Only one out of 11 cars currently for sale in the American market passed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) rigorous testing, specifically the small overlap frontal protection test. What this means, according to the IIHS, is that drivers and passengers, depending on which side the accident takes place, are more susceptible to injury and harm from some of the most statistically common types of crashes that only affect the right or left 25% of the front bumper of a car’s structure. Accidents that mirror this type of impact are colliding with trees, other cars while changing lanes on a highway and other types of diagonal contact. These results show that the minicar category has a long way to go before achieving satisfactory safety ratings across the industry, as this category underperformed all others for the second year in a row.
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