Only 3 of 8 luxury SUVs Ace New Crash Tested
The insurance industry is always pushing the automobile industry to manufacture safer cars. Throughout 2023, this push took the form of a new crash test. Almost every car has failed. But the first round of luxury cars has now been put to the test. Although most students still performed poorly, the results were better, with nearly half the class achieving top grades.
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Two crash testing agencies in America
In America there are two organizations that conduct crash tests on most new cars.
The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responding to taxpayers. It played no role in this round of testing.
But there is a second major safety laboratory, one affiliated with insurance companies. A group of auto insurance companies funds the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The institute has a reputation for performing more rigorous testing than NHTSA. We advise car shoppers to pay attention to laboratory testing. But keep in mind that the IIHS is the strictest.
When NHTSA wants to change its testing, it must subject each proposed change to a period of public comment and potential scrutiny by Congress. Lobbyists try to mitigate every change.
When the IIHS wants to make a test more difficult, it makes the test more difficult. Its bosses – your insurance company – want to be as strict as possible.
what’s new? Child-sized doll in the back
This year, the institute made frontal crash testing more difficult by adding a child-sized dummy to the back seat. The dummy is attached to measure the probability of common injuries to back seat passengers.
The test sends a vehicle traveling at 40 mph into a barrier, and it compensates so that the collision occurs with some overlap — like two cars colliding at an intersection when one is out of its lane.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added the second dummy because “research has shown that the risk of fatal injury in newer vehicles is now higher for passengers wearing seat belts in the second row than for passengers in the front.” Back seat passengers are no more at risk than they were before. The front seats have become safer.
But many of the safety innovations that protect front-seat passengers have not spread to the rear seats. By drawing attention to this, the institute hopes to push automakers to add more safety features to the second row.
This did not go well for most car categories
Most midsize cars struggled with the new test.
Small cars were no better.
Most midsize SUVs also failed.
You’re picking up on a subject, aren’t you? The minivans all performed poorly.
Almost every large truck received the lowest possible score.
Midsize trucks fared slightly better.
But none of these models are manufactured by luxury automakers. Luxury cars often carry the latest safety features. More money can buy you more security.
In the first round of testing including luxury cars, three of eight midsize luxury SUVs received top scores.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates vehicles as good, fair, marginal, or poor based on the likelihood of injury to the driver, and now the second-row passenger.
There is still room for improvement
All SUVs tested protect the driver as much as possible.
However, in protecting the back seat dummy, some have had the same problem as most less expensive vehicles. The doll is “sunk” with part of her torso slipping below the waistband. The IIHS says this increases the chance of abdominal injuries.
“Although many vehicles in this category performed very well, the fact that we saw flooding in half of the models we tested shows that many manufacturers still have work to do to improve their restraint systems,” says institute president David Harkey. Second row”.
The back seat is still the safest place for children
Don’t let these results convince you that moving the baby forward is safer. “Even with these advances, the back seat remains the safest place for children, who could be injured by a deployed front airbag, and the rating does not apply to children who are properly secured in child safety seats,” IIHS notes.