Drivers of Small Cars May Be at Higher Risk in Crashes

A small percentage of sub-compact vehicles passed a tougher, new safety test.
3:00 | 01/22/14

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And a big warning, tonight, about the car you may be driving. A new report shows those really small cars on the road may be a risk if you're in a crash. Only 1 car out of 11 passed a tough, new test. Which one? ABC's Clayton Sandell gets behind the wheel tonight. Reporter: Minicars can be big fun. Squeezing into small spaces. But in a crash, not so much. In a new test of how minicars held up in front corner collisions, the insurance institute for highway safety, found 11 models, mostly rated marginal or poor. The worst, the Honda fit and the fiat 500. If you're shopping for safety, you really shouldn't be looking at one of the smallest vehicle segments on the market. Reporter: Only one minicar, the chevy spark, scored an acceptable rating. High-strength steel that makes the passenger compartment stronger, along with seat belts that holds the driver in place, reducing injuries, makes it a top safety pick. We're tall guys. Are we going to fit in this car? Today in Colorado -- we took the spark for a test drive. Smaller cars in general, are becoming much more popular. Reporter: There's nearly 4 million minicars on the road. But in a crash, they're often at a disadvantage against bigger cars. Just compare the Numbers. This suburban is 18 feet long and 7,400 pounds. The spark, on the other hand, 12 feet long, and only about 2,300 pounds. Tonight, several manufacturers told us they are committed to safety and are reviewing the results, noting their cars have done well in other tests. Honda told us, they are completely redesigning the fit to be much safer. So that in a crash like this, everyone survives. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver.

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