Today, August 14th, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the results of its latest crash testing method, a 40-mph frontal-impact crash test.
The test was made on some of the most known entry luxury sedans, to see how efficiently they protect the passengers during a 40-mph frontal-impact crash. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 got the top score of ‘Good’, the Infiniti G was deemed ‘Acceptable’, the 2012 BMW 3-Series, the 2012 Acura TSX, the 2012 Volkswagen CC and the 2012 Lincoln MKZ earned the score of ‘Marginal’ and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 and the Lexus ES and IS got the lowest rating of ‘Poor’.
The specialists tested if in a 40-mph frontal-impact crash 25% of the vehicle’s front end is able to absorb the full force of the collision. During the test the force is spread across the whole car front. The last time the IIHS did this test was in 1995 with an offset-frontal test during which 40% of the vehicle hits a barrier.
“These are severe crashes, and our new test reflects that,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund. “Most automakers design their vehicles to ace our moderate overlap frontal test and NHTSA’s full-width frontal test, but the problem of small overlap crashes hasn’t been addressed. We hope our new rating program will change that.”