After receiving poor scores in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small-overlap crash test, Toyota is working to introduce quick fixes for many of its volume models.
Back in December, both the 2013 Toyota Camry and 2013 Prius V were rated at the lowest possible level by the IIHS, while the 2013 Toyota RAV4 followed suit in July. “We are now implementing some design countermeasures to improve our small overlap results,” said Osamu Nagata, CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.
Nagata confirmed that changes are coming to the RAV4, but would not comment directly on which other vehicles would get the updates. “Each vehicle has its own countermeasure schedule,” Nagata said. “As soon as designs are ready and parts are fixed, we’ll have running changes for any vehicle, not only the RAV4.” Structural parts will be strengthened in the affected vehicles.
The small overlap crash test consists of running 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end into a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
[Source: Automotive News]
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