NHTSA has decided not to pursue its plans for an offset frontal impact test, deciding instead to stick with the current 35 MPH full-width test. The concern was that the offset test would require that front crash structures be made significantly stiffer to survive the offset loading, which could lead to additional lower-body injuries in other types of crashes as a result. If you're interested in offset crash performance and want to factor that into your car-buying decision, you can check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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