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Automakers Score Higher in U.S. Front-Crash Tests

May 29, 2002

Auto companies have made vehicles safer in front crashes, recording top marks for the first time in the latest tests conducted by a leading U.S. insurance group, according to Reuters.Showing a significant improvement in recent years, all nine new or redesigned mid-size 2002 models earned the overall highest rating for managing the impact from a front crash, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said on May 28. And all but one of themodels, a mix of popular cars, received the top rating for protecting the passenger compartment in the tests that rammed the vehicles into apliable barrier at 40 mph.Light trucks, which include minivans, sport utility vehicles and pickups, also have improved front-crash safety. The redesigned 2002 Ford Explorer scored a "good" rating infront-crash tests after posting only "acceptable" ratings for its 1995-2001 models, according to Reuters.
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