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    Feb 2003

    Bumper crash test story

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ Midsize sport utility vehicles fared poorly in bumper
    crash tests performed by the insurance industry, including several that
    needed more than $2,000 in repairs following 5 mph collisions.
    ¶ The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated nine vehicles in
    results released Friday. None got the institute's highest rating, but the
    2003 Honda Pilot earned the second-highest rating. The Pilot sustained an
    average of $404 in damages in each of four tests.
    ¶ Automakers have criticized the bumper ratings, saying they have nothing
    to do with the safety of the vehicle. But the institute defends them,
    saying no vehicle should sustain major damage at the 5 mph test speed.
    ¶ "The manufacturers of these SUVs try to create a rough-and-tough image
    for them, but their bumpers are flimsy," said Adrian Lund, the institute's
    chief operating officer.
    ¶ The institute performed four tests, crashing both the front and rear
    bumpers into a flat barrier and a pole. The tests are designed to reflect
    fender benders common in heavy traffic or parking lots.
    ¶ The 2003 Kia Sorento sustained the most damage, with an average of
    $1,646 per test. The 2003 Toyota 4Runner, 2003 Infiniti FX35, 2004 Chrysler
    Pacifica and 2004 Cadillac SRX also sustained average damages of more than
    $1,200 per test, earning the institute's lowest rating.
    ¶ The Cadillac SRX and the Chrysler Pacifica both sustained $2,814 in
    damages, the highest amount, when they were backed into a pole. In each
    case, the tailgates weren't protected by the bumper and had to be replaced,
    Lund said.
    ¶ The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor, 2004 Lexus RX330 and 2003 Nissan Murano
    all received the institute's third-highest rating. Each sustained an
    average of $789 to $988 on the tests.
    ¶ No midsize SUV from the 2001 to 2003 model years has earned the
    institute's highest rating on the bumper tests. The institute has given its
    second-best rating to four midsize SUVs: the Pilot, BMW X5, the Acura MDX
    and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which has the same bumper design as the
    Oldsmobile Bravada and the GMC Envoy.
    ¶ ^___=
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    ¶ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,

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    Admin - CPS Technician joolsplus3's Avatar
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    Chesterfield, VA
    Automakers have criticized the bumper ratings, saying they have nothing
    to do with the safety of the vehicle. But the institute defends them,
    saying no vehicle should sustain major damage at the 5 mph test speed>>>

    Safety, shmafety...the insurance companies (and thus WE the consumers) are the ones paying for all the damage that should not occur! I'm glad they do these tests

    I backed my 1990 Mazda B2200 into a wall once, and my nice, solid bumper held up perfectly, so I could not understand at ALL why truck bumpers were fashionably removed from so many trucks during that time (one guy at my apartment complex just took his bumper off and put it in the dumpster! I was amazed, lol)

    Anyway, the IIHS tests rock! I'm so glad they do them
    CPST since 2003, pu"R"ple since 2008, three kids growing too fast since 1997, 1999 and 2006

    Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good



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