Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hyundai, Toyota Misleading Headline

This story has a misleading headline:
Hyundai, Toyota small cars perform poorly in crash tests

Here is part of the article:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its lowest rating of poor in side-impact protection to four vehicles: a version of the 2007 Toyota Yaris without side air bags, the 2006 Scion xB, and 2007 models of the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio, which share similar underpinnings.

The institute evaluated several minicars for their ability to protect people in a severe crash. The 2007 Nissan Versa, which offers standard side air bags, received top scores in frontal, side and rear crash protection.

The 2007 Toyota Yaris with optional side air bags and the 2007 Honda Fit — which has standard side air bags — also got top marks in frontal and side-impact tests.

The bottom line is if you have a small car, or any car for that matter, get side air bags. The jerks at the AP just cannot get it right, can they?

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