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Acura TL Undergoes Stricter IIHS Frontal Crash Test

Acura TL 2013

The Volvo S60 and Acura TL have asked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newest requirements in order to earn Top Safety Pick status; this is because the IIHS added the roof strength test along with tougher frontal crash tests. Now the institute is already looking to make it a lot tougher for vehicles to earn the coveted designation.

What is known as the new small overlap frontal crash test has been designed to simulate what would happen when the front corner of a car rams into another vehicle or object which constitutes the front end of the driver’s side having a five-foot tall strong barrier at 40 mph. The IIHS claims this is the first test of its kind conducted outside of automakers’ proving grounds in the U.S. and Europe. The first round of testing will be done in 11 midsize luxury and premium cars and only three were able to earn good or acceptable ratings.

Cars such as the Acura TL undergoing these tests managed to earn an acceptable rating, while the Acura TSX earned a marginal rating.

The new test was applied after a 2009 IIHS study which revealed that a small overlap crashes accounted for nearly a quarter of frontal accidents that led to serious injuries or fatalities for the front-seat occupants.

Presently the IIHS evaluates front, side, rollover, and rear crashes, with the frontal rating based on a moderate overlap test. The existing criteria will continue till 2013, but vehicles that pass the overlap test with flying colors only will be recognized.

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