The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a report stating that “luxury and near-luxury cars” perform poorly under a new type of safety test. The test, which examines the Acura TL, Acura TSX, BMW 3 series, Lincoln MKZ, Volkswagen CC, Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Lexus IS250/350, Audi A4, and Lexus ES350, was designed to study what is known as a small overlap in a frontal crash.
As opposed to a “head-on” collision, a small overlap frontal crash occurs when one car impacts another car on the left or right hand side of the front bumper. This type of crash is considered a “major source” of fatal auto accidents according to the IIHS.
Automobile manufacturers are required to meet strict safety standards for vehicle design and auto part construction. Various legal claims against manufacturers center around the “crashworthiness doctrine.” Under this doctrine, a manufacturer would be held liable for defects in the automobile’s design that cause injury above and beyond the damage caused by the underlying crash. Crashworthiness refers to the protection that a vehicle provides to its occupants in the event of an auto accident.
Louisville auto product liability lawyer Tad Thomas is dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured due to the defects caused by an automaker’s vehicle design or manufacture.