New Crash Test Reveals Luxury Cars Not So Safe
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduces a tougher 'offset' test that few luxury cars were able to pass.
The IIHS, a nonprofit organization of insurance companies, found that only two of 11 luxury cars scored a "good" rating on the new test, an "offset" crash that puts more stress on a car's front corners and wheel assemblies. The new test focuses the impact on just 25 percent of the car's front end, compared with 40 percent in the older test. This kind of impact, the IIHS says, is a major cause of fatalities and one that normally goes unaddressed.
The new test, like the IIHS's roof-strength ratings in 2009 and its efforts to evaluate active safety systems, is part of a continuous attempt to make it tougher for automakers to earn spots on the vaunted Top Safety Pick list.
"Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year," IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a press release.
Only the Volvo S60 and Acura TL scored "good." Both cars had sufficient body-frame strength to prevent the wheel assemblies from intruding into the cabin, the IIHS said. The Infiniti G37 was rated "marginal," while eight other 2012 models -- including the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- rated "poor." Those vehicles were likely to cause a "high risk of injury to the legs and feet," the IIHS said.
In some cases, as with the Lincoln MKZ, the crash-test dummy's head missed the front airbag because of intrusions. In testing on the Volkswagen CC, the driver's door flew off. While most vehicle safety cages and crush zones are effective within the "middle 50 percent" of the car's front end, few cars have enough strength on their edges to prevent serious injuries, the IIHS said.
The group's next step is to crash less expensive midsize cars such as the Honda Accord. However, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Consumer Reports said it doesn't expect there to be significant improvements in this small-offset crash test for five or even 10 years.
All the safety testing in the world is of no use, if drivers continue to violate safe driving techniques. It only serves to drive up the cost of a car, your insurance, because of stupidity of careless drivers, and you suffer in the pocket for it.
Politically, it is so much easier to blame all of this on the automobiles instead of where the fault really lies. We have people that are allowed to renew licenses indefinitely without taking an actual driving test. We have people who in collusion with lawyers, file ridiculous lawsuits instead of taking responsibility for their actions.
Leave my cars alone and get dangerous drivers off the road. Driving a car is NOT a right it is a privilege! And it is time that people who want to drive to accept that. It's stupid to try and engineer the machine so that it compensates for the driver's stupidity.
Cars have gotten much safer its the drivers who have become less attentive to "driving"
DRUNK driving, texting cell phone,speeding and in some cases just plain stupidity.
The problem with the test is that the engineers can design the cars to perform very well for a known or planned event.
Just how many accidents in the Real World are planned?
Why not just lower the speed limit nationally to 25 mph, require everyone to drive with a helmet, shin guards and a mouthpiece. Then place concrete barriers inbetween lanes and no left turns. Better yet, go back to riding horsed, there were no reported "offset" frontal collisions that resulted in a death.
What is next? A centrifugal meter to measure motion sickness if the car spins out??
@ Angela & someone, seems like you two are looking for a date, so why don't you go and F*#@! yourselves and comeback when you guys are done and then comment about the car article...
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