Behind the scenes of a IIHS crash test

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 6:15 pm
What does the IIHS do?

What does the IIHS do?

For many car shoppers safety ratings play a major role in the decision whether or not to purchase a particular vehicle. Today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are two prominent producers of safety ratings. Both do things very differently and while the NHTSA is federally funded, the IIHS is a nonprofit organization. So what does the IIHS do?

The IIHS dedicates its time and resources to education and scientific research in the pursuit of reducing loss of life and property on U.S. roadways. One of the ways the IIHS pursues this goal is by conducting crash tests on new vehicles. Those tests include a small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats tests. The IIHS also evaluates vehicles based on front crash prevention.

After each test a vehicle’s performance is evaluated based on a scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good (the highest). The IIHS also awards top-performing vehicles with the distinction of Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ distinction. It’s quite an honor to receive either award. In fact, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is a recipient of the Top Safety Pick+ award.

Here’s a closer look at the IIHS:


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