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This level of performance is the norm now.
Adrian Lund
#Performance

In the past, cars from Hyundai often didn't perform as well as many competitors in our safety tests. Structure is the key to providing good protection in a frontal crash because if the occupant compartment buckles or crumples, the safety belts and airbags cannot do a good job of protecting the people inside. The structure of the new Sonata is a dramatic improvement.
Adrian Lund
#Past

Results for the BMW and Lexus show that manufacturers can design cars to protect people in the three most common kinds of crashes that lead to injuries.
Adrian Lund
#Design

The performance of the G6 is dramatically better.
Adrian Lund
#Performance

We're not getting much new information from the tests, and have been looking for a way to do more side crashes, so we have side-crash data for all the vehicles we have frontal results for.
Adrian Lund
#Information

Subaru was one of the manufacturers that last year asked us to delay side testing because of vehicle design changes that were in progress. It's not uncommon for us to grant such requests as long as the design changes will be made in production models within a reasonable time. The goal of our crash test program is to encourage these kinds of improvements to reduce injury risk in real-world crashes.
Adrian Lund
#Delay

The key to reducing neck injury risk is to keep the head and torso moving together. To ensure this happens, a seat and head restraint have to work in concert to support the head, accelerating it with the torso as the vehicle is driven forward in a rear impact. This means the geometry of a head restraint has to be adequate, and so do the stiffness characteristics of the vehicle seat and head restraint.
Adrian Lund
#Risk

The result is disappointing for two reasons. One is that the Focus is a brand-new design, so Ford had every opportunity to design the bumpers to do a better job of reducing damage. The other reason is that the predecessor model, the Escort, had an illustrious early history of bumper performance.
Adrian Lund
#Design

It's disappointing because the 2002 Explorer is a whole new design. Ford had every opportunity to design the bumpers to do a better job of reducing damage.
Adrian Lund
#Design

Ford could have used this opportunity to design better bumpers. A bumper should be tough enough to prevent major damage in a minor collision at a fast-walking speed.
Adrian Lund
#Design

We're seeing auto manufacturers beginning to do this just to get good ratings in our test. But what we want to see manufacturers putting on their cars are bumper systems that will resist damage in a wide range of low-speed crashes.
Adrian Lund
#Beginning

This new research confirms what the dummies have been telling us. The dummies say there is a big difference in how well cars protect you. What we see in this real-world data is the dummies don't lie.
Adrian Lund
#Research

use crash test results with much more confidence.
Adrian Lund
#Confidence

In the frontal test, the driver's side of the vehicle needs to absorb the energy of the crash and keep the occupant compartment intact. The Freestyle's performance is what we like to see. A driver in a real-world crash of this severity would be likely to sustain only minor injuries. The Freestyle is a good performer and a 'best pick' in the frontal test.
Adrian Lund
#Energy

[According to IIHS chief operating officer Adrian Lund, the driver's side of the vehicle needs to absorb the energy of a crash and keep the occupant compartment intact.] The Freestyle's performance is what we like to see, ... Ford has done a good job of designing its newest vehicles to better protect occupants in frontal crashes.
Adrian Lund
#Energy

The four-point harness would be protective, but not as big a benefit as it would have been before airbags.
Adrian Lund
#Benefit

This car is a disaster, ... The structure is poor, and both dummies' heads were hit by the barrier during the crash test. High forces were recorded on the head, torso, and pelvis of the driver dummy. If this had been a real driver in a real crash, it's likely it wouldn't have been survivable.
Adrian Lund
#Disaster

As Volkswagen demonstrated, ... automakers know how to design good bumpers.
Adrian Lund
#Design

It used to be that unless you were short you'd have trouble finding a vehicle with head restraints that extended high enough to protect you, ... Now automakers are making improvements so that in many vehicles even taller people can position the head restraints where they need to be to protect the neck from being injured in a rear-end crash.
Adrian Lund
#Trouble

The federal rules should be changed to make SUVs and cars more compatible, ... The manufacturers already are working on this for high-speed collisions, and they ought to be doing it for low-speed impacts like these tests.
Adrian Lund
#Rules

The laws of physics say you're going to be at a disadvantage. But small cars don't automatically mean you're at a severe risk.
Adrian Lund
#Physics

Earning a 'double best pick' is a rare achievement, ... The only other vehicle to have done this is the Toyota RAV4, a small SUV, and then only when it was equipped with optional side airbags.
Adrian Lund
#Achievement

The federal rules should be changed to make SUVs and cars more compatible. The manufacturers already are working on this for high-speed collisions, and they ought to be doing it for low-speed impacts like these tests.
Adrian Lund
#Rules

Earning a 'double best pick' is a rare achievement. The only other vehicle to have done this is the Toyota RAV4, a small SUV, and then only when it was equipped with optional side airbags.
Adrian Lund
#Achievement

Manufacturer advertising often emphasizes the rugged image of SUVs and pickups.
Adrian Lund
#Advertising

It looks like these changes are going to reduce the risk to car occupants, but it's too early to say exactly how much.
Adrian Lund
#Risk

Manufacturer advertising often emphasizes the rugged image of SUVs and pickups. However, the Institute's evaluations show seats and head restraints in many models wouldn't do a good job of protecting most people in a typical rear impact in everyday commuter traffic.
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#Advertising