For the first time since 2001 a vehicle garnered the worst result possible in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal crash tests. That illustrious award goes to the Kia Spectra sedan. The poor rating came after crash-test dummy's experienced head, chest and leg damage after 40 mph frontal crashes. The poor rating is not good news for Kia that has only recently escaped quality concerns from the public. Strangely enough the Hyundai Elantra, along with the Mazda 3, were the only small cars that received the institute's highest rating in this recent round of testing.

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