The IIHS has announced that it has recently introduced a new crash test design which simulates an accident with a tree or a pole at 40 mph (64 km/h).
This is the newest frontal impact methodology introduced by the IIHS since 1995 and it’s a step forward into developing safer vehicles because car manufacturers are currently producing their vehicles by an old fashioned style which doesn’t reflect all the situations which can appear in a crash.
“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”, as the IIHS president, Adrian Lund, recently said in a press release.
The new frontal test introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is simulating an accident in which a car runs into a tree or a pole at 40 mph (64 km/h), striking only a quarter of the vehicle’s front fascia. This might seem like something useless and easy for most automakers but you should know that most entry-level premium sedans don’t offer any protection for this kind of impact. In fact, the 2012 BMW 3-Series, the 2012 Acura TSX, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ or the 2012 Volkswagen CC have been rated as “marginal” while models like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the 2012 Lexus IS, the 2012 Lexus ES or the 2012 Lexus A4 were rater “poor”. The only vehicles to get a positive rating were the Volvo S60 (good rating), the Acura TL (acceptable rating) and the Infiniti G Sedan (acceptable rating).