The 20 Least Safe Cars of 2015

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1. MAZDA 5

The Mazda 5 scored a “poor” in the small overlap front test, and a “marginal” in the side impact test. Driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured 35 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 34 cm at the hinge pillar and 25 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 15 cm towards the driver.

Dummy measurements indicated that injury to the left thigh and lower left leg would be likely in a crash of this severity, and injuries to the left knee and right lower leg would be possible. During the crash, the driver’s door unlatched, which could lead to the driver being ejected from the vehicle. The dummy’s head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off the left side, as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right. The seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, leading to the dummy striking its head on the instrument panel.

2. FIAT 500

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 earned a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test, leading to a low overall safety rating. Driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Upper interior intrusion measured 19 cm at the upper hinge panel and instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 21 cm and the hinge pillar and 20 cm at the footrest. The steering column was pushed back 7 cm toward the driver. The driver door hinges were torn apart and the door opened at the front, which shouldn’t happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 11 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Measurements from the dummy indicated that injury to the lower leg was likely in a crash of this severity.

3. AUDI A4

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The Audi A4 earned a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test, earning it a low safety rating. Driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Footwell intrusion measured as much as 28 cm, and the instrument panel intruded 28 cm. The steering column was pushed back 13 cm towards the driver. A left hip injury is likely in a crash of this severity, as indicated by dummy measurements. In the second test, the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side as the steering column moved 18 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure and resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. The driver door opened during the crash, which shouldn’t happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle.

4. HYUNDAI ACCENT

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The Hyundai Accent was given a low safety score due to earning a “poor” in the small overlap front test, and an “acceptable” in the side impact test. In the small overlap front test, the driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 28 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 19-22 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 9 cm toward the driver. Measurements from the dummy indicated that injuries to the left hip, knee, and lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off the left side, as the steering column shifted 16 cm to the right. In a side impact, measurements showed that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries were possible in a crash of this severity.

5. MAZDA CX-9

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The Mazda CX-9’s low safety score is due to a “poor” score in the small overlap front, and “marginal” in roof strength and head restraints. In the small overlap front test, the driver’s space was seriously compromised by the intruding structure. Lower intrusion measured 43 cm at the lower hinge pillar, the parking brake pedal was pushed back 25 cm, upper intrusion measured 44 cm, and the steering column was pushed towards the driver 12 cm. The dummy’s head struck the window frame, indicating a high risk of head injury in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 33 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. Additionally, the side curtain airbag did not deploy, allowing the head to hit the intruding driver door window frame and window sill.

6. HYUNDAI TUCSON

Hyundai Tucson

Receiving a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test, the Hyundai Tuscon was given a low overall safety rating. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. The parking brake was pushed in 41 cm toward the dummy, and the steering column was pushed back 11 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 22 cm at the instrument panel and hinge pillar. Dummy measurements indicated that injury to the left knee and lower left leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

7. FORD ESCAPE

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The Ford Escape scored a “poor” in the small overlap front test, resulting in a low safety score. Driver’s space was seriously compromised. Upper intrusion measured as much as 25 cm at the hinge pillar and 20 cm at the instrument panel. Dummy measurements indicated injury to the left hip was likely, and injuries to the left and right lower legs were possible. The dummy’s head barely contacted the airbag due to the steering wheel shifting to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to impact with the side structure. The seat belt allowed excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed, but did not have sufficient coverage to protect the head from contacting the structure.

8. DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

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Earning a “poor” in the small overlap front test earned the Dodge Grand Caravan a low safety rating. Driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured 39 cm at the lower hinge panel. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 36 cm into the dummy’s left lower leg. The door sill was pushed laterally 20 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 17 cm. Measurements from the dummy indicated injuries to the left knee, hip, and lower leg were likely in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s left lower leg was gouged and torn by the parking brake pedal, and the left knee was torn by a steel brace. The dummy’s head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 22 cm to the right, contributing to the dummy’s head striking the instrument panel.

9. DODGE JOURNEY

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A “poor” rating in the small overlap front test earned the Dodge Journey a low safety rating. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Upper intrusion measured 22 cm at the instrument panel and 18 cm at the upper hinge panel. The steering column was pushed back 12 cm towards the driver, and the door sill was pushed in laterally 9cm. The parking brake pedal was pushed in 22 cm and the lower hinge pillar intrusion was measured at 21 cm. Measurements from the dummy indicated injuries to the left hip, left knee, and right lower leg were all possible in a crash of this severity. The left lower leg of the dummy was gouged and torn by the parking brake pedal. The dummy’s head barely contacted the front airbag, and the side curtain airbag failed to deploy.

10. NISSAN JUKE

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The Nissan Juke scored a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test, earning it a low overall safety score. Driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure, with lower interior intrusion measuring 37 cm, and upper interior intrusion measuring 27 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The door sill was pushed laterally 19 cm towards the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 10 cm. According to measurements taken from the dummy, a left lower leg injury was likely, and a left knee injury was possible in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off the left side due to the steering column shifting 17 cm to the right. The side curtain airbag deployed, but did not have sufficient coverage to protect the head from contacting the structure.

11. NISSAN LEAF

2015 NIssan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf owes its low safety rating to the “poor” rating it received in the small overlap front test. Driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured 40 cm at the lower hinge panel, and upper intrusion measured 35 cm at the hinge and 36 cm at the instrument panel. The parking brake pedal was pushed in 31 cm towards the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 9 cm. Left knee, and left lower leg injuries would both be likely in a crash of this severity, according to dummy measurements. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 23 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure and allowing little airbag cushioning for the chest. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects.

12. MITSUBISHI MIRAGE

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The Mitsubishi Mirage scored “poor” in the small overlap front test, earning it a low overall safety score. Driver space was not well maintained, with lower interior intrusion of 26 cm, and upper intrusion of 19 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The door sill was pushed laterally towards the driver 11 cm. According to measurements taken from the dummy, injuries to the left lower leg would be likely and injuries to the left knee would be possible. All other body regions had a low risk of injury. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects, and the driver’s seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar.

13. LINCOLN MKS

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The Lincoln MKS received a score of “poor” in the small overlap front test, earning it a low overall safety score. The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 30 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 29 cm at the hinge pillar. The door sill was pushed in laterally 13 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 13 cm. Dummy measurements indicated that injuries to the left hip would be likely in a crash of this severity, and injuries to the left knee and left lower leg were possible. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 15 cm to the right, causing the head to hit the instrument panel.

14. HONDA PILOT

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The Honda Pilot scored a “poor” in the small overlap front test, leading to a low overall safety score. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 42 cm at the parking brake pedal, and lower hinge pillar intrusion was 35 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 26-28 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 11 cm toward the driver. Measurements taken from the dummy indicate that injury to the left hip would be likely, and injury to the left knee and lower legs was possible. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects.

15. NISSAN QUEST

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The Nissan Quest scored “poor” in the small overlap front test, and “acceptable” in the roof strength test. These scores led to a low overall safety score. The roof was only able to withstand 3.36 times the weight of the vehicle before crushing 5 inches, short of the required 4 times the weight to earn a good rating. In the small overlap front test, the driver’s space was severely compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 59 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 40 cm toward the driver. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 48 cm at the hinge pillar and 47 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 21 cm. The dummy’s left lower leg was trapped between the seat and instrument panel and its right foot was trapped between the brake pedal and intruded toepan.

Measurements from the dummy indicated that injury to the left thigh, left knee, left lower leg, and foot would all be likely in a crash of this severity. Due to the major structural intrusion, key components of the restraint system couldn’t be tested. The intruding instrument panel and steering wheel essentially pinned the dummy’s head in a narrow space between the seat back and frontal airbag during much of the crash. In addition to moving rearward, the steering column moved upward 14 cm, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest.

16. KIA SPORTAGE

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The Kia Sportage scored a “poor” in the small overlap front test, leading to a low safety rating. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. The parking brake was pushed in 41 cm toward the dummy, and the steering column was pushed back 11 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 22 cm at the instrument panel and hinge pillar. Dummy measurements indicated that injury to the left knee and lower left leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

17. CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY

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The “poor” rating the Chrysler Town & Country earned in the small overlap front test led to the low overall safety score it received. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 36 cm into the dummy’s left lower leg. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the instrument panel and 35 cm at the hinge pillar. The door sill was pushed in laterally 20 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 17 cm. Measurements from the dummy indicated that injuries to the left hip, left knee, and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. Additionally, injury to the right lower leg would be possible. The dummy’s left lower leg skin was gouged and torn by the intruding parking brake pedal, and the left knee skin was torn by a steel brace underlying the knee bolster. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 22 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest and contributing to the head hitting the intruding instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects.

18. NISSAN VERSA (4-DOOR SEDAN ONLY)

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Unlike the Nissan Versa’s hatchback model, the 4-door sedan model earned a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test. This led to a low overall safety score. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 42 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 27-29 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 10 cm toward the driver. Dummy measurements indicated that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely, and injury to the left knee would be possible in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side and leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The steering column moved upward 12 cm and 15 cm to the right, contributing to a lack of protection for the head and allowing little airbag cushioning for the chest.

19. JEEP WRANGLER 2-DOOR

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The Jeep Wrangler 2-door scored “marginal” in the small front overlap and head restraints/seats tests, and a “poor” in the side impact test. These low scores earned the Jeep Wrangler 2-door a low overall safety score. In the small overlap front test, measurements from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left knee, left and right thighs, and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. Injuries to the left foot would be possible. Driver space was maintained reasonably well, and dummy movement was well controlled. The Jeep Wrangler 2-door does not come standard with side airbags. In the side impact test, the driver’s door opened. While it didn’t effect the dummy, the door opening resulted in a structure rating downgrade from “good” to “acceptable”. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. A fracture of the pelvis would also be possible.

20. JEEP PATRIOT

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The Jeep Patriot received a “poor” rating in the small overlap front test, earning it a low overall safety score. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 29 cm at the hinge pillar, and the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel intruded 20-25 cm. Measurements from the dummy indicate injury to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity, and injury to the left thigh and right lower leg would be possible. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 21 cm upward and 15 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest and leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, and the driver’s seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

(carophile.com)

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