Purchasing a vehicle can be an overwhelming experience trying to navigate through all the standard features and available options in newer models these days. But one thing that remains important to our Greensboro car accident attorneys is that safety features should not take a back seat to the “bells and whistles” features that are more appealing in a vehicle. Choosing a highly rated car with top-notch safety features could make the difference between life and death or severe injury in a car accident in Charlotte, Winston-Salem or elsewhere.
There are some resources out there that can help make your decision easier by becoming more informed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) helps consumers make informed decisions by rating vehicles on crash safety and performance. A vehicle can be awarded a good rating for front, rear, side and rollover crash protection. Additionally, vehicles mass-produced after Sept. 1, 2011, must be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC).
Any vehicle with a rating of 4 or higher is considered a good rating. Federal requirements necessitate that a vehicle’s roof must withstand 1.5 times of its weight. Occupants riding in high-rated vehicles that are involved in rollover crashes are less susceptible to serious injuries because the roof strength prevents the top of the car from caving in.
The organization recently awarded the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Passat with their pick for top safety. The Audi 6 is considered a luxury car but earned the award for passing the roof strength test in rollover crashes with flying colors. The A6 endured a force equal to 4.9 times the weight of the car. The Passat tolerated a force equal to 6.3 times its weight. Both vehicles improved their safety rating in roof strength from the previous generation of models.
The Chevrolet Sonic, a new model for 2012, also received top ratings and top safety pick from the IIHS recently. The Sonic replaces the Aveo which previously earned an acceptable rating in the front crash test but marginal ratings in side, rollover and rear crash protection. The 2012 Sonic is a small four-door vehicle that received a roof strength-to-weight ratio of 5.37. The Aveo withstood a force of 3.09 times the weight of the car.
Safety concerns shouldn’t cease once you do your research and purchase a vehicle. Even though vehicles are tested for safety before they are sent to a dealer’s lot, many models often get recalled for defects after they are purchased. Safercar.gov not only provides consumers with a purchasing safety guide that helps consumers know what to look for in a car but the site also allows you to check for recalls and have them emailed to you.
Take the time to learn about important safety features when shopping around for your next vehicle. It might just save a life.
The car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A assist victims in North Carolina car accidents caused by a defective vehicle. If you have been severely injured, call 1-800-887-1965 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney today.
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