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Pirus V Fails Crash Test

Well, the good news — I guess — is that the battery didn’t explode:

Two key Toyota models, the flagship Camry sedan and the Prius v wagon, failed an important new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance industry group.

Honda’s newly redesigned Accord tied for the top safety rating with the Suzuki Kizashi, a car that will soon no longer be sold in the United States. The redesigned Ford Fusion also scored well.

The results raise concerns that the Toyota models can’t provide protection from serious injuries in common accidents. The automaker’s new Prius v, a wagon version of the popular hybrid, scored last among 18 cars tested, with “poor” ratings in five of seven categories. The Camry — America’s bestselling passenger car — scored next to last.

“Toyota engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of their competitors,” said Adrian Lund, the insurance group’s president.

There’s non-embeddable video of the crashes of not only the failed Toyota models, but other brands that did well at the link above. A picture of the Prius V in all it’s glory:


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