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Many Luxury Cars Receive Poor Safety Ratings

Acura_TL_action.jpg Sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for. Since early last year, both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have implemented more rigorous crash-testing procedures that makes a five-star rating more difficult to achieve. As a result, only three of the eleven cars that had previously received a five-star crash test safety rating managed to receive a five-star rating on their newest model.

Both the Acura TL and the Volvo S60 sedans received “good” ratings and the Infiniti G earned an “acceptable” rating. However, the Mercedes Benz C-Class, Lexus IS 250/350, Audi A4 and the Lexus ES 350 all received a “poor” rating. The Insurance Institute scores are often referenced in car advertisements and “most of the models evaluated in the new overlap test, including those that received marginal and poor ratings, were otherwise named 2012 IIHS “top safety picks” for top scores” for side and rear-impact crash tests.

Since crash tests have been implemented, crash-related deaths are no longer on of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, “nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year.” Crash tests are working to mimic real life crashes to determine how people are seriously injured and how these injuries can be prevented. Researchers are looking at straight-on front end crashes, small overage crashes and crashes in which a car strikes a stationary object in “more of a glancing blow.”

Luxury Cars Struggle In New Crash Tests, www.forbes.com August 14, 2012.


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