No Cars Pass Bumper Crash Tests

08.06.09 | FL News Team

Car bumpers apparently aren't what they used to be. That's according to crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Consumer Reports" says the IIHS tested six midsized sedans and found none of the vehicle bumpers held up well in the kinds of low-speed impacts bumpers are designed to sustain.


The Institute tested the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Maxima. Although the Mazda 6 performed the best, none of the car bumpers were rated Good on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. The Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata rated Marginal, while the other three cars received Poor ratings.


The institute says although bumper tests have no bearing on crash safety, they do impact insurance rates. That's because many accidents submitted to insurance companies are minor and involve repairing body damage that could have been avoided with better bumpers.