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IIHS warns of poor small-overlap performance for front passengers
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Most recent crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show significant improvements in small-overlap performance, however the organization has warned that the same level of protection may not extend to the front passenger seat.

Asymmetrical reinforcements focused on the driver side appear to have prompted a deeper investigation into automakers' engineering decisions. The IIHS chose seven small SUVs with 'good' driver-side ratings and mirrored the small-overlap test to strike the opposite wheel.

"Only one of the vehicles, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, performed at a level corresponding to a good rating, and the others ran the gamut from poor to acceptable," the institute said in a statement.

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 and 2014 Nissan Rogue were the only vehicles with frontal structures that appeared asymmetrical. The RAV4 was the worst performer, with 13 more inches of intrusion than on the driver side, while the Rogue's door hinge pillar was completely torn off. If the passenger small-overlap test was included in the formal ratings system, the RAV4 would have received a 'poor' rating and the Rogue 'marginal.'
 

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OK, so they devise a standard for offset crashes into immovable objects, which creates a situation where vehicles get re-designed to redirect energy from the drivers side. Now, we are going to see how the re-engineered vehicles are going to deal with the passenger side crashes with the same scenario. The funny thing is, the redesign to meet the first test may result in poorer results for the new test.
 
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^it can be done. 2016 Hyundai Tucson was able to do it. What IIHS is seeing is that the necessary structural enhancements were only added to the drivers side, while the passenger's side was unchanged. Looking at the Tucson, Hyundai just added the additional supports to both sides of their new model. But it does seem just crazy that auto manufacturers would knowingly not add protection for the passenger(spouse, child, friend), when they KNOW the protections reduce or eliminate injury to the driver.
 

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has expanded its headlight assessment program, finding illumination deficiencies with 21 different small SUVs and crossovers.

Not a single model was deemed worthy of an overall 'good' rating. The Mazda CX-3 came closest, but only in the Grand Touring trim with LED headlights. The only other models to earn an 'acceptable' designation include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.

Some revisions will likely arrive via mid-cycle updates, as 'good' lighting ratings will be required to qualify for Top Safety Pick+ status beginning next year.


Read more: http://www.leftlanenews.com/iihs-tests-suv-headlights-none-deemed-good-video-92263.html#ixzz4ECz8OzBb
 
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