Toyota Sienna Scores Marginal in Latest IIHS Test

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The 2018 Toyota Sienna earned a marginal rating in the Latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Passenger Side Low Lap Frontal Crash Tests, while the 2018 Honda Odyssey received a solid rating. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica received an acceptable rating.

In addition to the latest crash ratings, the IIHS evaluated the lower anchors and child tethers of five 2018 model year minivans. The Pacifica earned a marginal rating, while the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Kia Sedona and the Sienna each received an acceptable rating.

The IIHS also rates child seat attachment hardware, commonly known as LATCH. The Odyssey received a good +LATCH rating in addition to its good crash test rating.

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A low overlap crash occurs when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or a fixed object. The passenger side small overlap IIHS test is performed at 40 mph with a 25% overlap between the vehicle and the barrier it hits.

“In our last passenger-side testing, we found no performance issues with seat belts or airbags like we did when we evaluated small-to-midsize SUVs earlier this year and cars. average size last year,” said David Zuby, IIHS director of research. statement Thursday. “Instead, we saw structural shortcomings on the right side that still need to be addressed.”

The Sienna was deemed poor, as it allowed structural intrusion, resulting in injuries to the crash test dummy’s right thigh and lower leg.

While Toyota changed the vehicle’s structure to improve driver-side protection starting with 2015 models, the automaker didn’t make the same changes to the passenger side, the IIHS said. The Sienna is the oldest of the models in the recent IIHS study.

The Pacifica – introduced in the 2017 model year to replace the Chrysler Town & Country – is deemed acceptable as it received improved protection in small front overlap crashes on the driver’s side and passenger’s side, starting with the 2017 models built after August 2016.

The Pacifica also had intrusion issues, but test dummy sensors indicated a low risk of injury, offsetting the low structural rating. The Pacifica’s passenger side rating is based on both the IIHS crash test and a test by Fiat Chrysler under the IIHS frontal crash test verification program.

Despite ratings inconsistent with the overall structure, all three vehicles – the Sienna, Odyssey and Pacifica – scored well on passenger restraints and head, neck and chest injury metrics. .

Both the Pacifica and the Odyssey are 2018’s top safety picks.

Although the group began evaluating vehicles for driver-side small overlap protection in 2012, automakers haven’t always made the same changes to their passenger sides as they have to their driver’s sides. The IIHS began evaluating vehicles with the passenger side test in 2017.

In June, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018 Ford Explorer scored poorly in the institute’s passenger-side low-overlap frontal crash tests, while the 2019 Kia Sorento, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 GMC Acadia failed. received good grades. The 2018 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2018 Honda Pilot received acceptable ratings.

The ratings for Child Lower Anchors and Tethers, a system of child restraint mounting hardware intended for simple installation, are based on ease of use criteria that minimize installation errors.

However, IIHS research shows that child restraints installed with the LATCH are more likely to be installed correctly than restraints installed using the vehicle seat belt.

“The Odyssey is a great example of the consistent improvements we’ve seen in LATCH odds in just three years,” Zuby said. “Honda took LATCH into account when redesigning the Odyssey for 2018, raising the van’s rating from fair to good+ by making the second-row tether anchors easy to find and the lower anchors easy to maneuver .

“Additionally, the Odyssey model we tested has two good LATCH seating positions in the second row and two acceptable positions in the third row.”

“Toyota Sienna gets marginal marks in passenger-side overlap crash test” was originally published by Automotive News on 08/16.

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