Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2004 09:44:21 -0700
From: "Hal Whelply" <whelplynospamnet>
Subject: Re: Which one of these cars are the safest, and which one shouldI get?


I'm surprised at the mention of Toyota. The Camry, at least a couple years ago (perhaps they've fixed it) had only "2 stars" on side impact. But the larger omission is Subaru. My '04 Forester is "5-stars" front and side. Weighs 3,300 lbs., so it's in the same weight class as Camry/Accord/S60 Volvo. Further, the new '05 Subaru Legacy/Outback received the highest crash ratings ever from the Australian New Car Assessment Programme. See http://www.carpages.co.uk/subaru/subaru_five_star_crash_test_award_for_new_legacy_20_04_04.asp. HW "Johannes H Andersen" <"johs"nospamfitter_spam _gets_fried.com> wrote in message news:nFRAc.17$C63.7nospamfe2-win... > > > Half a Bee wrote: > > > > I won't totally disagree, but hold on a second... > > > > > Forget the Volvo; Volvo's reputation for crash safety is overblown, > > > > I don't think "overblown" is quite fair. If I'm going to have an > > horriffic smash (y'know, where an SUV crosses the highway and hits the > > front corner of my car at 220kmh closing speed, sending me into a spin > > across 2 lanes of traffic and a rollover into a ditch) , I know what > > cars I'd like to be in: Volvo, Mercedes, BMW, Saab and at a pinch, > > Toyota. Minor accidents around town - it probably doesn't matter much. > > Older Volvos are probably no better than new Toyotas, because other > > manufacturers tend to follow with near-identical safety systems > > (Toyota's "Safe-T-Cell" for example) but comparing present model with > > present model, Volvo wins. But the gap between Volvo and "common" cars > > is shrinking. The gap between Volvo and the German cars is quite small. > > I drive up and down a stretch of motorway every day. Accidents is an > incredible common occurrence. In one particular week I was queuing in > the morning AND in the evening every day to get past accidents. On > some days I had to find alternative routes, i.e. the motorway became > unusable for it's purpose at shifting traffic. Accidents are more > survivable these days as cars are much better, in most cases you just > get crumbled cars but inevitably large upsets in people's lives. I've > seen people standing on the hard shoulder crying! It just makes me > wonder how and why it happens, and why so regularly?

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