These videos are making the auto industry nervous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a test that pitted some car companies smallest cars against versus the smallest offering in an offset crash. It’s the Smart ForTwo vs Mercedes C-Class, Honda Fit vs. Honda Accord, and Toyota Yaris vs. Toyota Camry.

The ForTwo is shown above and the Fit and the Yaris videos are after the jump. While the small ones have some pretty horrific damage, each of the small cars featured earned the IIHS’s top score of “good” in most of its other testing. The manufactures say that the test is not reflecting real-world conditions.

Honda Fit:


 

Toyota Yaris:


What do you think?
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3 comments:

  (183) posted on 04.17.2009

or let’s just avoid testing your car’s ability to protect you from car crash by driving safe and responsible. anyway, the first and the last video keeps on recurring in my head. it’s quite disturbing but its reality and it can happen to anyone.

  (177) posted on 04.17.2009

It was as if the video was telling me to invest in cars that can provide the best protection during car crash.

adrian  (90) posted on 04.17.2009

I’d say the tests are a good sign for all. 40 miles/hour x 2 = 128 km/h!!!! So the results are as if you will hit a wall at 128 km/h! Keep that in mind first smiley The bigger damage to smaller cars is obvious due the larger forces that they need to sustain. Also see that smaller car is always pushed back. What there is to know is:

1. At sudden stop from 128km/h you do not survive because your internal organs crush and you die of internal bleeding - even if you do not have one scratch on your body;

2. In real world it is hard to have this kind of impact (but not impossible) since at least one of the drivers will use the breaks and pull the wheel so you will have smaller speed (possibly) and not a 90 degree angle of the crash (and this will not give you a sudden full stop);

3. Also consider that model construction and airbags vary on the area the car is sold (I’d love to see the european versions);

4. You will get similar results if you hit a wall or tree at 120-130km/h;

Looking forward to see more smiley

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