The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test said that Toyota Camry and Prius V hybrid got the lowest ratings in a new crash test.
Although the Toyota Camry is the best-selling mid-size car in the States, this hasn’t saved the vehicle from receiving the lowest rating in new crash test, together with the Prius V hybrid. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test the two models were the only ones which got ‘poor’ score during the test simulating a crash in which the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car, a pole and a tree. The ‘good’ ratings were given to Honda’s Accord and Suzuki’s Kizashi.
“With this new test, the institute has raised the bar again and we will respond to the challenge,” Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, said in an e-mail. “We are evaluating the new test protocols and can say that there will not be one single solution to achieve greater crash performance in this area.”
The U.S. government’s test only simulates a frontal collision between two vehicles, but the Institute said that the small-overlap test was introduced because it accounts for almost a fourth of the total frontal crashes that cause serious injuries and deaths for people in front seats.