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Small Car Crash Test Results Show Room For Improvement | Orlando Accident Attorney

Small Car Crash Test Results Show Room For Improvement | Orlando Accident Attorney

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Small Car Crash Test Results Show Room For Improvement | Orlando Accident Attorney

InsuranceJournal.com recently published the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) recent crash safety testing.  In this round of testing the IIHS created a new crash test where only the front driver’s corner of the vehicle is involved.  This round of testing also only involved small cars.

Here is how these small vehicles fared:

GOOD
2013 Honda Civic (four-door)
2013 Honda Civic (two-door

ACCEPTABLE
2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Ford Focus
2013 Hyundai Elantra
2014 Toyota Scion tC

MARGINAL
2013 Chevrolet Sonic
2013 Chevrolet Cruze
2013 Volkswagen Beetle

POOR
2013 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Forte
2013 Nissan Sentra

Poor performers were noted to have safety cage collapses, driver airbags that moved sideways, and crash dummy occupants hitting dashboard displays during crashes.

All of the companies with vehicles tested indicated that they are hard at work on new designs to improve performance on this new insurance industry test.  On the bright side, the small cars tested here generally did better than the small-sized SUV’s tested earlier this year.

Based upon the results of this testing, and seeing my fair share of wrecked cars as an Orlando accident attorney, I think I’ll stick with our family’s 8-passenger Toyota Sequoia.  Clearly, if you have the means, driving a mid-sized or larger vehicle is likely to be a safer experience if you are, unfortunately, involved in a car accident.

If you have any questions following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.

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