Although cars are becoming more and more safe with every new generation, auto safety nuts are forever finding new ways to make cars seem scary. In some cases, the rush to create new crash test standards can create as many problems as it solves (see roof-crush standards), but in others you wonder why certain standards aren’t tested on every vehicle. One case that falls into the latter category: rear-crash tests. No government requires rear-crash testing, but in the wake of several accidents, Germany’s AutoBild magazine decided to look into what exactly happens when a car is hit from behind at 64 km/h… and the results are not encouraging.AutoBild and DEKRA bought two cars to test for rear-crashworthiness, a Toyota iQ to represent small cars and a Renault Grand Scenic to represent compact MPVs. And these two vehicles were not necessarily chosen at random either: both received 5-star ratings from the European NCAP crash test program, which test for front and side impacts, but has no full rear crash test. Also, both offer very little in the way of rear crumple zones. Compact-based MPVs, particularly those with third rows, offer between 21 cm between the rear headrest and the rear hatch… Read full this story
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