Posted Sep 26th 2012 11:30AM
Canadians face nearly 200,000 car crash related injuries each year and of those reported over 2,000 fatal injuries were a cause of death. Canadian consumers are concerned when it comes to better protecting themselves in a collision (and buying a military-spec SUV isn't the solution).
The competitive mid-size luxury car market is thriving, but according to a new crash test study some of these premium cars may come with a much larger cost to your safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S. released its findings as eight out of the eleven most popular luxury sedans failed their latest crash test study.
Safety ratings have quickly become a top priority for today's car buyer and how certain brands or models perform in such tests can have a huge impact on sales. The IIHS put mid-sized luxury models through the new test first because they "tend to get the most advanced safety and engineering systems first," says IIHS spokesman Russ Rader.
The new test, called the "small overlap frontal crash test," involves only one quarter of the front of the car hitting a rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h). In traditional front-end tests, half of the vehicle hits a barrier. The new test measures what happens to a front-seat driver or passenger when this kind of crash happens. The scores are the same as for the agency's other tests: good, acceptable, marginal and poor.
Click here to find out the Top 8 Most Deadly Luxury Cars in an Accident.
News Source: 24/7 Wall St.