The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a U.S. nonprofit organization funded by the auto insurance industry, recently subjected eight SUVs to their crash test.
It is designed to mimic a violent collision in order to show how well protected the passengers are in car crashes. In the test, the vehicles with test dummies inside were driven at 40 miles an hour and were set to collide with a barrier. It is designed to reenact the impact of a vehicle with another car, a tree or a pole. The kind of crash test that IIHS performs is different from those mandated by the federal government.
Among all the SUVs that were subjected to the test, the Jeep Grand Cheroke and Ford Explorer both earned a “poor” rating, the worst possible rating that one can get.
The Grand Cherokee’s occupant compartment was crushed inward & the test dummy’s head hit the dashboard even with the front airbag. The driver’s side door also opened, allowing the dummy’s head to move outside the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the Explorer’s door frame was crushed inward by more than a foot during the impact. Based on the readings taken from test dummy, IIHS discovered that injuries to the right hip and lower leg are very likely with the vehicle.
In the other hand, the Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Atlas and GMC Acadia earned the best possible rating from the same test while the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot earned “acceptable” ratings.
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