Safety ratings released for small SUVs


(NBC News) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released safety ratings Wednesday, evaluating how occupants are protected in the event of a crash.

 The results: side curtain airbags failed to deploy in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Ford Escape.

 Those models did not perform well in the passenger-side small overlap crash test, which was introduced in 2017. 

 The new test mimics what happens if the corner of a vehicle collides with an object, such as a tree or another car. 

 Overall, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received a “marginal” rating and the Ford Escape received a “poor” rating.

 The other five SUVs received a rating of “good” on the test.

 They include the BMW X1, the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Jeep Compass, the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain. 

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