The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of those Ralph Nader relatives that never finds anything good to say about cars, because – truth to tell – the people that run the joint don’t like them.

So, they crash them and call it “testing.”

But they’re latest crash, er, test actually is a bit worrisome,

If you just bought a 5 Series BMW.

The thing just aboutnear flunked the side impact test.

The side impact test isn’t complicated.

They slam a big hunk of concrete into the side of the car, right behind the front seat, right in front of the back seat, at the B pillar. 

And the worst performing large sedan was:

The BMW 5 Series.

The best?

The Kia Amanti, along with the Volvo S80 and the Acura RL. The STS Cadillac and E Class Mercedes also passed, but were in the second level.

But the Bimmer got a D minus.

BMW blamed an arm rest that injured the crash dummy and said that the result was an artifact of the unique testing done by the Insurance Institute.

Maybe, but that hunk of concrete sorta reminds one of the front end of an old Kenworth.

I wouldn’t want to be the guy driving that car.

Much as it pains me to admit it – as I’ve nevery thought the IIHS was anything but a Ralph Nader clone – that’d give me pause, were I in the market.

A BMW spokesman offered this explanation:

"The issue is that depending on the location of seat, the location of dummy, the location of the sled, the results could change. This was one test on one day on one car."

So. Adjusting the seat position is now a life or death decision?

Source: Detroit News

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