April 30, 2007

2007 Toyota Tundra and 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer receive ‘Good’ ratings in frontal offset crash tests

Arlington, Virginia – The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released crash test results for the redesigned 2007 Toyota Tundra and the redesigned 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Two 40-mph frontal offset crash tests of the Tundra were conducted, one by the Institute of a 2WD Double Cab and the other by Toyota of a 4WD Double Cab. The overall rating of Good was based on a review of both tests.

Though the Tundra’s overall rating was Good, forces measured on the left tibia in the Institute’s test indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible, but right leg/foot forces were low. In the test conducted by Toyota, left leg/foot forces were low, but forces on the right foot indicate a possibility of foot injuries. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through the airbag in the Institute’s test, indicating that head injuries would be possible. In the test conducted by Toyota, the head also hit the steering wheel through the airbag, but the head acceleration was low. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit in the Institute’s test also was low.

In a similar 40 mph frontal offset crash test, the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer received Good ratings in all areas. Dummy movement was well controlled, the driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash, and the dummy’s head rebounded into the side airbag without coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Details can be viewed at www.hwysafety.org

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