City Cars Often Underperform in New Whiplash Test
The Thatcham Institute tests cars for the UK's insurance industry. Why not just rely on the pan-European NCAP (new car assessment program)? Because NCAP is only about survivability, not all aspects of car safety. One yet-missing factor which Thatchham is testing is whiplash protection. For the insurance industry, whiplash is a big issue. Not only do scamsters like to feign whiplash, but there are thousands of real, disability-causing cases each year. How will the trend towards smaller cars influence whiplash rates? According to tests published yesterday, city cars are the least effective in preventing whiplash in low speed rear end collisions. Fiat's 500 got a "marginal" rating for safety. The only two City cars to achieve an "acceptable" rating were the Renault Twingo and the Smart Fortwo. Two thirds of the (larger) supermini cars tested were rated as "marginal" or "poor". Renault's Modus was the best smaller car with a rating of "good." Thatchham: "You now have a choice at almost every price range."
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