March 26, 2014 10:30 AM | By John LeBlanc for MSN Autos
IIHS new crash test: worst performers of 2014

The "front small overlap" crash test has revealed weaknesses in some new vehicles



IIHS new crash test: worst performers of 2014 (© Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
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No one would argue that cars are much safer today than ever before. But with the goal to make cars even safer, the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) continually upgrades is vehicle safety testing procedures. And a recently added type of crash test has revealed some weaknesses in some new vehicles.

Introduced in 2012, the “Front Small Overlap” crash 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. IIHS says the test is more difficult than the head-on crashes recreated with its “Moderate Overlap crash test because most of the vehicle's front-end crush zone is missed. As such, of the 52 new 2014 passenger cars IIHS subjected to its Front Small Overlap test, alphabetically, these are the 10 vehicles that scored the lowest Poor rating.

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