According to several news agencies, the ever-so-popular Toyota Camry did not perform well in the latest crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The reports indicate that the auto safety group has tested several family sedans to identify exactly what models are the safest vehicles available on the market now.
The group tested 18 models of midsize family vehicles. Out of these 18 models, 13 got good ratings. The tests included a new test designed to recreate a frontal crash involving a pole or even a tree. The test consists of crashing a vehicle going at 40 miles per hour against a thi object that mimics a pole or tree. Only a small portion og the front bumper on the driver’s side crashes into the object, making this a difficult test. Luxury vehicles were tested in the past and only two models out of 11 got good ratings.
The models that rated the worst in this new type of test are the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius v hybrid wagon.
According to the official report, the Toyota Camry’s front wheel was pushed back as a result of the impact, which caused the passenger side of the vehicle footwell inward.
The Prius c also experienced a similar crushing of the passenger side. According to the official articles, the airbags in these vehicles failed to deploy fast enough, which could pose an injury hazard to passengers. The steering in the Toyota Camry was pushed far to the right, which caused the airbag mounted to the steering wheel do little to help protect the driver.
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