Doesn't a 5 star crash rating seem too good to be true for....

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Old 03-23-07, 07:47 AM
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Doesn't a 5 star crash rating seem too good to be true for....

...a car the size of a Saturn? I just recieved in the mail this special deal from a local dealer, and they claimed this in their flyer. I then thought about head on collisions with a pickup truck on the highway and, well, I would think I'd rather be in another pickup truck of equal weight (or better)...of course withj safety harness and air bag.

Doesn't this seem like hearing that a small tin can has a 5 star rating? What does like a Saturn Neon weigh, I wonder?
 
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Consider this: a Mini Cooper has a 5 star crash rating; I wouldn't want to be in any substantial accident in that small a vehicle.

The crash ratings are created by crashing a vehicle into the same vehicle. Not very representative of the real world, IMO.
 
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Old 03-23-07, 03:27 PM
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They do? I thought they launched them down a track into an immovable object with crash test dummies inside. If what YOU say is true...that IS a good one. Hmmmm.
 
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It is all about high tech design the car can be totaled but the person inside alive because of crumple zones engines that drop down etc. The Volvo proved this many years ago. It is like a saftey cage built around the driver and passangers. Look at when a stock car slams the wall at 200 mph and the driver walks away how is this done? Same technologey is built into your daily driver.
 
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Yeah...I'd rather be alive and not hurt and have the car all ruined.

Actually, after being in a really bad car crash years and years ago, guess what car I bought? Yep. A Saturn. I was sold on their safety feature. Neon is a Saturn?<<<<---Not that I know a lot about cars . I think it depends on where the impact is. I'm sure they do test on the front and side and driver and passenger side. I'm sure you'll find they may not have 5 stars on the side impact.

I got in an accident with that Saturn, head onto an Oldsmobile and I was safe. Nothing happened to me and nothing happened to the Oldsmobile except the license plate fell off...and of course...I was only going 5 miles an hour.
 
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Old 03-23-07, 04:03 PM
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Neon is made by Dodge.

If I were in the market for a small car it would make me feel better if it had a high crash rating. Of course it's not gooing to fair very well against a F-150 4x4 in a head on but what car would ??

michael van mentioned Volvo's testing. I think that it was Volvo that used to use real people on real roads to do many of their crash tests.
 
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