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Thursday May 15, 2008 2:18 pm

Smart Car Aces Crash Tests

Smart Car

We were happy to find out that the new Smart Car did well during its recent crash tests. The 8 foot car received the highest rating in both front-end and side impact testing. It received the second highest rating for rear crashes. Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS that conducted the test, said that a small car may be safer in congested urban areas, where crashes occur less often.

“All things being equal in safety, bigger and heavier is always better. But among the smallest cars, the engineers of the Smart did their homework and designed a high level of safety into a very small package,” Lund said. Looking at the results, it’s even a smaller package now.

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Now if they will only hurry up with the production!  Mine wont be ready until November :(

I have been looking at this as an option for a vehicle in the future, but one of my main concerns was the safety portion of it.  I wanted a car that would be fuel efficient, but according to these results, I am not as worried now—though I am still worried about getting run over by an SUV!

“small car may be safer in congested urban areas, where crashes occur less often.”
So why are they crash testing it so strictly.They should be testing cars whhich are more often going to be in crashes,lets face it crashes are not going to stop in our lifetime,now are they.

I was doing some more research about the smart car data, and those ratings are only if they were in crashes with vehicles of the same size! (which is basically the mini cooper and that is it) So I guess if you hit a mini cooper you will be fine, but you will surely be flattened by a Hummer

This is sounding like a car of the future with the price for a gallon of gas nowadays. I hope we see more small cars on the road. I drive a jeep wrangler an it gets scared of some of those hummers.

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