Minivans are regarded as the quintessential mode of transportation by today’s families, as minivans can seat a large number of occupants and are generally considered sufficient to protect occupants if an accident should occur. With 2014 being a record year for auto recalls and dangerous distractions for drivers, consumers are becoming more conscious of automobile safety. However, while minivans are expansive in terms of seating room, they are not as safe in specific types of impacts as many assume. The shortcoming of a minivan to stand up to specific impact scenarios is due to the size of the frame in relation to the weight it is expected to bear. If you are in the market to purchase a minivan for your family, or perhaps your business, it is important to know which makes and models are among the highest rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in terms of its safety rating in crash test performance.In a recent study of minivans manufactured, the IIHS examined how these vehicles handle small overlap front crashes, which are impacts that occur when the front corner of the vehicle strikes an object at 40 mph. The most disconcerting news is that 3 of the minivan models tested were rated as “Poor” in terms of performance. The models that did not stand up to the small overlap front crash testing of the IIHS and received a rating of “Poor” are the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan and the Nissan Quest. Each of these 3 minivans showed serious faults in its protection of the vehicle’s passengers and in its ability to absorb the force of a crash without major damage incurred. However, the Honda Odyssey outperformed the rest and received the stamp of “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS is the Honda Odyssey.
When you are considering your next vehicle purchase, be certain to research how that vehicle performed in the crash testing conducted by IIHS, so that you can rest easy knowing that your new vehicle can protect you and your family should an accident occur. When you are considering your next collision repair shop in Anaheim CA, make sure that they use the latest improvements in body shop technology so your vehicle is restored to its former level of safety.