Monday, January 27, 2014

Chevy Spark: Top of It's Class in IIHS Crash Test


...And Earns a Top Safety Pick Award!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted safety tests on 2013 and 2014 subcompact cars. Out of the 11 minicars tested, the Chevy Spark was the only one to pass and earn a top safety pick award in the “small-overlap” crash test.

Here is a desription of the “small-overlap” crash test from the IIHS.

"Introduced in 2012, the small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph.

The test is more difficult than the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test because most of the vehicle's front-end crush zone is bypassed. That makes it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy, and the occupant compartment can collapse as a result. Nevertheless, in many size categories, manufacturers have found ways to improve vehicle structures to meet this challenge."

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