Insurance Institute for Highway Safety releases new crash tests report

Published On: Dec 20 2012 04:11:01 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 04:50:39 AM EST

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released new crash tests for a group of 18 midsize family cars Thursday.

The vehicles are the first moderately priced cars to be subjected to the Institute's more stringent frontal crash test - a small overlap test that simulates what happens when just the front corner of a car hits another vehicle or a roadside object like a tree or pole.

Two cars, the Honda Accord and Suzuki Kizashi earn good ratings, another 11 models are rated acceptable. Two cars from Toyota, the Camry and the Prius v are rated poor.  The Prius v sustained major structural deformation in the test.

The Institute implemented the new tests after research showed that about a quarter of serious injuries and deaths in frontal crashes occur in these small overlap impacts. 

You can read the news release here or check out the report here.

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