Luxury Cars Score Poorly in Crash Test

August 17, 2012

It’s the kind of car crash that kills about a quarter of those involved in an accident. The front end bumper collides with another car or a fixed object. Turns out, this is not one scenario the auto industry has made a top priority when it comes to car safety.  That may change after the latest crash test data developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Click here to read more and watch this report from CBS News.

Eight out of eleven cars tested earned marginal or poor ratings.  Those earning a poor rating included the Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS 250, Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350. Those earning a marginal rating included — the Acura TSX, BMW3 Series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC.  The final three earned good or acceptable ratings, including the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and the Infiniti G. All cars were 2012 model years.

The institute said the new test, which was paid for by the insurance industry, indicates that side air bags — which are designed for direct impact, T-bone crashes but not for off-center, frontal ones — may not go off in time or extend far enough to protect occupants.

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