Luxury Cars Fail New Testing

by Staff | August 20th, 2012

Of the eleven luxury cars crash tested by the The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only two received a “good” rating and a third received an “acceptable” rating.  The Institute tested the type of front end collisions that produce the most deaths annually.  The crash tests involved vehicle impact with a five foot tall barrier wall at 40 m.p.h. with only about 25% of the driver’s front of the car impacting the wall.  This test best simulates the type of accident where two cars clip each other at a high speed rather than colliding head on, most like a driver would encounter on a roadway when one car crosses the center line and point of impact is the drivers’ front ends.  The Institute found that the BMW 3 Series, the Lincoln MKZ and the Acura TXS rated “marginal” but the Lexus ES 350, the Lexus IS 250/350, the Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Audi A-4 all rated “poor.”  The Volvo S60 and the Acura TL were rated “good.”  While there has been a sharp decline in highway deaths over the last decade, due, in large part, to federal regulations, front end impacts account for more than 10,000 deaths per year.  When purchasing your next car, factor in the new crash worthiness ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  It may save your life and that of the other driver.

Authored by: Trial Attorney Ellen McCarthy