California Traffic Safety: How Safe is Your New Vehicle?

December 31, 1969

What was once named one of the safest cars on our roadways failed to return such great ratings in the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test.

According to CNN Money, the recent crash tests looked at over nearly 20 top vehicles. The test crashed the front-side bumper into a wall while traveling at 40 miles per hour. Of the vehicles, only about 10 got top marks.
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There were two cars that earned "poor" marks. These were the Toyota Camry as well as the Toyota Prius v hybrid wagon. In this test, the front-driver tire was pushed back into the cab and right into the passenger compartment footwell. The steering wheel was also pushed back in -- right into where the driver would be sitting. It gets even worse. The side airbags didn't come out far enough to provide the needed protection for this kind of crash.

Our Costa Mesa accident attorneys understand how critical these crash test ratings can be. Many families in California will be looking at purchasing a new car in 2013. It's important that all consumers check out the latest safety ratings of potential vehicles by visiting SafeCar.gov. On this website, you can get all of the info you need. You can check the latest safety recalls, you can sign up for e-mail alerts and you can even check out a new guide for car-buying tips. This kind of information will help you to make sure that you've got one of the safest cars out there. It's a move that could wind up saving your life.

"Toyota engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of their competitors," said Adrian Lund with the IIHS.

What got "good" ratings?

-Suzuki Kizashi

-Honda Accord

Unfortunately, you're not going to be able to get the Kizashi here in the U.S. They recently pulled out of the U.S. market after some not so good sales marks. There were only 500 of them sold in November of 2011. That's in comparison to the more than 25,000 Accords and nearly 30,000 Camrys sold.

What got "acceptable" ratings?

-Subaru Legacy and Outback

-Volkswagen Passat

-Kia Optima

-Mazda6

-Chrysler 200

What got "marginal" ratings?

-Chevrolet Malibu

-Volkswagen Jetta sedan

-Hyundai Sonata

A "marginal" rating is the second-worst rating that a vehicle can get in these crash tests. None of the vehicles tested in the last phase received Top Safety Pick Plus Award. The Prius and the Camry did however receive the Top Safety Pick designation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been setting the standard for vehicle safety, helping consumers find safer vehicles with its 5-Star Safety Ratings for more than 30 years. If you're looking to purchase a vehicle, there's an easy way to do it. Just check the Overall Rating. This makes potential vehicles simple to compare.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.

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