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04-09-2014 07:20 PM
kennyrayandersen The Fit was a tough call -- buy the 2013, which was made in Japan, or go for the new one that ostensibly have a better offset crash rating, but made in Mexico... I got the 2013 (and a big discount as well).
04-09-2014 04:13 PM
Apk07
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Originally Posted by HGB View Post
Doesn't smart state that it activates the other car's crumple zone.
The moving barrier did not give at all!
I don't think thats a fair or valid comparison. What if every car on the road was a smart car? There would be nothing to "activate." I think a better term would be that its crash ratings are "taking advantage" of another car's crumple zone. IMO they should all be tested via a brick wall. Why not plan for worst-case-scenario instead of "smart car crashing into full sized sedan safety rating"
01-23-2014 07:45 PM
Miss Mercedes
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Originally Posted by smark View Post
The smart didn't look good from the top view of the video, to me.

Did they mention the results of that test?
It was hit by a 5,500lb sled at 56 mph at a 20% offset and 7 degree angle. That's give or take the size of of a large-ish crossover hitting you while you're attempting to make a turn.

Unfortunately, it appears the results of their fleet study isn't available to the public eye...
01-23-2014 06:00 PM
HGB
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Originally Posted by HoustonSmart View Post
Agreed...the lack of a significant crumple zone is the "wild card" to Smart's safety quotient!
Doesn't smart state that it activates the other car's crumple zone.
The moving barrier did not give at all!
The door is still closed too.

For what it's worth this improves the smart's chances on the road.
Perhaps not significant, yet everything helps.
01-23-2014 04:24 PM
smark
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Originally Posted by Neonspinnazz View Post
Yep! All of the tested cars have a traditional unibody. I'd be very interested to see how the Tridion Cell would stack up...the NHTSA video I posted gives a clue, but it was performed under more extreme circumstances...

The smart didn't look good from the top view of the video, to me.

Did they mention the results of that test?
01-23-2014 03:38 PM
MB DNA
A walking helmet is a good helmet

So much for Carlin's thinning of the herd . . .

Thanks to the visionaries at The Danish Road Safety Council and Trygfonden, an insurance company.



This 2009 Danish campaign poster reads:

"A walking helmet is a good helmet"

"Traffic safety isn't just for cyclists. The pedestrians of Denmark actually have a higher risk of head injury. The Danish Road Safety Council recommends walking helmets for pedestrians and other good folk in high risk groups."


Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Culture by Design: A Walking Helmet is a Good Helmet

01-23-2014 11:25 AM
Miss Mercedes Yep! All of the tested cars have a traditional unibody. I'd be very interested to see how the Tridion Cell would stack up...the NHTSA video I posted gives a clue, but it was performed under more extreme circumstances...
01-23-2014 11:03 AM
rfernatt
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Not sure the smart would hold up to the new test. It got plastic doors. You could be ejected out. The compliant of the 500, the door sheared off. Not much meat, in that corner of the smart car.
I'm not so sure about that. IIRC, the smart door hinges are connected to the Tridion cell, so even this small overlap test would have to get through the safety cell to tear the door off. Not saying it couldn't happen, but the Tridion may be a differentiator in this test.
01-23-2014 10:49 AM
Miss Mercedes
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Originally Posted by jwight View Post
Well, that's a lot better...
Oh yeah, the driver could just step right out of the vehicle!
01-23-2014 10:44 AM
Finest not concerned.
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