Saturday, May 26, 2012

Side Impact Protection Improves - And Not Just Because Of Side Airbags

Vehicles that earn good test ratings for side-impact protection greatly reduce risk of dying for drivers in real-world crashes

ARLINGTON, VA — Drivers of vehicles that perform well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test are much less likely to die in a real-world left-side crash than drivers of vehicles that do poorly, a new analysis finds. The study includes only passenger vehicles with side airbags, demonstrating that airbags, while crucial, are far from the whole story in side crash protection.