IIHS Rates New Minivans in Small-Overlap Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently put some of the most popular minivans through its newest small-overlap crash test–and for a trio of vans, the scores are not good.  The IIHS introduced the small overlap front test in 2012. In the test, which is more challenging than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the Institute’s moderate overlap front test, 25% of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. 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 a utility pole. Due to a vehicle’s construction, the crash forces bypass the vehicle’s main energy-absorbing structure. Vehicles with a good or acceptable small overlap rating, along with good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, qualify for the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK award. Vehicles that meet those criteria and also earn a basic or higher rating for front crash prevention qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. To see the results of a specific vehicle of interest, visit the IIHS test results page and search for you vehicle of interest.

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