In ActualidadMotor we have spoken on more than one occasion of the crash tests of the IIHS american, especially of the test small overlap crash, which consists in a frontal impact with 25% of the surface of the front of the car at 64 km/h, one of the toughest tests that, when implemented, few cars exceeded. With the passage of time, virtually all cars reach the maximum global score a Top Safety Pick +, for which it is necessary to pass the test of the frontal impact partial. Since its introduction in 2012, 13 manufacturers have made changes in the 97 car.
more than a year Ago that the IIHS was sure that some manufacturers made traps, by reinforcing only the driver’s side, which is that the tests are performed. Therefore, this independent agency has tested seven SUVS demonstrating that, indeed, the car manufacturers play in general with little ethics to the do not reinforce the passenger side by the same. Only the Hyundai Tucson has passed the maximum score in this test.
In the case of the Toyota RAV4, the differences are very obvious
This discovery is making the IIHS consider introducing an additional test to test the consequences of an impact partially front on the passenger side, that would certainly be a success in the face to improve the security. The intrusion into the passenger compartment can cause serious injuries in case of an accident. In the united States, in 2014, killed 1,600 people in the seats of the airbag.
From the IIHS, they say that it is logical that, in principle, only a reinforcement of the driver’s side, since in all the cars so, while you may not ride anyone in the passenger seat. The IIHS same advised to the manufacturers to strengthen first the driver’s side, to be able to implement the improvements as soon as possible to the greatest number of vehicles, hoping that after a reinforcement of the passenger side.
From among the seven cars tested, only the Hyundai Tucson has obtained the highest mark, offering a protection pair on both sides of the front cab. The other models are moved between levels of protection, acceptable and poor. The IIHS has detected structural differences visually, that are noted directly in the test shock. However, in vehicles with no apparent differences, the crash-test have not shown results even on both sides.
Only the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue (Nissan X-Trail) show structural differences, and in both cases there is a better protection on the driver’s side. In the case of the RAV4 is the one that obtains the worst result, while the Nissan receives a rating of marginal. These two models are the most intrusion took in the interior of the airbag, with 33 cm for the Toyota and 25 for the Nissan. In addition, in the case of the Toyota, the door opened, with the risk of deportation involved in a real accident.
The Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester were apparently vehicles are symmetric, that should offer the same protection on both sides. However, it was not so in the test and earned an acceptable, and marginal, respectively. It is likely that in these cases we have used different materials or slightly more thick difficult to detect in a visual inspection.
In the other three models tested, such as the Hyundai Tucson, Buick Encore (Opel Mokka) and Honda CR-V, we detected a very light variations, which according to the IIHS could be because of the normal variability in this type of test because it is usually the reinforcements for the bottom bracket and the steering column to give more protection.
Source – IIHS