Small Overlap, Big ChallengeTony Norton, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking
My colleague, Giuseppe Resta, Manager, Global Automotive at Altair Engineering submitted the following blog post.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released its first results for its new small overlap frontal crash test. Despite the fact that the initial test group consisted of mid-sized luxury and near-luxury sedans, equipped with some of the best safety features available, only three of 11 achieved a good or acceptable rating. In the test (commonly called SORB, Small Overlap Rigid Barrier), just 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side impacts a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. It mimics an impact with a pole, tree or another vehicle that, according to the IIHS, as of 2009 represented a quarter of the frontal crashes resulting fatal or serious injury to front occupants. Read More