Readers who even have a cursory knowledge of motor vehicle safety are aware of the issue sports utility vehicles have presented in the past with respect to safety. When SUVs initially increased in popularity, there were various concerns that safety critics raised, including the risk of rollover crashes, poor visibility, and the risk to other drivers in the event of a crash.
Many of these concerns have been addressed in recent years with improved designs and safety features, but as a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report points out, SUVs still have weak points. The report concerns a recent crash safety test which evaluated how various SUVs perform in small overlap crashes.
Small overlap crashes, for readers who don’t know, occur when a motorist crashes into the front corner of another vehicle in an oncoming lane or another object such on the side of the road such as a pole or a tree. The test was introduced three years ago in an effort to help manufacturers develop vehicles with improved safety performance in these crashes, as well as to help consumers identify safe vehicles.
The IIHS test showed that some SUVs on the market do not have adequate protection when it comes to small overlap crashes. That being said, some SUVs did perform well on the test, which goes to show that consumers should be informed about the safety ratings of the vehicles they are looking at purchasing.
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