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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently evaluated 2012-year-model midsize luxury and near-luxury cars in a new small overlap frontal crash test. Of the 11 vehicles evaluated, only three earned a “good” or “acceptable” rating, with the remaining eight cars earning either “marginal” or “poor” ratings.

The new test was designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object. With a dummy belted in the driver seat, 25 percent of the car’s front end on the driver side would strike a five-foot-tall rigid barrier while traveling at 40 miles per hour. Vehicle performance was rated in three categories: structure, restraints and kinematics, in addition to dummy injury measures.

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