Rhino Editor Witnesses Car Crash in Cyprus - EURO NCAP Crash Tests

Rhino Editor Witnesses Car Crash in Cyprus - EURO NCAP Crash Tests

Last week I witnessed a horrific accident in Cyprus. I had been following a car which contained my girlfriend's family, when out of nowhere it was hit side on, at speed, by a large Jeep.

They were in a much smaller Skoda Fabia, which the force of the crash caused to spin right around. The side of the door was also buckled in.



Miraculously no one was hurt, and it seems to have been even more traumatic to see the crash than to have been in it. I felt like writing a letter of gratitude to Skoda. It is reassuring to know that my car, a VW POLO 16 valve, is basically the same model in terms of framework. I bought the Polo in part due to its EURONCAP rating. EURO NCAP is a great website which tests cars (by using those cool crash test dummy simulations) to find out their safety rating.
 
Euro NCAP Crash Test

With that in mind a bunch of crash tests have just been released for two-door cars. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests showed that cars on the whole are getting safer, with the Ford Focus and Volvo C30 doing particularly well, the following cars did not. This is useful information when either buying or renting a car.

Earning poor ratings for side collisions:
 

  • Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door, 2005-2007 models without optional side air bags
  • Dodge Neon, 2000-2005 models without optional side air bags
  • Dodge SRT-4, 2003-2005 models without optional side air bags
  • Ford Focus 4-door, 2000-2007 models without optional side air bags
  • Hyundai Elantra, 2001-2006 models with standard side air bags
  • Kia Spectra, 2004-2008 models made after 11/03 and before 9/07 with standard side air bags
  • Mazda3, 2005-2008 models made after 8/04 without optional side air bags
  • Mitsubishi Lancer, 2002-2006 models, without optional side air bags
  • Nissan Sentra, 2000-2006, without optional side air bags
  • Plymouth Neon, 2000-2001 models without optional side air bags
  • Saturn Ion, 2003-2007 models with or without optional side airbags
  • Suzuki Aerio, 2005-2007 models with standard side air bags
  • Suzuki Forenza, 2005-2008 models with standard side air bags
  • Toyota Corolla, 2003-2008 models without optional side air bags
  • Toyota Prius, 2004-2006 models without optional side air bags
  • Earning poor ratings for frontal collisions:
  • Chevrolet Cavalier, 1995-2005 models
  • Dodge Neon, 2000-2005 models
  • Hyundai Elantra, 2001-2003 models
  • Kia Sephia, 1996-1997 models
  • Kia Sephia/Spectra, 1998-2004 models made before 12/03
  • Kia Spectra, 2004-2005 models made after 11/03 and before 2/05
  • Mitsubishi Mirage, 1997-2001 models
  • Plymouth Neon, 1995-1999 models
  • Pontiac Sunfire, 1995-2002
Posted: August 08, 2009 by Global Administrator | with 0 comments
Phil Partridge
Posted: August 08, 2009 by Phil Partridge | with 0 comments
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.