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August 20, 2012

Less Than 30% Luxury Sedans Pass New Insurance Crash Test (!)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has created a new insurance automobile crash test that is tougher and may, according to one automaker, go too far.

The complaints, it turns out, may have some validity. After all, of the 11 luxury sedans that have sat the IIHS new front crash test, only three passed: the Volvo S60, the Infiniti G Series and the Acura TL. The others failed due to many of their safety features failing to act properly. 

The test has the cars slamming their driver’s sides into a soft wall at 40 miles per hour. This is a new type of test. Automakers have been making cars that could pass the head-on collision tests. Talking about this new type of sideways test, Adrian Lund, head of the IIHS, said, “These are severe crashes, and our new test reflects that. Most automakers design their vehicles to ace our moderate overlap frontal test and NHTSA’s full-width frontal test, but the problem of small overlap crashes hasn’t been addressed. We hope our new rating program will change that.”

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