8 Cars With Subpar Crash Test Scores

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Unsafe Cars to Avoid

Car safety has come a long way since automakers first featured their crash test scores in advertisements, but some models still do surprisingly poorly. This slideshow includes models that didn’t meet the grade and takes a look at some competitors that did much better.

The hardest test to pass is now the small frontal overlap test that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added in 2012. This test simulates a car crashing into a rigid object, such as a telephone pole, at 40 mph. The tricky part is that just the front corner of the car catches the barrier, which means the car’s crash structure is not able to absorb as much energy as a full-body collision would create. Real-world crashes of this type account for 25 percent of those with serious injuries. 

Here are the cars that have subpar safety scores, along with some vehicles the same size and type that did better. Bear in mind that as the 2017 models are released some may be re-tested and score better.

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