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These crash tests showed how safety has changed in modern cars

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May15,2024

>> These Crash Tests Show What Happens During Crashes/Video Screenshot

When you think of crash tests, images of two dummies driving down a straight road come to mind. But that's silly, because no two accidents are alike, and they certainly won't always be head-on collisions on a straight line.

Watch this crash test video to see what we mean. It's a fascinating look at multiple scenarios involving different types of vehicles. From cars to trucks, this YouTube find shows just how far vehicle safety has come in terms of ADAS, and how protected the people inside are if a collision cannot be avoided.

Some of the tests are extreme. , but, unfortunately, is not unheard of. Like, for example, going down a mountain at 200 kilometers per hour or throwing cars off a cliff.

Fortunately, the modern car is designed to absorb impacts. Airbags and crumple zones protect the lives of the people inside. This is why a car may appear mutilated and destroyed, but its passenger compartment remains intact and intact. From F1 to Fremont, people have moved away from horrific crashes, explosions and stampedes. On the other hand, older cars may have surface scratches, but the occupants may suffer from internal bleeding.

How cars fare in crash tests: watch the video

People of a certain age may remember the infamous NHTSA mannequins Vince and Larry. The safety duo has since retired, and the new NHTSA safety team is now family. The federal agency tests a variety of crash scenarios: frontal, rear, side and rollover. At the other end of the spectrum is the IIHS. The nonprofit tests similar crash angles, but also takes headlight visibility into account and evaluates child restraints or the LATCH system. However, both groups only test passenger cars. They also focus on likely real accidents rather than falling off a cliff. What about everything else on the road?

In the US, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates large trucks and buses. What about the Ambulance Crash Testsshown at the beginning of the video? Well, after falling down the rabbit hole of government websites, reporters learned that ambulance safety is left up to each individual state.

But it's not exactly the Wild West. SAE developed the EMS crash safety methodology provided by the CDC (it was a deep rabbit hole). It is worrying that the list of test methods is still more of a guide and recommendation for builders and manufacturers.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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