smart car crash test

smart car crash test

Smart Car Crash Test

GIF In order to convince potential buyers that the minuscule Smart ForTwo isn't something they will be violently killed in, Smart has long trumpeted the car's “tridion safety cell” as being one of the most protective systems out there. But how does it hold up in a Mercedes-style David vs. Goliath crash test?The 2016 Smart ForTwo Stays Small But Gets Huge ImprovementsI always thought the Smart Fortwo was the perfect example of a product that seemed great on paper…Read more Mercedes says they like to focus on the compatibility of vehicles from different sizes and weights in their car-to-car crash tests. So in one corner, we have the Mercedes S-Class sedan, a hulking luxobeast and one of the safest cars on the road. In the other, we have the tiny 2016 Smart ForTwo. The S-Class has nearly double the weight on the Smart. AdvertisementSo how'd it do? Surprisingly well, actually. The passenger compartment remained intact thanks to that tridion cell. It passed the test at Daimler; we'll see how it does in official American and European crash testing.
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Smart Car Crash Test

Applies to 2016-17 models Overall evaluation G Structure and safety cage G Injury measures Head/neck G Chest G Leg/foot, left G Leg/foot, right G Restraints and dummy kinematics G Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight. The Smart Fortwo was redesigned for the 2016 model year. As its name implies, the Smart accommodates only two people; there is no rear seat. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz, the manufacturer of the Smart, as part of frontal crash test verification. Injury measures Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low. Restraints and dummy kinematics Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2016 Smart Fortwo Proxy 2-door Weight 2,061 lbs. Side airbags front head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags Wheelbase 74 in. Length 106 in. Width 65 in. Engine 0.9 L turbocharged 3-cylinder EPA ratings 32 mpg city / 39 mpg highway How this test is conducted
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Smart Car Crash Test

Applies to 2016-17 models Overall evaluation G Structure and safety cage G Driver injury measures Head/neck G Torso G Pelvis/leg G Head protection G Rear passenger injury measures Head/neck Torso Pelvis/leg Head protection Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories. The Smart Fortwo was redesigned for the 2016 model year. As its name implies, the Smart accommodates only two people; there is no rear seat. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz, the manufacturer of the Smart, as part of side crash test verification. Injury measures Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Passenger — (Not applicable) Head protection Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof. Passenger — (Not applicable) Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2016 Smart Fortwo Passion 2-door Weight 2,046 lbs. Side airbags standard front head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags Wheelbase 74 in. Length 106 in. Width 65 in. Engine 0.9 L turbocharged 3-cylinder EPA ratings 32 mpg city / 39 mpg highway How this test is conducted
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Smart Car Crash Test

The ForTwo, which the IIHS classifies as “microcar,” has very little crush space in its short front end. The institute credits the car’s seatbelts and airbags with helping minimize crash forces on the occupants. The crash test dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through the airbag during the front crash test, but the impact wasn’t hard enough to affect the final rating, said spokesman Rader.
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Smart Car Crash Test

ADAC, a German automobile club not unlike the AAA here, wanted to see if the Smart was capable of taking a larger hit. The usual EuroNCAP crash test is a simulated frontal collision with a vehicle of the same weight. ADAC had four smaller car makes crash into a 50 percent offset barrier, weighted to be the equivalent of a lower-end mid-sized car.
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Smart Car Crash Test

The Smart Fortwo was redesigned for the 2016 model year. As its name implies, the Smart accommodates only two people; there is no rear seat. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz, the manufacturer of the Smart, as part of frontal crash test verification.
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Smart Car Crash Test

The Smart Fortwo was redesigned for the 2016 model year. As its name implies, the Smart accommodates only two people; there is no rear seat. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz, the manufacturer of the Smart, as part of side crash test verification.
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Smart Car Crash Test

“The IIHS frontal crash test is conducted at a higher speed than required by federal safety standards, and it’s an offset test that replicates most real-world crashes. The smart’s sophisticated safety management system performed as designed,” said Smart’s Schembri.
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Results from front impact crash tests, no matter how they are conducted, cannot be compared between cars of different sizes. In a real-world front crash, occupants in a smaller vehicle would experience greater crash forces when hitting a larger vehicle going in the opposite direction.
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Mercedes says they like to focus on the compatibility of vehicles from different sizes and weights in their car-to-car crash tests. So in one corner, we have the Mercedes S-Class sedan, a hulking luxobeast and one of the safest cars on the road. In the other, we have the tiny 2016 Smart ForTwo. The S-Class has nearly double the weight on the Smart.
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In earlier crash tests conducted by the government, Smart received the top score of five stars in side testing but the driver door unlatched during the test and opened. While it did not affect the vehicle’s test score, government regulators said the incident required them to note a safety concern for the vehicle which will appear on window stickers at dealerships.
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Total 31.2 Pts / 82% Good Adequate Marginal Weak Poor Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier 14.7 Pts Passenger Driver Whiplash Rear Impact 2.6 Pts Front Seat Rear Seat AEB City 0 Pts Performance: Not Available Lateral Impact 14 Pts Car Pole Comments The passenger compartment of the fortwo remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. smart showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of all body regions was good apart from the chest, protection of which was adequate. However, in the side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression revealed weak protection against chest injury. Euro NCAP observed also that the pole impactor came extremely close to striking the dummy’s head. While the dummy readings did not indicate a head impact in this test, Euro NCAP has concerns over the robustness of protection provided by the current seat-mounted head/thorax airbag. Daimler have developed an optimised solution which will be introduced into production at the end of March 2015. The seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
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Adrian Lund, the institute’s president, said a small car may be more practical in congested urban areas where serious, high-speed crashes are less likely. The institute conducted the crash test to help guide consumers who want a small car that can give them good protection.
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Comments The passenger compartment of the fortwo remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. smart showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of all body regions was good apart from the chest, protection of which was adequate. However, in the side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression revealed weak protection against chest injury. Euro NCAP observed also that the pole impactor came extremely close to striking the dummy’s head. While the dummy readings did not indicate a head impact in this test, Euro NCAP has concerns over the robustness of protection provided by the current seat-mounted head/thorax airbag. Daimler have developed an optimised solution which will be introduced into production at the end of March 2015. The seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
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The passenger compartment of the fortwo remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. smart showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of all body regions was good apart from the chest, protection of which was adequate. However, in the side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression revealed weak protection against chest injury. Euro NCAP observed also that the pole impactor came extremely close to striking the dummy’s head. While the dummy readings did not indicate a head impact in this test, Euro NCAP has concerns over the robustness of protection provided by the current seat-mounted head/thorax airbag. Daimler have developed an optimised solution which will be introduced into production at the end of March 2015. The seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.

Published on Apr 26, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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