UTILITY VEHICLES BETRAY THEIR FLIMSY DESIGNS IN 5 MPH BUMPS
A main attraction of utility vehicles is their supposed ruggedness. Yet based on the Isuzu Rodeo's performance in crash tests at a very slow speed, this vehicle and its identical twin, the Honda Passport, are anything but rugged. They're more likely to end up in repair shops because of damage sustained in parking-lot bumps than to perform their advertised purpose of transporting people on off-road adventures. This article presents the results of crash tests at 5 mph (8 kph) on six 1996 midsize four-door four-wheel-drive utility vehicles. In conclusion, it is pointed out that owners of these vehicles can expect to pay higher insurance premiums, as well as the time and aggravation involved in getting their vehicles repaired after low-speed bumps.
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Arlington, VA United States 22201
- Publication Date: 1996-3-2
- Features: Photos; Tables;
- Pagination: 4 p.
- TRT Terms: Crashes; Four wheel drive; Impact; Impact tests; Insurance rates; Loss and damage; Repairing; Speed; Testing; Utility vehicles; Vehicle design; Vehicle safety
- Uncontrolled Terms: Damages; Impact speed
- Old TRIS Terms: Repair costs; Vehicular safety
- Subject Areas: Design; Highways; Research; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety; I95: Vehicle Inspection;
- Accession Number: 00721561
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 076
- Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: May 29 1996 12:00AM