When it comes to safety standards and regulations, there are so many questions that surround the small and large SUVs. One of the most requested questions from consumers is whether SUVs are required to undergo the same side impact tests as other vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has mandated that all new vehicles should undergo a new side impact test every few years that checks for whether or not the vehicles’ side windows and the roof of the vehicle encounter damage in the event of an accident. The first new side impact test was released for all vehicles in 2021.
Over the years, more vehicles have been subjected to this type of crash test. In most cases, the test is performed by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration, or MVA. The test is performed on new vehicles after the manufacturer has approved them for sale, and requires that they meet certain structural safety standards before they can be sold. Any time a new vehicle is required to undergo a new test, a number of agencies across the country require the manufacturer to participate in a pre crash inspection program.
While all SUVs will eventually experience some sort of side impact test, it does seem to be a more common problem with the smaller vehicles. As a matter of fact, more than half of all small suv accidents involved a small SUV. The reason for this is simply because these cars are typically much smaller when compared to their 4-door counterparts. A small vehicle is also much less capable of absorbing shock, and will more often suffer some sort of post-crash damage if they are struck in an accident.
Because of this, it is very important for consumers to be aware of what sort of symptoms to look for if they suspect that their small suv may be involved in a crash. It is also recommended that consumers look for a number of different signs in order to make sure that their vehicle has been properly protected. For example, if there is evidence of dents or other damage on the front of a small SUV, it is very likely that it has experienced a side impact crash.
If there is visible damage to the hood of a small SUV, it is likely that the vehicle has experienced a crash. Similarly, if a small SUV has any sort of dents or chips on its exterior, it is also very likely that the vehicle has experienced a crash. Additionally, a small SUV typically fails this side impact test because it tends to roll over rather quickly when it experiences a crash. If a small SUV is not correctly positioned when it rolls over, it will suffer serious damage and roll backward, rather than the vehicle skirting around the crash. When this occurs, the driver of the car will likely be trapped under the SUV, as well as passengers, in case the rollover is not immediately corrected.
As you can see, there are a number of factors which can contribute to a SUV failing the side impact test. Although SUVs do not typically suffer from side impact tests as much as cars, they can still be subject to them. When this is the case, it is imperative that a small SUV owner takes his or her vehicle for a service on a regular basis. In fact, taking care of your vehicle can actually help your vehicle pass the tests, since a service will help the integrity of your tires and other components.