Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates SUV roof strength in rollover car accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released a new study which rates roof strength in small SUVs. The results from this new study inform car buyers on how well an SUV will fare in a rollover car accident.

The IIHS developed the new rating system because studies show that passengers in rollover crashes do better in a rollover crash when a vehicle’s roof is stronger roof. To earn a IIHS rating of “GOOD”, the SUV must have a roof that is twice as strong as the minimum federal safety standard.

SUVs with Good Ratings

  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Subaru Forester
  • Honda Element
  • Jeep Patriot

SUVs with Acceptable Ratings

  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

SUVs with Marginal Ratings

  • Honda CR-V
  • Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner

SUVs with Poor Ratings

  • Kia Sportage/Hundai Tucson

According to IIHS statistics, 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover car accidents. Roofs that are built stronger crush less, decreasing the risk that passengers will hit the roof in a crash. Stronger roofs also keeps a vehicle intact better in a rollover accident and passengers are less likely to be ejected with the doors stay closed and the roof remains intact.

We anticipate that our roof strength test will drive improved rollover crash protection the same way our frontal offset and side impact consumer test programs have led to better protection in these kinds of crashes,” says Institute president Adrian Lund.

See the IIHS web-site for a full report and a video on roof strength rating system.

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