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IIHS performs safety testing on small cars

Car safety is something we all have on our minds, particularly those of us looking to purchase new vehicles. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there for folks wondering what vehicles are considered safest in the class their looking for. In a recent set of tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the particular focus was on small cars.

According to the IIHS, six of the 12 small cars tested well in front-end accidents, but others did not come out very well. In particular, the two-door and four-door Honda Civic models came out with a rating of “good,” the IIHS’ top rating for its tests. Four others were rated “acceptable,” and the rest “poor.”

Small cars, of course, are popular in the United States because of gas mileage concerns, but they tend to present additional safety concerns. When compared to midsize cars, small cars perform worse as a group, but they perform better than small sport utility vehicles.

The IIHS puts its ratings out so as to help consumes make better decisions, keeping safety in mind. The testing, on the whole, tends to be fairly influential on consumers. The federal government performs its own tests on vehicles, but the IIHS tests are stricter. Later this year, the IIHS will publish results of testing for mini-cars.

When drivers of small cars are involved in car accidents with larger vehicles, it is not uncommon for them to suffer serious injuries. When it comes to seeking appropriate compensation from responsible parties, crash victims are obviously not faulted for their vehicle preference. They do, however, take those additional risks on in using smaller vehicles. 

Source: Colorado Daily, “Safest small cars to crash in: Can you guess?,”  Tom Krisher, August 8, 2013. 

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