Passenger-side crash tests of midsize SUVs by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed a range of problems, including structural collapse, an airbag nondeployment, hard hits to the dummy’s head and an open door.
A small overlap crash occurs when just the front corner of the vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole – 6 of the 8 vehicles managed to earn a good or acceptable rating for passenger-side small overlap front protection.
“Although some vehicles in this group offer very good protection, in other models, the airbags, safety belts and structure showed serious deficiencies,” says IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby. “In those SUVs, a front-seat passenger would be at risk of injuries to the head, hip or leg in a right-side small overlap front crash.”
Read the article at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.