The insurance industry has tested smaller cars in head on crashes with bigger cars to test how “extreme” crashes effect drivers in the smaller cars. The cars tested were the Smart Fortwo, Toyota Yaris, and Honda Fit. The cars were pitted against bigger cars in the series to see how they faired in an “extreme” crash. Well as we can all assume the high speed head on crashes were not good for the smaller cars.
The first of the three is the Smart fortwo, against the Mercedes c-class. The institute said the Smart, which weighs 1,808 lbs, went airborne and turned around 450 degrees after striking the C-Class, extensive damage to the fortwo driver would sustain severe head and leg injuries. And as you guessed it the c-class had minor damage to the driver compartment.
The second was the Honda fit pitted against the 2009 accord. The fit sustained heavy damage, where the accord sustained minor driver compartment damage. The drivers head on the fit struck the steering wheel through the air bag and severe leg injuries were also sustained. Of course again this was a failed test.
Our final crash was the Toyota Yaris versus the Toyota Camry. The institute said the mini car sustained damage to the door and front passenger area. The driver dummy showed signs of head injuries, a deep gash on the right knee and extensive forces to the neck and right leg.
Now this isn’t an article to say don’t buy these smaller cars this is something I found to be interesting for smaller cars with more and more showing up on the road due to our higher gas prices. Remember all of these crashes were severe and unlikely crashes but never the less showing what could happen with these smaller cars have accidents with a lot of cars bigger than them.