How do Subcompact Cars Perform in Crash Tests?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:57am by

Our Atlantic City Injury Attorney Can Defend You After a Car Crash

According to recent crash test data, subcompact cars may not offer enough protection for occupants involved in car accidents. Of the 12 subcompact cars tested, including the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Mazda2 and Toyota Yaris, most received low ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Because subcompact cars are smaller than many other vehicles on the road, a lack of occupant protection can be detrimental in a crash. If you own or are considering purchasing a subcompact car, you should know about the dangers associated with these vehicles.

Are Subcompact Cars Dangerous?

Car owners should have reason to suspect that some subcompact cars may be dangerous. Out of the vehicles tested, several received “marginal” ratings, and others – the Honda Fit, Fiat 500 and Nissan Versa – scored “poor” ratings. The IIHS did not rate any vehicles with the highest score of “good,” and only one car – the Chevrolet Spark – earned the next highest rating of “acceptable.”

The crash test run by the IIHS is more rigorous than the U.S. government’s frontal crash test. The IIHS test imitates the impact of a vehicle or object on the car’s front corner as the vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side hits an object at 40 miles per hour. The government crash test strikes an object head-on at 35 miles per hour. The IIHS states that their test makes managing the energy caused by the crash difficult for the car.

Many of the subcompacts did not handle this challenge well – in some instances, structures in the vehicles collapsed. The Honda Fit and the Fiat 500 were two of the worst performers. The Fit’s test caused the crash test dummy’s head to strike the instrument panel, and the crash force tore the hinges off the 500.

Can I Sue a Car Company After a Car Crash?

When a vehicle is defectively designed or manufactured, or if the manufacturer fails to provide appropriate warning about the product’s dangers and this causes you to suffer from serious injuries, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the car company.

However, depending on the exact nature of the mechanical failure, the car dealership, a repair shop or other party may be responsible for your injuries. If you suffered from a serious injury due to a defective part, you need to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.

Where Can I Find a Car Wreck Lawyer in New Jersey?

The Atlantic City injury attorneys of Donald G. Targan & Associates have worked to protect victims of all kinds of auto accidents for over 40 years. Senior partner Donald G. Targan is recognized among the “Best Lawyers in America” and a Super Lawyer for medical negligence and personal injury. Our Atlantic City injury lawyers want to help you, and all you need to do is call our office or fill out our contact form to receive free attorney advice about your injury concerns.

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