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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the full-size Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and Jeep Wagoneer. The results were discouraging: popular SUVs received low scores for a number of parameters. The main problem was a frontal impact with partial overlap: the body of the frame models was severely deformed, and the mannequins were damaged.

The IIHS methodology has been slightly updated: partial overlap crash tests are now conducted with a full interior, meaning there are dummies not only in front, but also in the rear. This approach took the auto giants by surprise: both Ford, Chevrolet, and Jeep failed the tests, since the loads in the chest area were higher than permissible, in addition, in Tahoe there is a risk of head and neck injuries.

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The Chevrolet Tahoe has been criticized for its bad headlights: they blind other drivers and poorly illuminate the roadside. In a nighttime pedestrian safety test, the SUV failed to recognize an obstacle and did not even brake. But large SUVs turned out to be good in side impacts: when the main load is taken by the frame, the driver and passengers can get away with minor injuries.

IIHS Vice President Raul Arbelaez said some popular cars are falling behind in the race to meet best safety standards. However, the functionary has no doubt that automakers will easily solve these problems. However, it is hardly possible to do anything about the deformation of the body of frame models during a frontal impact with an offset, because you can’t fool physics.

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