crash tests: Toyota good; Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan poor
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[November 20, 2014]
DETROIT (Reuters) - In a front
overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States,
only the latest model of the Toyota Motor Corp Sienna scored well, the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Thursday.
The Chrysler Group LLC Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Town &
Country, and the Nissan Motor Co Quest performed poorly, the IIHS
A small front overlap test replicates what happens when the front
corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such
as a tree or a utility pole.
Toyota's 2015 Sienna joins the Honda Motor Co Odyssey, which was
tested earlier, as the only minivans to earn the IIHS "Top Safety
Pick-Plus" rating that is used heavily in marketing new vehicles.
"Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety
conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent
protection in small overlap crashes," says David Zuby, IIHS
executive vice president and chief research officer.
The Nissan Quest from model years 2011 to 2015, Chrysler Group's
Dodge Grand Caravan from model years 2008 to 2015 and the Chrysler
Town & Country all received scores of "poor" in the tests. The
Sienna scored "acceptable" and the Odyssey in its previous test
scored "good," according to the IIHS.
Chrysler Group is a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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Sienna models prior to the 2015 model year were not tested by the
IIHS, and the influential U.S. insurance industry group said it has
yet to test the Kia Motors Corp Sedona, the only minivan sold in the
United States not yet tested.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Chris Reese)
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