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-- OK well how it is trying to get into some big time government overreach here top marks for small cars -- seem to be out of reach.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is new front end crash test shows.
Only half of the -- -- small -- scoring well with more on this Carl -- senior analysts to Kelley blue book.
Who do you how the crash testing is done.
Carl thanks for coming on the show -- I you know I was shocked by these results you know you always worry about small cars not being safe.
This would seem to prove that what was your reaction to the test results.
Well it's unfortunate because it does give that impression but you have to remember that these cars.
Aren't any different than they were before it's just that I HS has come up with a much more kind of tough test a much more compelling way to test these cars.
Because they keep working down the statistics and this is now kind of the most.
Dangerous type of crash when you have this small overlap impact on the front of a of a car so that's so we're just working their way out of here -- -- -- We're talking about usually they do a frightening crash front end of -- -- and re -- 100% into a wall right.
Did Sally I write permanent challenging here because the car should be safe no matter how you smash a -- Do you mean like this whole ideas -- oh we've never tested and that way before what they never thought that maybe somebody would have had crashed like this -- curry say.
Yeah I know and -- it it does make you feel like okay now there's a new way that I can get hurt when I'm driving a car that they just didn't know about before.
But you know the Honda did really well because I think they had a little bit of a heads up on this test some other cars did pretty good you know like they -- the -- in the Hyundai.
And the dodged it okay.
And all these cars will go through their next iteration of design and redesign and at that point they'll address this type of crash to so well yeah -- -- in the cars and make him better.
Here's the heads up here's what happened to these -- that had trouble.
Safety cages collapsed okay safety cages collapsed.
Driver air bags moves sideways.
And then the Crash Test Dummies their heads hit the instrument panel.
So too many this is a failure of design -- got to think out there that the people designing the cars must've thought that some day somewhere somehow.
These cars would get hit like this I just don't understand why they haven't prepared for this eventuality.
Yeah and it's an enforcer -- -- crash because it literally peels the car like an onion it's it's off so far on the side of the front end.
But the main -- kind of support -- that every car has aren't helping at all they're fueling up the side of like defender right out where the tire is and there's not much stared and let you get from getting all the way into the passenger compartment.
Look at -- -- we're seeing the pictures right now so.
You say that they'll start making changes now so that they can pass this test with flying colors how Long Will it take them to upgrade.
I think over the next two to four years you'll see almost every one of these cars doing very well on this type of test because every manufacture.
Wants to score well on these you know once you have one kind of you know.
Achilles heal your competition can can pound on you for saying -- not as safe as they are so there have been all want to pass this test as quickly as possible.
But the Kia Forte fare the worst -- won't ask you this question straight -- Karl or these small cars -- they just.
Not as safe as big cars.
Well you know the guys are tired -- were pretty straightforward they did tell us that remember all these tests are often done with cars of equal size meaning.
You know the Smart Car that tiny little Smart -- does pretty well if he had another Smart Car -- hit.
You know Cadillac Escalade you're not gonna do as well so the smaller car here and the more likely you'll hit something bigger than you and that's when it starts to get a little more -- -- unpredictable what's gonna happen while I think we all worry about that right because a lot of these small cars get.
They're bought for college kids for young people starting their first job those are the folks.
That -- -- get these little cars and they're really have more risk they have to be more careful don't you think you have to have a different attitude when driving.
Well hopefully I mean that's unfortunately the combination you often have people buying these kind of cars which may be on the safe is larger cars.
Who are also at risk because they're demographics we know what you know teenage.
You know insurance rates Iraq and -- like that because of how many accidents that are involved -- but the other -- way to look at it -- a little more positive is that.
All of these cars are far safer than they were even like ten or twelve years ago compared you know when I was a teenager -- you know they're they're much safer cars so that keeps moving in the right direction but I -- -- tests for continuing to find.
New ways to crash the car that ferret out other potential dangers so that they can keep.
Making them better and better eventually there -- I -- -- eventually -- -- place really say we can't find any more dangerous crashes they're -- The sooner rather than later that's why -- of Karl thanks for coming -- I guess I guess we've got some improvements thank you.
Think it -- thank you.
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