The performances of some Toyotas in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) regimen of crash tests leave something to be desired. Consider the small overlap frontal crash test: only six Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles have undergone the new test, yet all but one of them received a poor rating. Osama Nagata, CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., says midcycle vehicle updates are in the works to address the safety issues brought to light by the IIHS test, Automotive News reports. He confirmed that the RAV4 is getting safety updates following its crash test performance last month, but he didn't name any other models.

All three Toyotas that were tested - 2013 RAV4, 2012-2013 Prius V, 2012-2013 Camry - received poor ratings. The 2007-2012 Lexus ES 350 and 2006-2013 IS 250/350 also received poor ratings. The only other Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle to score better than poor is the 2014 Scion TC. It received an acceptable rating in the small overlap frontal crash test and is the only recent vehicle in Toyota's line-up to get the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

The small overlap front crash test measures the safety of a car when its front left corner is strikes an object during an accident, bypassing traditional crumple zones, which deform in a way to protect passengers. In 2009, automakers were alerted to the forthcoming addition of the test, which was first implemented last year, IIHS spokesman Russ Rader says. They responded with differing intensity, he says, pointing out that Subaru and Honda started incorporating design changes early on so their cars would perform well in the tests.

Rader says the redesigned Corolla is being tested now, and that the IIHS will release its small overlap frontal crash test results in a few weeks.


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      zef56
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering how much money toyota has at their disposal, their recent crash test scores are pretty pathetic.
      James Fabin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it is a sign of getting older, but safety is a top priority for me. Both of my vehicles have leases ending soon and I've been looking for a small SUV and a large family sedan to replace them. When the new RAV4 and Subaru Forrester came out I liked both of them, but I instantly dropped the RAV4 when I saw how bad it did in the offset crash which the Subaru aced. I have a few months left to continue looking, but this crash test data is very important to me. I'm glad to see Toyota working quickly to improve their poor results.
      BULLFROG62
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIER GOING TO PAY OFF THE JUDGES
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Virtually the entire lineup was a Top Safety Pick before this new test was concocted, to keep IIHS relevant. When whole lineups, like Toyota are acing all your tests, you have to make up something fast, or close up shop. Why weren't they doing this test 15 years ago when they started offset crash testing? Either they were negligent in testing up to now, or these tests were never important, because they rarely happen. You can't have it both ways..... BD
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Hey BD, this is getting ridiculous now. As I've already pointed out to you NUMEROUS times before (so it is impossible for you to forget) these tests represent what occurs in 25% of all front end collisions. So, there goes your theory of them never happening. It is like you think people don't hit trees, stationary objects, or have head on collisions with other vehicles. You really need to stop this. You are making yourself look bad, as is the fact that you've been banned so many times that you had to misspell your handle to even be able to log in with a similar name. Black DyAnmite? Really?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
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          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
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        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        You continue to defend these garbage cars, while Honda continues to ace whatever test IIHS comes up with. Stop it.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am reminded of the old \"oh what a feeling\" commercials. I guess it is applicable in 2013 as the dash and steering wheel of your Toyota slams into your head and torso. Toyota needs to stop cutting corners on safety.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        'Toyota needs to stop cutting corners on safety". Ain't gonna happen, wouldn't be prudent,... for the bottom line.......... And besides that, what will they do with all that cardboard.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        To be fair, lots of cars failed, all the way up to European models like the Mercedes C-class and BMW 3 series.
          Robert Fahey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Nobody cares. This is a chance to talk trash.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      So these sorry imports are also death traps.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Welcome to the way back machine. Today we are visiting 1974.
        wendavid99
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Those past the new test are also imports, Subaru and Honda.
      thejaredhuang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical Toyota garbage
      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Toyota only did what they had to achieve to get good test scores but they didn't make efforts to also perform well in all real world scenario's. Just another cost cutting measure Toyota thought they could make by not spending money on more protective side panels. And yet still sales are brisk. They might even wait 1-2 years and they still have best sellers so you wonder what it takes before sales hurt. To Toyota's defense they were not the only one but Volvo clearly showed no need to design your car just to ace tests but go beyond that. And Honda quickly got several good ratings for latest models. Toyota should be more pro-active you'd think for being #1 nameplate currently.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luc K
        The more complex the automobile becomes, the more behind Toyota will get because of cost cutting. How many of you know many of Toyota's engineers are fresh out of universities, because they can hire them cheap. A few years back Toyota decided they had better hire more engineers? That was due to reports that Toyota engineering was deficient because of too few experienced engineers. European and American companies have engineers that have worked with them for decades, and they are paid top wages, Toyota does not, and has not done that.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Renaurd
          Source please. I work directly with multiple manufacturers, and all of them have young and very talented engineers. Manufacturers are not hiring inexperienced graduates with low GPAs, no practical experience, and no relevant internships. They wouldn't be doing themselves any favors.
      Gary Marshall
      • 1 Year Ago
      how do they plan to improve crash tests? CHEAT! ex owner of a piece of s--t solara.
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      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I for one can't wait to see the new Corolla as well as the refreshed models fail miserably as well.
      Mark SuckerBurg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, I'm hanging on to my old Rav until they can get their scores up ...and bring back manual shift transmission LOL.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark SuckerBurg
        Keep up the maintenance -- you're going to have that RAV4 for a long time.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark SuckerBurg
        You think your old RAV performs better than a newer model?
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