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IIHS Tests Small Cars On Small Overlap: Volt Does OK, Leaf 'Struggles'

IIHS Tests Small Cars On Small Overlap: Volt Does OK, Leaf 'Struggles'

By Antony Ingram 1,965 views Jul 31, 2014 Follow Antony Reddit This! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Slideshow Slideshow One of the toughest crash tests a car can face is the new small-frontal-overlap, introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012. By crashing a vehicle so that only 25 percent of its front end contacts the barrier, far greater forces are transmitted through the car than in a typical offset crash test. The Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford C-Max Hybrid are among 12 of the latest smaller cars subjected to the test--and it's mixed news for the green trio. MORE: Very Small Cars Fail New IIHS Small-Overlap Frontal Crash Test Both the Volt and Leaf were tested back in 2011, prior to the small frontal-overlap test's introduction. Each scored top ratings in the IIHS tests at the time--moderate-overlap front, side, head restraint, and roof...

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