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Minivan safety tests lead to mixed results

Posted: 10:23 AM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-16 13:00:29-04

NBC NEWS – Another round of front passenger side crash tests is offering some mixed results for minivan makers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested three 2018-19 minivans, the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna, focusing on “passenger side” front crash tests, similar to real world scenarios.

“A vehicle may go off the road, strike a tree, or an object at the side of the road, where only a portion of the front of the vehicle gets crushed,” said David Zuby from IIHS.

Minivan Crash Tests
Another round of front passenger side crash tests is offering some mixed results for minivan makers.

In these “small overlap” tests, the Sienna only received a marginal rating overall and a poor rating for structure, with Zuby saying the safety cage around the right front passenger side started to fall apart.

The Pacifica earned a marginal rating for structure, with an acceptable rating overall for passenger side protection.

The Odyssey fared best, scoring “acceptable” on structure and a “good” overall.

“We’d ideally like to see all vehicles rating good overall. But those that rate acceptable don’t have too many problems,” said Zuby.

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