Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests

Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans – the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 – not the latest round of IIHS frontal tests.
As we reported Monday, simulates the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset of the new barrier test, a 40-mph collision with a rigid barrier that overlaps only 25% of the car. The test simulates a front-corner collision with a tree, a pole or another vehicle, a scenario. Responsible for almost 25% of prior crashes, injuring the seriously or kill someone before, says IIHS The new test will reinforce the existing agency frontal test, the crash a car at 40 mph against a deformable barrier that overlaps 40% of the front.
"Outside of some automakers' test site, such a test is not present anywhere else performed in the United States or Europe," IIHS said in a statement noting that, despite an increasing number of cars that perform well in frontal crash tests some 10,000 highway deaths or of frontal collisions every year.

The first batch of IIHS crash test results contain 11 luxury cars, the 2012s all. Only three – the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Infiniti G – has Acceptable or Good. In addition to the C-Class, A4 and the two Lexus cars, the remaining four – the Acura TSX, BMW 3 Series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC – has Marginal or Poor. The C-Class, A4 and Lexus cars earned the worst IIHS designation, Poor. IIHS cited poor structural integrity for all four, but the S60 was the only car whose structure deserves a good review.
Although a major car crumple zones to protect the passenger cell, the so-called "small overlap crashes" impact, the front wheels, chassis and engine firewall, intrusion was substantial cabin. In some cases, forming the front wheel crunching the footwell. The S60 passenger compartment intrusion resisted the best, see his photo over the Lexus IS below. Lexus was not the only car manufacturer, cut the poor. IIHS says the crash test for Mercedes C-Class left the dummy foot wedged under the brake pedal, while the driver's door is opened to the A4 and the CC. The CC door fell completely – the first instance of this ever happened, IIHS noted.
Expanding the boundaries of the frontal crush structure and building safety cages that help impact resistance at its borders can, with IIHS. With the occupants is also important. Front air bag cover was difficult, though, as crash forces tend to move in the direction of the dummy's A-pillars. Side curtain airbags could alleviate the situation, but only six of the 11 cars put them – and four of them do not offer us enough coverage. In the MKZ, for example, missed the crash test dummy the steering wheel airbag total. Compare it with the TL (below), whose dummy hit the bag.

See the complete results below. IIHS expects the family sedans like the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion test next. Top Safety Picks will continue in 2013, but IIHS is "a higher award level, which will be announced later this year" for cars, to safeguard existing a top rating in the small overlap test and the Institute tests introduce.

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