IIHS says midsize sedans side-impact ratings improve, rear-impact still a problem

Crash tests results released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that midsize sedans made major improvements in the latest rounds of side-impact tests, however many new models were in the spotlight for not offering enough protection in rear crashes.

The IIHS tested seven new 2008 models including the Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Infiniti G35, Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant, Saturn Aura and Nissan Altima. All models received good ratings in front and side crash tests besides the Optima which received a rating of acceptable.

“The side impact results represent a huge change from just four years ago,” said IIHS senior vice president David Zuby, “A major change is that side air bags are standard in every one of the seven midsize cars we tested this time around.”

IIHS said that side impact crashes account for about 28 percent of all traffic accidents.

In rear crash tests, the Malibu, Aura, Altima and G35 received marginal ratings while the Mitsubishi Galant was rated poor. Kia Optima had the only good rating for rear crashes.


Source: The Detroit News