Small Cars Don’t Fare Well In New Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 3:19 PM

Small Cars Don’t Fare Well In New Crash Tests
" ARLINGTON, VA — (WWJ) Only one of a dozen small cars earned a good rating in a tough new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“The Mini Cooper Countryman gave a solid performance,” says Joe Nolan, the Institute’s senior vice president forehicle research. “The Countryman’s safety cage held up reasonably well. The safety belts and airbags worked together to control the test dummy’s movement, and injury measures indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash this severe.”

LINK — Small Car Crash Test Results

The test, officially called the “Small Overlap Front Test” sends a car into a barrier at 40 miles per hour. Only 25 percent of the front of the car hits the barrier, similar to what would happen in a real world collision with a telephone poll or tree.

Five small cars received an acceptable rating, two were marginal and four were rated poor.

“All the vehicles that don’t perform well have a lack of containment of the occupant space,” says Nolan "

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