November 16, 2006
2007 Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Outlander receive ‘Good’ ratings in crash tests
2007 Hyundai Elantra (top) and a modified version of the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander. Click image to enlarge
Arlington, Virginia – The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the redesigned 2007 Hyundai Elantra sedan and the new 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander compact SUV its top ‘Good’ rating in frontal offset crash tests. IIHS frontal offset barrier crash tests are conducted at a speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) into a deformable barrier.
In the Elantra test, using high tech crash test dummies, the IIHS stated, “Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail, but..head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low. Measure taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions.”
The Outlander received an overall ‘Good’ rating for the head, neck and chest, but an ‘Acceptable’ rating on injury measures to the right leg. “Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.”
For more information, see www.hwysafety.org