Small Cars Get Poor Marks in Collision Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) - They're great with gas, but micro car crash
test results show they don't fare too well in collisions with
larger vehicles.
The crash tests were conducted by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety. The tests found that drivers of 2009 versions of
the Smart "fortwo," Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris could face
significant leg and head injuries in severe front-end crashes with
larger, mid-size vehicles.
In the fortwo collision, the institute said the Smart, which
weighs 1,808 lbs, went airborne and turned around 450 degrees after
striking the C Class, which weighs nearly twice as much.
Automakers who manufacture the small cars say the tests
simulated a high-speed crash that rarely happens on the road. They
also said the tests rehashed past insurance industry arguments
against tougher fuel efficiency requirements.

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