How Do They Run Front-Impact Safety Tests?

The testing of vehicles to determine their safety standards is a recent improvement in vehicle safety. For many years, consumers were forced to accept the reputation of vehicles and the word of salespersons that the vehicle is safe. Today, two principal organizations conduct safety tests on new vehicles—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

There is a difference in how the two organizations get their information. NHTSA crashes vehicles into a barrier at 35 mph, then records the resulting injuries to the occupants. IIHS uses a different method—they use an offsetting crash at 40 mph where only one side of the vehicle hits the barrier. They record the probable injuries and the damage to the underlying structure of the vehicle.

At Hatfield Volkswagen in Columbus, OH, we proudly display the test results on every vehicle.

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