Best and worst SUVs in latest crash tests

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2015) – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested a new round of SUVs in a small front overlap collision. This impacts the front driver-side corner of the car, presenting major problems for the driver. According to experts, it doesn’t even take that hard of an impact to cause severe damage.

“A car came into my lane and struck my vehicle,” said Hollyn Mangione.

In 2011, Mangione was in a front overlap collision. A car collided with the front corner of her SUV; the corner that sat closest to her driver’s seat.

“So it took that part of my car and brought it in,” said Mangione.

The dashboard of her car ended up on her lap. Mangione suffered severe lacerations to her face and head, and permanent damage to her hip and back.

“I think it’s great that they’re looking into it and working more on trying to make our cars safer,” she said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested a new round of small SUVs, like Mangione’s, in front overlap collisions.

The Top Safety Picks included the 2015 Nissan Murano and Ford Flex. The Jeep Wrangler got a good rating but did not qualify for a top safety pick.

The Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, and Hyundai Santa Fe got marginal ratings, and the Dodge Journey came in last and ranked poor.

“Occupant compartment collapsed around the driver, we measured high forced on the left leg,” explained David Zuby of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the Dodge Journey’s crash results.

With a lot of improvements left to be made, safety experts are concerned with the vehicles that don’t make the grade, “We think that a number of people experiencing a similar crash will suffer serious and possibly fatal injuries,” said Zuby.

“I will be dealing with this for the rest of my life,” said Mangione.

According to safety experts, a small front overlap is one of the most common types of crashes. It’s not often you see a direct head on collision; instead, it’s likely the crash occurs on one side of the car or another. Improving collision safety for this type of crash is now a priority for many car companies. The insurance institute says many car companies are already addressing any shortcomings.

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