Bellevue Drivers Take Note: Poor Minivan Crash Test Ratings for Popular Models

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They are iconic family vehicles beloved to American families. The minivan is popular for its large sliding doors, roomy interior, and third- row seats. But some minivans scored poorly on recent crash tests. Review some recent minivan crash test ratings if you're thinking of purchasing a vehicle for your family..

IIHS Vehicle Crash Tests

The IIHS conducts tests on popular minivan models, as well as other vehicles. It uses these tests to assign ratings for the following.

  • Side impact
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraints and seats
  • Moderate overlap between tests


Among the tests are small overlap front tests. Several minivans recently scored poorly on the small overlap front crash test, giving some families pause when considering a new minivan. But other minivans scored well on the tests.

Which minivans failed the IIHS tests?

Only one minivan, the Toyota Sienna, received an Acceptable ranking in the small overlap front crash test. Three minivans (the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan) received a Poor rating. The organization tested the Honda Odyssey and gave it a Good rating last year. The Sienna and Odyssey earned Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

The IIHS broke down the test by structure, restraints and kinematics, and injury measures (head and neck, chest, hip and thigh, lower leg and foot). The test was designed to replicate what happens when the front corner on the driver’s side is subjected to heavy force, like that exerted by a rigid object like a tree or a utility pole, at 40 mph. These types of accidents are difficult for these minivans by design, as the minivan sits on a car's structure but is wider. So part of the minivan sits off of the frame, and may have little support in the event of a front corner collision.

Get Help if Injured in an Auto Accident

All drivers should do their homework when choosing a new or used vehicle. Check safety ratings, recalls, and more to ensure the vehicle is safe. We even featured a blog earlier this year discussing some of the safest vehicles in 2014. But unfortunately, no matter how much homework you do, negligent drivers may still cause wrecks.

If you suffer injuries in an accident, you may be able to recover damages from an at-fault driver. Speak to a car accident lawyer at Max Meyers Law if you're in the Bellevue area. We'll help you determine which damages your claim can include. Call 425-399-7000 or simply fill out our contact form to set up your free consultation.

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