Surprisingly, Consumer Reports recently dropped its recommendation of four very popular vehicles sold in the U.S. The four vehicles that are no longer recommended by Consumer Reports are the Audi A4, the Toyota Camry, the Prius V and the RAV4. The organization dropped its recommendation after the results of a new crash test were released.
The crash test was introduced in 2012, and was designed to replicate what happens in an accident when only the front corner of a vehicle hits an object. This is what happens in about 25 percent of frontal collisions that involve serious injury or death to front-seat occupants.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested over 60 cars and SUVs using the new test, and only 11 vehicles earned a good rating in the new test. Fifteen rated poor, including the Audi A4, Camry, Prius V and RAV4, so they were removed from Consumer Reports' list of recommended vehicles. The organization recommends that those vehicles' designs be changed in order to insure the safety of a vehicle's occupants in the event of that type of crash. According to experts, manufacturers are aggressively working to change vehicle designs to improve performance in the test.
By law, automakers have a duty to manufacture safe cars for consumers. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for injuries that occur as a result of those safety defects. According to this new information, some vehicles are not designed correctly so as to avoid serious damage when the front corner of a vehicle hits an object.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, and you believe it was due to a safety defect with the vehicle, you should consult an attorney for advice on how to pursue a claim against the automaker. Contact our Houston personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.