October 3, 2007

Suzuki XL7 receives top “good” rating in frontal crash test

2007 Suzuki XL-7
2007 Suzuki XL-7. Click image to enlarge

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Arlington, Virginia – The redesigned Suzuki XL7 has received the top rating of “good” in frontal crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Beginning with 2008 models, design changes were made to the driver frontal airbag and seatbelt to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes.

Frontal ratings were assigned by the IIHS based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification; the XL7 is built by CAMI in Ontario. The tested vehicle was a 2007 model, incorporating the airbag and seatbelt changes for 2008 models.

During the tests, the dummy’s movement was well-controlled; during rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail. Measures taken from the head, neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicated that injuries to the lower leg would be possible, but head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

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