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Old 01-25-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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New crash tests on Honda Fit

Did you see the news reports on the new crash tests on subcompact cars including the Honda Fit? HORRIBLE is the only word for it!

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Before anyone gets all twisted up about the crash tests, please read this article:


"Larger cars like the Acura TSX, the BMW 3-series, the Lincoln MKZ, and the Volkswagen CC earned “marginal” ratings. The Mercedes-Benz C-class, the Lexus IS and ES350, and the Audi A4 were given “poor” ratings. We can only assume that because small cars make a far catchier hook on which to hang some good-ol’ mainstream paranoia, Time never got around to whipping up “The Terrifying Video That Will Convince You Not to Buy a Car of Moderate Size!”

"It’s also worth pointing out that many of these same subcompact cars posted “acceptable” or “good” scores in the other, more-established IIHS test categories. The Fit, for example, sports a “good” rating in each of the other four tests. The previous-gen 2013 Cadillac CTS sedan matched that feat (but was never small-overlap tested), and the IIHS deemed that good enough to award its coveted “Top Safety Pick” accolade. Is the current Fit—which has been sold in the same form since 2009—less safe than it was before the small-overlap test was rolled out? Apparently only the IIHS can make that call. The 2013 Fit—which, again, is identical to the 2014 but didn’t get small-overlap tested—is a Top Safety Pick."

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HORRIBLE is the only word for it!
That seems an overreaction. Frontal impact crashes represent 59 percent of passenger vehicle "tow-away" crashes and result in 38 percent of passenger-vehicle occupant fatalities. 25% of frontal crash deaths are due to small overlap crashes. Hence, less than one in ten fatalities are due to small overlap crashes. There are about 40,000 automobile crash deaths a year. There are now more than 300 million people in the U.S. If you drive for 50 years your chance of dying in a car crash is 1 in 100. Considering this, read the test details and measurements to get a better idea of actual risk.
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