For a while we saw several commercials with the “Crash Test Dummies” as the actors giving us advice, mostly about bucking our seatbelts. Even though these messages were delivered in a humorous way, the message rang loud and clear, that safety when on the road is paramount and should never be taken lightly. IN IIHS crash tests, nearly everything has been tested at one time or another to show us some awesome results and let us know what vehicles would perform the best. If you can think of the scenario you can bet the IIHS has already tested it for safety, here are several that have been some of the most brutal crash tests.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
This test was performed because the idea was the old steel land yachts would be more protective than more modern models. What was discovered was just how far the safety features had come as the Malibu was able to protect its driver with the crumple zones, airbags seatbelts and a dashboard that didn’t move much at all. The driver of the Bel Air would have most likely been killed in this particular accident.
Tesla Model S Frontal Crash Test
What is impressive in this crash test is how well the occupants were protected from the collision. Why with such a huge amount of force were the occupants so well protected? This was due to this car being and EV model with no engine up front. In face the battery of the Tesla resides in the floor of the car and not up front either, leaving more room for there to be safety features and strength added. This was the first time a new model received the highest crash test rating from the NHTSA, making history in more ways than one.
Like I said, if you can think of something to test, these guys have done it. The VW Bus also known as the Vanagon was sold from 1979-1991 and didn’t appear to be safe in any way. The driver looked like they were seated way to close to the front and with the flat face, the bust appeared to be a death trap on wheels. What is not seen easily but showed up huge in the crash tests was the “deformation zone” on the bus ahead of the driver which took the brunt of the crash to help protect the occupants aboard this cool and classic ride.
2016 Volvo XC90 Off-Road Crash Test
Volvo has been the first name in safety for a long time and continues to keep its top rating. This crash test was an example of what Volvo has deemed a step in the right direction. In a bold statement Volvo has stated their vehicles will be so safe no one will be killed or seriously injured in any of their vehicles from the year 2020 on and if this crash test where the vehicle flew into a ditch at 50 mph and both the vehicle and occupants came away in great shape, they will certainly be able to back up their statement.
More crash tests coming soon.