• Aug 24th 2007 at 7:35PM
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wrapped up yet another round of merciless destruction analyzed crash test data provided by BMW and came away with an overall 'Good' rating for the 2007 MINI Cooper.

The only test conducted so far was the frontal offset crash, which received the 'Good' rating for all but the head/neck portion that was categorized as 'Average.' The reason for the middle-of-the-road rating was due to the IIHS's dummy hitting its head against the steering wheel through the airbag (ouch!), and although the Institute observed the dummy striking the roof rail on rebound, it still classified the MINI's restraint system as 'Good,' since the impact was "negligible."

You can read the IIHS press release in full by clicking the 'Read' link below.

[Source: IIHS]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Do people actually by the Mini thinking that is the Volvo of safety? Heck, not even all Volvo owners drive with safety in mind, what should we think about Mini drivers?

      You want to drive a go-cart around on the big highways, then prepared to get squished like a bug. If you want safety, install five-point restraint system on a land yacht.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just a thought. Do these crash tests only crash one car for each impact type? seems like you'd need to conduct at least two or three to have any type of definitive safety rating.

      Well, I guess that's why there's IIHS and NHTSA. and Euro NCAP.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The head/neck portion was not categorized as 'Average' - in the IIHS ratings "A" = "acceptable.

      Also note that this car got a "good" rating in that area for the 2006 and earlier model years. I guess it got worse after they redesigned it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. That sounds kinda terrible.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too small it is.

      I live in the city and would love to drive something this small, but I have a seven-year-old and plans to stick around for a while.

      When they make this with a carbon-fibre tub I'll be interested.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good is the highest possible rating...it is in no way "terrible".
        • 8 Years Ago
        The IIHS states CLEARLY that the impact is "negligible." Meaning the impact will not cause damage to the face or head
        • 8 Years Ago
        The roof rail hit was negligible. The face into the steering wheel was not:
        "A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible."

        German engineering at its finest!
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