New Crash Test Focuses on Safety of Front Seat Passengers
New Crash Test Focuses on Safety of Front Seat Passengers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a new crash test program for vehicles that emphasizes the safety of front seat passengers. An existing test, the driver’s side overlap test, already helps protect drivers. The IIHS has developed the new test to ensure manufacturers prioritize the safety of front seat passengers as well. The test was created due to some vehicle manufacturers neglecting front passenger crash protection.

Developing a Passenger Side Crash Test

In the driver’s side test, the vehicle is driven into a barrier at 40 mph, with just 25% of the front end overlapping the barrier on the driver’s side. The passenger side test is almost identical, except that the vehicle overlaps the barrier on the passenger side instead. The test also includes a passenger dummy.

In the beginning, IIHS engineers focused on driver-side protection. This made sense, as every vehicle has a driver, whereas it may or may not have a passenger. Unfortunately, this allowed some automakers to be less stringent on passenger safety. However, this new focus will push automakers to boost the safety of vehicles for passengers. 

“The implementation of this new crash test should help improve auto safety for front side passengers,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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