August 21, 2007

Impact Testing

Consumers Report has a cool web page where you can see the impact tests for different vehicles online.

I like how the dummies have some kind of head case that holds red liquid so that when injured the dummy bleeds. Watch the Honda Odyssey 2005 to 2007 video to see the "blood" on the airbags. In spite of these minor injuries, the Odyssey gets the highest possible rating on both the front and side impact tests.

Update: The more I watch them, I don't think the blood actually implies an injury. I think it's just there to indicate that the dummy touched the surface.

Watch the old Kia Sedonas for a vehicle that gets only an "acceptable" rating.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at August 21, 2007 01:47 PM | TrackBack

They put slow-drying pink paint on the dummies' faces and slow-drying white paint on the cars' tires. That way, after the impact, they can see where contact was made.

I wish that I had painted the wrench, tire-iron, and other tools that were under my seat when I had my accident. That way I could have known how many of them hit me in the head as my truck rolled over and over.

Posted by: Tiberius at August 23, 2007 11:00 AM
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