New data reveals that many popular sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) may not
properly protect passengers in a San Diego crash. The Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted a new front crash test that
simulates what happens when the passenger side of a vehicle crashes into
a tree or pole.
The small overlap front crash test was first introduced in 2012. It simulates
what would happen when 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the
driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. This type of crash focuses
the impact force in a small area of the vehicle and often causes the vehicle
to spin. By comparison, in standard front impact tests, 40 percent of
the car’s front bumper strikes the barrier.
The new crash tests are important because approximately 25 percent of all
serious and fatal accidents are attributed to “small overlap”
impacts, according to the IIHS. The accidents often result in severe foot
and leg injuries when the car’s front wheel is pushed back into
In the latest round of crash tests, the IIHS conducted 40 mph passenger-side
small overlap tests on seven small SUVs with good driver-side small overlap
ratings. Only one of the vehicles, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, performed
at a level corresponding to a good rating. The remaining vehicles were
rated poor or acceptable.
highlighted by the IIHS, the test results are important because front passengers are vulnerable
in traffic crashes. Approximately 1,600 right-front passengers died in
front crashes alone, according to the organization’s 2014 data.
The results have prompted IIHS to consider instituting a passenger-side
rating as part of its
TOP SAFETY PICK criteria. "This is an important aspect of occupant protection that
needs more attention," said Becky Mueller, an IIHS senior research
engineer and the lead author of the study.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a car accident,
don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. After a serious California crash, we can advocate on your
behalf to help hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions
and seek the compensation you deserve.