Nissan Statement on Crash Test Results

Nissan has released a statement after one of its minivans performed poorly in a crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Nissan Quest, the Chrysler Town & Country and its twin, and the Dodge Grand Caravan all earned poor ratings for protection in small overlap front crashes.

The crash test replicated what would happen if the vehicle's front corner collided with another vehicle or object.  The IIHS says this kind of crash is difficult for minivans to handle because of their size and how they're made.

During the test, the crash test dummy in the Quest was "held in place by the intruding structure, and the air bag was shoved in its face," the IIHS says.

In response to the findings, Nissan released this statement:

"Nissan is committed to vehicle safety and believes that consumers should have information about crash protection so they can make educated buying decisions. Nissan is proud of the 2014 Quest’s 'good' rating in the IIHS front moderate overlap and side impact tests as well as a 'good' head restraint rating.

"As for the performance of the 2014 Quest in the ‘small overlap frontal test,’ Nissan will continue to review these and other results from IIHS testing as we seek opportunities for improvements."

The 2015 Toyota Sienna was the only model to earn an acceptable rating in this recent round of small overlap front crash testing.

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