IIHS Passenger-Side Small Overlap Front Crash Test Introduced with Mixed Results

IIHS Passenger-Side Small Overlap Front Crash Test Introduced with Mixed Results

IIHS Passenger-Side Small Overlap Front Crash Test Introduced with Mixed Results

Among the first group of vehicles tested in the new passenger-side small overlap front crash test, both the 2018 Outback and Legacy earned a rating of good, the highest possible in the test, with the IIHS singling out the Outback as one of the top performers. In total, 13 vehicles were crash-tested.

The safety features helped both the F-150 crew cab and extended cab avoid collisions at 12 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour, IIHS said. (SCI) is pleased to announce that the recently refreshed 2018 Outback and Legacy both earned top ratings in a new crash test program introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For this test, IIHS will accept test data and video footage from automakers to issue a score. It mimics what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or with an obstacle such as a tree or utility pole. It forced a change in automotive safety design.

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Check out the IIHS video below as Becky Mueller talks about the new passenger crash testing. Citing concerns that some automakers have been focusing more on driver-side protection than on parity on both sides of the front of the auto, the Institute will now run a passenger-side small overlap front test program on all vehicles it tests.

"The restraint system didn't do a good job of protecting the dummy's head from contacting the dash".

How do the vehicles protect passengers? Indeed, only two of the nine SUVs tested scored "good" ratings.

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IIHS has issued ratings in the small overlap test for several years now, but only on the driver's side of the vehicle. The 2017 Compass's optional HID headlights headlights received a marginal headlight rating, while the base halogen headlights earned a poor rating.

Of course, there's a reason driver-side testing is still most important for the front overlap test: it's far more common for collisions with oncoming cars to strike the driver's side. "Clearly, some manufacturers were paying attention".

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