Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Understanding Even More Car Crashes

I posted a lesson to accompany the IIHS "classic", Understanding Car Crashes a few years ago. If that post doesn't ring a bell, click here. Links to the video and lesson can be found in that original post.

A related story percolated up through my social media feed a few days ago. National Public Radio's Goats and Soda produced a story about the Latin New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). NCAP ran a crash test that pitted entry level Nissan vehicles against each other: The American Versa vs. the Mexican Tsura.

Crash Test Dummies Show The Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

Here's the video:

2015 Nissan Tsura vs. 2016 Nissan Versa

[Executive summary: The American passenger fares much better than Mexican passenger.]

When news of the test went public, Nissan announced that Nissan Mexico would discontinue sales of the Tsura in a few months.

It could be that the timing of Nissan's announcement coinciding with NCAP's test was... coincidental. That is a real possibility.

On a tangentially related oldie-but-goodie, some folks think cars from yesteryear were tanks that would decimate today's light-weight counterparts. An instuctive crash test pits a 2009 Impala against a 1959 Bel Air. Watch the video to see how that one turned out.

2009 Chevrolet Impala vs. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

If you're a classic car enthusiast, drive carefully!

The lesson I constructed includes an exercise in which students look up the IIHS safety test of the car they drive (or are commonly driven in).

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