Hey everybody. I just watched and read all about the newest iihs crash against bigger vehicles. The iihs is saying along wit fox news and many other stations that the small cars are unsafe against larger vehicles and you should all go out and buy a bigger car. From my personal experience when I crashed my Smart against a ford focus, I was find and the other guy was injured. From being a big hit on the news to being an avoidance, I think that these results put a big dent in the minds of many iffy buyers. What do you guys think? Peronally, I don't mind the new results and the chances of me hitting another larger car head on are about one in a million. If people are going to complain about safety, go up to hells angels or any other biker and say they should be in a bigger car because it is safer. I really don't think anybody driving a motorcycle shakes in nervousness about getting in a crash.

"Mercedes C class versus Smart Fortwo: After striking the front of the C class, the Smart went airborne and turned around 450 degrees. This contributed to excessive movement of the dummy during rebound — a dramatic indication of the Smart's poor performance but not the only one. There was extensive intrusion into the space around the dummy from head to feet. The instrument panel moved up and toward the dummy. The steering wheel was displaced upward. Multiple measures of injury likelihood, including those on the dummy's head, were poor, as were measures on both legs.

"The Smart is the smallest car we tested, so it's not surprising that its performance looked worse than the Fit's. Still both fall into the poor category, and it's hard to distinguish between poor and poorer," Lund says. "In both the Smart and Fit, occupants would be subject to high injury risk in crashes with heavier cars." In contrast, the C class held up well, with little to no intrusion into the occupant compartment. Nearly all measures of injury likelihood were in the good range." -iihs




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Comment by Liz on April 21, 2009 at 6:51pm
BTW, I love all of your guys comments! It is pretty ridiculous. I will walk around in a bubble forever. and wear a helmet!
Comment by Liz on April 21, 2009 at 6:47pm
I'm still getting one! Yippee! I am careful when I drive!
Comment by Brett Harrison on April 17, 2009 at 1:34pm
Thank you for all your opinions guys. I did read the blog post and it sums up everything. Also, I like Fox, but the other news stations also had it on. Second, I do not feel one less bit safe in my car. I survived a crash unscathed as well being hit by a Ford Focus at 35mph while the other driver had a broken hand and couldn't walk out of his car. Like Craig said, there is no safe car, but only a safe driver. If one wanted to be safe, lets take bob and Jan's idea and drive aroudn tanks. I believe personally that the Smart car is the overall best car ever with its safety, performance, and looks. If anybody has a problem with that, they can shove it up their gas can!
Comment by Toi Benz on April 16, 2009 at 10:26am
I cross the street without looking and I ride a motorcycle. I am doomed!!!!!!!!!! LOL
Comment by Monty on April 16, 2009 at 9:58am
Doh! I meant tridion...from the post-accident evidence I've seen, I'm not sure there's much difference, though.

Memo for Today: Do not accidently mace yourself in the eyes and wander into a head-on crash with a Mercedes-Benz C-Class whose driver has just been stung in both eyes by a bee...you know, the typical accident the IIHS is so suddenly concerned about...with perhaps just a little encouragement from DEADENDERS ENCOURAGING THE RESUSCITATION OF IMMODERATE TRANSPORTATION (D.E.T.R.O.I.T.)
Comment by AM on April 16, 2009 at 9:46am
hhhmmm...makes you wonder -- not really, it's pretty much a given -- LARGE cars have LARGE prices, LARGE policies and LARGE premiums, so OF COURSE the insurance industry is going to try to influence the lunatic fringe (read 'reactionary consumers who buy based on impulse and the latest gossip') to go out and buy LARGE expensive cars instead of economical small cars. Did they try testing what happens when a LARGE car is going 100 mph, and the smart car is going 55 mph (my typical conditions)? This is just more irresponsible propaganda from both the IIHS and the news agencies...anything to make a headline more exciting! I wonder if the car manufacturers or oil companies had any influence (like funding?) on this foolish, pointless exercise? OOOOOO -- what a conspiracy theory THAT makes!
Comment by Monty on April 16, 2009 at 9:10am
I am so terrified by this horrible situation that I am planning to crush my smart into a small cube which I will use as a hood ornament on my new hybrid-electric cement mixer. It will still be as heavy as a loaded cement mixer, except instead of cement, it will be filled with batteries. It's all part of my plan for the post-IIHS-crash-test gangrene economy.

Update: Uh...the titanium cage busted the crusher. I guess I'll just have to use a Mercedes-Benz C Class instead.
Comment by Tom Owens on April 15, 2009 at 5:35pm
Yes everyone ditch the smart car purchase a MOTOR HOME. Maybe everyone should purchase a $35000 hybrid (17000 more then I paid for my smartie.) I don't care what the morons at the IIHS think. Where is the aveo? Where is the mini cooper? Besides where is the info on how the dummies in the cars did. I mean they didn't have sensors on this to check them? Gee thats a another shocker a 2300lb car get bounced like a soccer ball when it gets hit by a 5500 lb Mercedes. Why not use the same vehicle for a true test? I mean everyone knows Mercedes are built like tanks!
Comment by John Dunham on April 15, 2009 at 4:54pm
You want big and safe ... buy a tank! Of course, you'd have to forget about fuel economy, handling, emissions, cost, and comfort. But you wouldn't have to worry about big cars snd SUVs anymore.
Comment by toes on April 15, 2009 at 2:34pm
In other "news" the IIHS just announced that leaving your house and walking down the sidewalk is a likely scenario to get you killed when you get hit by the dump truck.

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