DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — New safety crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show rear-seat passengers in minivans are more likely to be injured than individuals in front seats.
The IIHS tested four popular mini vans in moderate overlap front crash tests: the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Kia Carnival. The Kia, Toyota and Chrysler only scored marginal ratings. The worst performer when it comes to rear-seat passenger safety is the Honda Odyssey which was given a poor rating.
In the case of the Sienna the passenger dummy submarined under the lap belt which would indicate a potential stomach injury while the shoulder belt slipped off the shoulder and went up to the neck area.
While in the Chrysler Pacifica the side curtain airbag failed to deploy.
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