Car Makers Increasing Passenger Safety
IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has developed a new crash test program that aims at making sure manufacturers are paying attention to the safety of front passengers as well as drivers safety. In the test, most of the crash impact is absorbed by the front passenger side of the vehicle.
The test was developed after IIHS realized that manufacturers were not paying as much attention to safety on the right side when it came to small overlap front crash protection. To recieve the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ Award a good or acceptable passenger-side rating will be required.
The small overlap crash test for the driver side was started back in 2012. While most vehicles earned low ratings at that time, that has since changed with two-thirds of 2017 models earning a “good” rating. With the driver side protection increasing safety each year, it was time to focus on the passenger side.
The 2017-18 cars tested fared well compared to models ranging from 2014-2016. 10 out of 13 as received a “good” rating, one was “acceptable” and two were “marginal”. The largest issue with the newer midsize vehicles was inconsistent airbag protection in five of the cars.
The two vehicles that earned “marginal” ratings were the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Passat. This was because the passenger dummy’s head slid off the front airbag and hit the dashboard. The measures taken of the injuries show that in a real crash, a sever head injury could be possible.
With the addition of this test as criteria fro the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ Award, consumers can know better which car will keep not just themselves, but their passenger safe as well. The below video gives an overview Watch all the test videos on the IIHS YouTube page.