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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-2-2019 The new Ford Ranger did pretty well on its newest safety tests by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), but it did not have the scores to earn either level of the Top Safety Pick award. The Ranger fell short in three ways overall. First, it scored Acceptable for its passenger side small frontal overlap crash test. Like some other manufacturers, Ford does not reinforce the passenger side of its Ranger as robustly as it does the driver's side. That boots the Ranger off of the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. Next, the Ranger's best headlights are only Marginal. That boots it off of the Top Safety Pick list. Finally, the child safety anchors are scored Marginal, which does not factor into the IIHS scores, but makes parents swear quite a bit. You can see detailed score info at this link. IIHS has a good video with more details below.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-21-2019 IIHS has just completed its latest round of testing of 11 pickup truck models. The new testing adds passenger-side small frontal overlap crash test results. This test is important because in real-world crashes investigators find that about 25% of all fatalities and serious injuries occur in crashes of this type. This test is one of the hardest in the American market. NHTSA does not perform the test and the test is also carried out at higher speeds than NHTSA's other tests. The small frontal overlap test simulates a vehicle striking a utility pole or similar object with just a portion of the front structure. IIHS added the passenger-side test after it discovered in some research testing that automakers were not reinforcing the side not commonly tested. They tested a Toyota RAV4 which earned a Good score on the driver's side, and Poor score on the passenger side. Ford's F-150 is the only truck so far tested to earn a score of Good on every crash test. Overall, the Honda Ridgeline is the only truck in America that has earned a Top Safety Pick award. Watch the comparison in the video to see the difference between a Good result (F-150) and a Poor result (Toyota Tundra). GM's results show that the company scores the second from lowest rating in many areas. By all appearances, GM is one of the remaining companies that does not reinforce the passenger's side the same way it does its driver's side.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-13-2018 A new study conducted by the Insurance Institue For Highway Safety has proven that GM's automatic emergency braking (AEB) is working and that it can have a huge impact on the number of crashes it is designed to prevent. Study author Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research, looked at 2013-15 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC brand vehicles. GM provided VIN numbers and whether or not the vehicles were equipped with the optional AEB system. The analysis of real-world crash data revealed that the vehicles equipped with both warning and AEB reduced accidents by 43%. The crashes were the type the system is best at preventing, front to rear crashes from behind. What is most significant is that the accidents reported by police to involve injuries were reduced by 64%. Accidents were also reduced by the GM system that only offered a driver a warning, but by a much lower percentage. "The evidence has been mounting that front crash prevention works, and it works even better when it doesn't solely rely on a response from the driver," says Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research and author of both studies. GM is one of the last manufacturers who is launching new models without making the technology standard. The Silverado, for example, offers AEB, but only on some trims, and it is optional on others. Every manufacturer has pledged to make the technology standard on all mainstream models and all trims by 2022. This new study jives with a prior IIHS study that looked at Volvo vehicles.
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-06-2017 In a recent round of comprehensive safety testing by IIHS, the Colorado and Canyon fell short of the best in class for safety. As the chart above and the video will show, the cab configuration of the Colorado and Canyon differ in their crash test results. In order to earn the highest score IIHS awards, the Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must have a score of Good on all crash tests. The Colorado and Canyon do offer a trim that meets this requirement. However, a vehicle must also have "Acceptable" or "Good" rated headlights. The Colorado and Canyon only come with "Poor" rated headlights. Also, GM does not make a midsize truck that meets the "Advanced" rating for forwarding collision prevention. In the midsized truck segment, only the previously tested Honda Ridgeline earns a Top Safety Pick Plus rating.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-14-2017 General Motors crossovers and SUVs have scored relatively low in a new round of testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Institute started to test and evaluate headlights this past year in a new indoor facility that it built from scratch. One model year since the new testing began, IIHS now includes headlight scores on its overall evaluation. To earn the top score a vehicle must have a trim with headlights that score Acceptable or Good. None of the four GM models IIHS tested earned a score that high. This news is particularly bad for GM with regard to the all-new 2018 Chevy Equinox. Because it scores only Marginal, it will not earn the top safety rating that its peers, the RAV4, CR-V, Forester, Rogue, and other models do. Cadillac's XT5 also has few excuses for not being able to score as high as affordable models like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander which earned scores of Good and Acceptable respectively.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-8-2016 Today every automaker is pumping out press releases trumpeting their pride over the great safety scores they earned. IIHS updates its list periodically, and today announced which models are 2017 Top Safety Pick Plus models based on its extensive testing. The new scoring includes both forward collision prevention, something GM has committed to providing standard on every vehicle by 2022, and a score of Acceptable or Good on headlights. Toyota is the top automaker with nine models that earn the TSP+ rating. Honda has five. GM just 2. At Toyota and Honda, most of the models that earned the top scores are top-selling models in their segment. For example, the Corolla, RAV4, and Accord. However, at GM the only two models that earn the top safety scores are the low-selling Chevy Volt and the low-volume (so far) Chinese-built and imported Buick Envision. The second tier of safety is called Top Safety pick, and vehicles in this group don't have to have good headlights to earn the designation. Here, in this larger group, GM has just three models, the Cadillac XT5 crossover, the Chevy Malibu, and the GMC Acadia. Only one pickup truck in America is a Top Safety Pick Plus or Top Safety Pick. Can you guess which one it is? For the complete IIHS listing please see the group's site.
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-27-2016 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results of its safety testing of the Buick Envision. The results prove that the Chinese-built Buick is just as tough as any American-built crossover its size. The new Envision scored Good on every crash test. When equipped with its optional forward crash prevention system, it earns the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The Envision was the first Chinese-built vehicle tested by the Institute.
  8. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-22-2016 The newly introduced Cadillac XT5 crossover matched the segment-leading Lexus RX with a Top Safety Pick+ overall rating in just-released results of IIHS testing. The XT5 scored well on all crash tests, including the small frontal overlap test. It should be noted, that to earn the result, the Cadillac needs to be equipped with optional forward collision prevention, something the Lexus comes standard with this year (and in fact is now standard on all new model year Toyotas). Cadillac's forward collission sytem is rated Advanced, and the Lexus Superior. Buyers, in general, won't care about these fine details.
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5/24/2016 Today, IIHS released the results of its comprehensive safety testing of three popular rear-drive sports coupes. The Camaro was the only one in that limited matchup that could score Good on the important small frontal overlap test. The Camaro could have earned a Top Safety Pick rating if it had only scored Good in the roof crush test. This is a ridiculous way to lose a top safety ranking. Cars like the Civic and Mazda3 can handle that test with ease. With no frontal crash prevention system, the Camaro would not have been eligible for the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, but based on feedback from this group, most buyers don't want that system anyway. The Challenger was the black sheep in this family of cars. The dummy had to have its lower leg removed in order to be freed from the car. Something the test group has only ever seen five times in the history of the testing.
  10. The reason that this accident is so serious is the crash only involves 25% of the frontal width of the vehicle. Because the crash misses most of the vehicle's crash structure, the passenger compartment is compromised more than in a moderate front overlap test where 40% of the vehicle strikes the barrier. In addition to causing serious deformation of the body structure and putting the full impact on a small area of the vehicle, the angle results in the vehicle twisting upon impact. In some tests the vehicle rotates a lot. This has an important and deadly effect on vehicles that were not designed for the impact. In many vehicles that scored Good on all tests prior to the new small frontal overlap test being introduced the airbags didn't work properly. In some cases, the dummy's head (or driver's head) would miss the airbag and impact the bottom corner of the left A-Pillar. The forces recorded were in many cases deadly. So what kind of accident is the small frontal overlap test simulating? Simple. It is a very common type of crash that occurs when a vehicle understeers due to losing grip either from too high of a speed in a corner or from slippery conditions (or both obviously). In my rural New England town, there are no sidewalks on most of the streets and the telephone poles are on the road, not set back. They are literally right on the road meaning the outside edge is on the first inch of the street. It does not take much to screw up and hit one, particularly for a new driver. I've come around to see IIHS's side of things. The Institute is not a government agency, and I like that. The testing is more rigorous than NHTSA or NCAP's, and I like that too. There is no correlation between a vehicle doing well on this test and costing more than a vehicle that does poorly. However, there is a direct correlation between vehicles that score good on IIHS tests and occupants being safer in accidents. Looking back to the start of the moderate front overlap test, IIHS says "An analysis of 14 years worth of crash data involving IIHS-rated vehicles shows that a driver of a vehicle rated good in the moderate overlap test is 46 percent less likely to die in a frontal crash, compared with a driver of a vehicle rated poor. A driver of a vehicle rated acceptable or marginal is 33 percent less likely to die than a driver of a poorly rated one." The small frontal overlap test is too new for such a comprehensive evaluation, but it would be shocking if it did not have a similar result when time has passed. Automakers have known since before the current models for sale were designed that this testing was coming. Truck makers knew about this test and some designed to pass it and some did not. The tests are almost never a surprise. Automakers all have their own testing labs and can run the tests themselves. They also are aware of best practices and can design around other's successes. One of the best-scoring automakers of all is Subaru, also one of the smallest in terms of revenue. Subaru's mid-size car scores Good and Audi's scores Poor. More on this subject here.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4/13/2016 Having covered Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests and other safety ratings for many years, I was one of the skeptics who viewed the small frontal overlap test as nothing more than a way for the group to reset its crash tests after every automaker began to get Good Scores across the board on most tests. However, the data IIHS and other groups, such as Volvo, presented started to make me wonder if there was more to the situation. IIHS and others looked at frontal crashes closely and discovered that about a quarter of frontal crashes that involved serious injury or death were of the small frontal overlap type. The reason that this accident is so serious is the crash only involves 25% of the frontal width of the vehicle. Because the crash misses most of the vehicle's crash structure, the passenger compartment is compromised more than in a moderate front overlap test where 40% of the vehicle strikes the barrier. In addition to causing serious deformation of the body structure and putting the full impact on a small area of the vehicle, the angle results in the vehicle twisting upon impact. In some tests the vehicle rotates a lot. This has an important and deadly effect on vehicles that were not designed for the impact. In many vehicles that scored Good on all tests prior to the new small frontal overlap test being introduced the airbags didn't work properly. In some cases, the dummy's head (or driver's head) would miss the airbag and impact the bottom corner of the left A-Pillar. The forces recorded were in many cases deadly. So what kind of accident is the small frontal overlap test simulating? Simple. It is a very common type of crash that occurs when a vehicle understeers due to losing grip either from too high of a speed in a corner or from slippery conditions (or both obviously). In my rural New England town, there are no sidewalks on most of the streets and the telephone poles are on the road, not set back. They are literally right on the road meaning the outside edge is on the first inch of the street. It does not take much to screw up and hit one, particularly for a new driver. I've come around to see IIHS's side of things. The Institute is not a government agency, and I like that. The testing is more rigorous than NHTSA or NCAP's, and I like that too. There is no correlation between a vehicle doing well on this test and costing more than a vehicle that does poorly. However, there is a direct correlation between vehicles that score good on IIHS tests and occupants being safer in accidents. Looking back to the start of the moderate front overlap test, IIHS says "An analysis of 14 years worth of crash data involving IIHS-rated vehicles shows that a driver of a vehicle rated good in the moderate overlap test is 46 percent less likely to die in a frontal crash, compared with a driver of a vehicle rated poor. A driver of a vehicle rated acceptable or marginal is 33 percent less likely to die than a driver of a poorly rated one." The small frontal overlap test is too new for such a comprehensive evaluation, but it would be shocking if it did not have a similar result when time has passed. Automakers have known since before the current models for sale were designed that this testing was coming. Truck makers knew about this test and some designed to pass it and some did not. The tests are almost never a surprise. Automakers all have their own testing labs and can run the tests themselves. They also are aware of best practices and can design around other's successes. One of the best-scoring automakers of all is Subaru, also one of the smallest in terms of revenue. Subaru's mid-size car scores Good and Audi's scores Poor. More on this subject here.
  12. The Silverado and Sierra models did much better on the roof crush test. Both scored Good along with the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150. Rollover crashes account for 44% of the deaths in pickups, so this test is important in this vehicle type. The Ram had the worst day of the bunch. It performed worst of the bunch on the IIHS small frontal overlap test and only Marginal on the roof test.
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4/12/2016 The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety released the findings of large pickup truck crash testing today. The Ford F-150 was the only large truck to score “Good” on the important small frontal overlap test. This is the test that simulates hitting a telephone pole or tree with just the front corner of the truck. The Chevy Silverado scored only “Acceptable” in double cab trim, and “Marginal” in crew cab. The Silverado and Sierra models did much better on the roof crush test. Both scored Good along with the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150. Rollover crashes account for 44% of the deaths in pickups, so this test is important in this vehicle type. The Ram had the worst day of the bunch. It performed worst of the bunch on the IIHS small frontal overlap test and only Marginal on the roof test.
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