Image: morguefile.comSafety car crash tests are an important way for drivers to determine which cars hold up best when involved in an accident. And there is a list that no car manufacturer wants its cars to be on--the one describing unsafe cars.

The safety of a car, when in a crash, is determined by how the car body protects the driver in side impacts, front impacts, and something called small overlap front crash tests. What this means is how the front of the car behaves when the left or right front of the car encounters an impact/crash.

This particular test is important because a good number or car collisions fall into this category. The tests, and resulting report, were gathered by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). This article will name the top three unsafe cars and the reasons why they were chosen.

#3 Most Unsafe Car: Hyundai Tuscan

This crossover vehicle had an abundance of safety issues with older models. But the 2015 model had serious problems as well. The side curtain airbag did not operate during a side crash test and according to the IIHS it left the test dummy’s head, “vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.”

The 2007 version of the Hyundai Tucson had major problems for its roof strength, head restraints, and seats.

#2 Most Unsafe Car: Nissan Versa

This car is marketed as an affordable, no frills, basic transportation vehicle, and on these points the Nissan Versa does well. But in the aspect of safety it fails miserably. The Versa was introduced in 2007 it has been going downhill since then.

This little subcompact car is a safety official’s worst nightmare as it failed in all of its frontal and small overlap front crash tests scoring  “poor” ratings. The safety report says that the driver side was “seriously compromised by intruding structure” in these crash tests, which in plain English means the steering column and other internal components could add to injuries.

#1 Most Unsafe Car: Jeep 2-door Wrangler

The number one position is usually reserved for winners, but in the case it is the biggest loser on this list. The Jeep 2-door Wrangler received bad safety ratings in side crash tests, small overlap front crashes, side crashes, poor head restraints, and poor seats.

But all these bad safety marks hasn’t deterred the Jeep Wrangler from being one of the most popular cars in the country. No doubt its rugged styling and off-roading ability has something to do with its large appeal. But the IIHS says that if you get into a side crash accident with this vehicle, it is very likely that you’ll experience injuries to the torso and pelvis (hip).

The four-door model doesn't fare any better as the IIHS said that side impacts could result in likely “rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries...”

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

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