New Small Car Crash Tests

American families own them, but half of small cars tested performed poorly in tougher crash tests.
1:18 | 08/08/13

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Now we have the results of a new crash test on small cars. 20 percent of the industry, millions of us drive them. Today we learned nearly half of the small cars in this new test had trouble in the cashes. Abc's david kerley takes us through it. Reporter: This kind of crash is responsible for one of every four serious injuries or deaths. This is a new test which simulates which just a corner of your car is hit rather than full head on and six small cars did not do well. Watch this kia, what the insurance institute calls a horrendous collapse of pillars in the instrument panel, slamming into the head of the test dummy. Sonic and cruise were all rated marginal or poor. The big problem here is a structural problem. The safety cage around the occupants inside the vehicle ne to be stronger. Reporter: Despite the marginal or poor ratings, the car makers tell abc news their vehicles get good ratings in other tests and they are always working to improve safety. This is what the customers are looking for. The honda civic got the highest rating because nothing instruded into the passenger compartment. Six cars got that rating. Testers hope the results lead to safer cars. David kerley, abc news, washington.

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