Subaru Forester covers little SUVs in new accident test
The Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport have won top awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, becoming the sole small SUVs to star the group's new "small overlap" crash test.
"This is exactly how we expected manufacturers could react to increase safety for people in such significant frontal crashes."
The Forester, which Subaru redesigned for the 2014 model year, received Top Safety Pick awards by scoring a "good" score on the tiny overlap test, in which the front corner of the car on the driver's side hits a five-foot-tall obstacle at 40 mph.
Thirty vehicles have now received Top Safety Pick awards for safety in small overlap accidents, the IIHS said Thursday.
5 others ranked 'bad'
The little crossover and SUV market is one of many auto industry's fastest-growing segments as U.S. Customers seek purpose, electricity and increased fuel economy.
When the Patriot crashed, for instance, the controls moved 8 inches upward and 6 inches to the right, so the crash test dummy's head could fall off the airbag.
RAV4 test detained
The IIHS continues to award its Top Safety Pick awards, which do not include the small overlap test.
RAV4 test delayed
The IIHS continues to honor its Top Safety Pick respects, which don't are the small overlap test.
Toyota asked to delay the test to create changes that will assist RAV4 guests fare better in-a small overlap accident, the IIHS said.
This past year since the small overlap test was introduced by it the insurance industry-funded group has examined a few amounts of vehicles.
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