Small Car Crash Tests Reveal Lukewarm Results

Small car crash tests reveal lukewarm results


The United States government has strict regulations in place regarding the safety features of every car on the road. Before they are allowed to sell in our country, car manufacturers must pass a strict battery of tests, including the famous front-end crash test.

Unfortunately, a new report from CBS Philadelphia claims that many of the new small cars on the market today performed relatively poorly on these safety tests. Three models, the Volkswagen Beetle, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Sonic all received “marginal” safety ratings in crash tests. Even worse, the Kia Soul, the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra were all rated “poor,” meaning that owners of these cars could be at a high risk of injury in the event of a motor vehicle crash.

Some models did well, however. Four cars received “good” ratings: the Hyundai Elantra, the Scion tC, the Dodge Dart and the Ford Focus. The star of the show, however, was the Honda Civic, which was the only recipient of the “good” rating among all small cars tested.

Of course, no vehicle is able to prevent injury in all situations. Though we often take it for granted, driving is a very dangerous activity, one that places one’s own safety in the hands of every other drivers on the road. When a driver’s carelessness or negligence leads to a car accident, often they are innocent motorists who pay the price. In such situations, drivers can often seek compensation by pursuing a personal injury suit. This can help injured motorists pay for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Source: CBS Philly, “Blog: Mixed Results In Latest Small Car Crash Tests” Jim Donovan, Aug. 08, 2013