Visualizing the Advances in Motor Vehicle Safety Over the Past 50 Years

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 September, 2009 | permalink


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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a unique crash test to demonstrate the advances in motor vehicle safety over the last 50 years. In this test, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air are both going 40 mph and the vehicles collide offset, driver side to driver side. This is the same crash configuration represented by the Institute’s 40 mph frontal offset barrier test, which is used to rate the frontal crash performance of new cars.

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Blaine Bullman September 25, 2009

The 1959 Chevy just crumbled like cardboard. It’s good thing cars have got safer.

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