Eleven of 13 cars involved in new side-impact crash tests performed by an independent, nonprofit organization earned a “poor,” the lowest of four ratings, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said.I myself drive a small car, a Saturn SC1 to be exact. Yeah I know, it isn't very flashy but at least it gets me to where I need to go.
The Chevrolet Cobalt and the Toyota Corolla earned the second-highest rating of “acceptable” when tested with their optional side air bags. Without them, they earned “poor” ratings.
The vehicles that earned a “poor” rating were the Dodge Neon, Ford Focus and Volkswagen's New Beetle, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Spectra, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Saturn Ion, Suzuki Forenza and Suzuki Aerio. The results were released Sunday.
The institute's test simulates a severe crash. A barrier designed to resemble the front of a pickup or sport utility vehicle hits the side of the vehicle at 50 kilometres an hour. A “poor” rating means a high chance of serious injury in a similar crash.
Anyways, what lesson will the enviro-nuts take from this:
1) Small cars are dangerous and are liable to get you killed.
2) Pickups and SUVs put small car drivers at risk.
I suspect they will go with #2.