Consumers of SUVs often equate their size and utility with safety. The most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test has disproved this theory. In the most recent results released by the IIHS, most mid-size SUVs did not fare well.
The Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain were the only vehicles in the mid-size SUV class to earn the IIHS' highest safety rating of "good". Out of 9 participating mid-size SUVs the 2 aforementioned vehicles received "good" ratings, while the Toyota Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating. The remaining 6 vehicles earned "marginal" or "poor" ratings. The 9 vehicles participated in the IIHS' relatively new, small overlap test. The small overlap test was developed after research revealed that about 25% of serious injuries and deaths occur in small impact, frontal crashes.
These poor crash test results come in the wake of January's subcompact class's poor results in the same test. Such vehicles as the Fiat 500 and the Honda Fit have performed worst of any vehicles so far in the small overlap test.
As consumers we anticipate that the vehicles we drive will keep us safe in small impacts. Unfortunately, motor vehicle companies are not meeting these standards. As a result, people are suffering severe and unnecessary injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.