Muscle car crash test
It is realy great to have a fast sports car, to love high speed and agressive driving, but what about the danger that comes along with that? What about safety protections?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put these three iconic cars – the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang (all with an optional V-8 engine), through a series of crash tests to see how their safety stacks up against their power.
And then released safety ratings – the Mustang rates highest in terms of overall safety, but none of the models earns the coveted IIHS “Top Safety Pick” designation.
The IIHS tests were for small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head-restraint protection, as well as for basic front crash prevention.
According to the results of the small overlap front test (when a car runs off the road and hits a tree, pole or clips another vehicle), only the Chevy Camaro earned a rating of “good” on that test, Ford Mustang scored as “acceptable” and the Dodge Challenger’s performance was called “marginal.”
The Challenger, on this test, shows extensive intrusion into the lower occupant compartment – the dummy indicate a high likelihood of serious lower-leg injuries. In the Camaro the risk of injuries to the dummy’s legs and feet was low. The Mustang results in this test was in-between.
The Camaro and Mustang were “Good” for head restraints and seats in protecting against neck injuries in rear crashes, while the Challenger’s head restraints were “Acceptable.” About roof strength – the Mustang earns a “Good” rating, and the Camaro and Challenger earn “Acceptable.”
The IIHS notes that strong roofs are especially important for sports cars, because they tend to have the highest driver death rates in single-vehicle rollovers.
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