Toyota Works To Improve Crash Test Scores

If you can recall, Toyota received poor scores in the small-overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety earlier this year, one of the most affected vehicles being the RAV4 compact crossover and the Prius v.
2014 Toyota RAV4 IIHS Test 1 photo
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According to recent reports, the engineers over at Toyota are working to make the affected vehicles safer and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America CEO Osamu Nagata assures us that each affected model “has its own countermeasure schedule”.

The fearful small-overlap test implies that a vehicle collides with only 25 percent of its front end with a 5-foot-tall rigid structure at 40 mph (64.3 km/h), a type of accident that is more likely to happen since most drivers will tend to avoid an impact, ending up hitting the other vehicle with only a part of the front end.

And as we were telling you earlier, this means that the force of impact will be distributed over a smaller surface, thus creating more damage.

Story via Automotive News
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