Front Passengers More At Risk Than Drivers In Small SUVs

Posted: Jun 25 2016, 6:38am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 25 2016, 9:05am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Front Passengers More at Risk Than Drivers in Small SUVs
The structure of the Toyota RAV4 held up well in the driver-side small overlap test. In contrast, intrusion was severe in the passenger-side crash. Credit: IIHS
  • Passengers are more at Risk for Injuries as compared to Drivers at times

Vehicles that support good drive-side protection might be more dangerous for front passengers according to IIHS.

According to the new reports of testing it was seen that drivers of small SUVs have loads of safety on their hand while traveling. On the other hand, front passengers of these vehicles don’t have much security while travelling.

This notification was given by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Recently a frontal crack up test was conducted on a 2015 Toyota RAV4. The test was aimed at the right side of the vehicle, the results generated “poor” and unsatisfactory ratings on the scale.

The test conducted on the 2014 Nissan Rogue and 2014 Subaru Forester showed “marginal” results. Three other SUVs including 2015 Buick Encore, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V showed “acceptable” results. While only one model that was Hyundai Tuscan 2016 showed “good” results.

All of these cars rated on “good” for collision at the side of the driver’s seat. The other kind of crashes however did not provide reliable results. The IIHS did the testing on a 40 mile per hour speed crash. This means that at this speed a car becomes vulnerable to injure the front passengers if the car is hit at the right side only.

The results indicated that these cars can pose serious and life threatening injuries for passengers if a crash like this occurs. Toyota however argues that this testing which was made by IIHS was severe and beyond the certain range that is used to testify these conditions according to federal testing range.

According to IIHS results the thickness of passenger side was not appropriate to bear the shock of collision. Thus increasing the thickness to this side can lower injury risks. In many states Children are forbidden to sit in front seats until they reach a certain age.

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