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Honda Odyssey is first minivan to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan earns the Institute’s top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. The Odyssey is the first minivan IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap front test. Honda requested the test to highlight structural changes the automaker made to the 2014 model to improve occupant protection in a small overlap front crash.


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New web video highlights underride testing program

Underride guards are steel bars that hang from the backs of semitrailers to keep smaller vehicles from sliding underneath in a crash. When they don’t work, the consequences can be deadly.

A new web video shows how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put underride guards to the test by crashing a midsize car into semitrailers from the eight biggest manufacturers. “Inside IIHS: Understanding underride” explains that IIHS embarked on this program after researchers found that underride crashes continued to kill people in passenger vehicles despite big improvements in crash protection. That’s because a passenger vehicle’s structure and airbags can’t do their job when underride occurs. The video shows how the tests were conducted and explains the results, which demonstrated that most trailers still need better guards.

The video is available on the IIHS YouTube channel and is part of the “Inside IIHS” series. Previous installments have focused on other IIHS tests, crash test dummies, the propulsion system used to power crash tests and the Institute’s booster seat rating program.

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Redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, a small SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear crash evaluations.

Mitsubishi redesigned the Outlander for 2014. The new model is only 1 of 2 small SUVs to earn a good rating in the small overlap front test. The other is the 2014 Subaru Forester. In addition to designing the new Outlander to do well in the small overlap front test, Mitsubishi improved rollover protection in the SUV to earn a good rating for roof strength. The 2014 model’s roof withstood a force equal to nearly 5 times the SUV’s weight. The previous generation Outlander earned an acceptable rating for roof strength.

The 2013 model Outlander Sport earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation earlier this year.

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Performance in small overlap front test earns 6 small cars good or acceptable ratings and Top Safety Pick+ award

The latest small overlap front crash test results from the Institute reveal a range of performance among many of the best-selling small cars in the U.S. Of the 12 models evaluated, half earn a good or acceptable rating and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.


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Status Report: Vol. 48, No. 6

Small overlap challenge: New crash test taxes small car restraints, structure

Small overlap front crashes aren’t just a U.S. issue, German study finds

Ford F-250 has highest theft rate of any 2010-12 models

Speed camera enforcement cuts fatality rate 10 percent in France


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Ford F-250 has highest theft rate of any 2010-12 vehicle; Cadillac Escalade drops to 6th on list after years on top

The Ford F-250 has the highest rate of insurance claims for theft of any 2010-12 vehicle. The pickup replaces the Cadillac Escalade, which has fallen to No. 6 on HLDI’s list, after years at the top.


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Toyota RAV4 earns poor rating in small overlap front crash test

The Toyota RAV4 earns a poor rating for protecting people in small overlap front crashes. The small SUV was redesigned for the 2013 model year, but the changes weren’t enough to lift the RAV4’s performance in the Institute’s challenging test. A combination of poor structure and inadequate control of the dummy’s movement prevented the RAV4 from earning a better rating.


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Bud Clary Body Shop & Collision Center Welcome Post

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This is our first blog post for our new website for Bud Clary Chevrolet Body Shop. We would like to thank all of our past customers and present customers as well. It is a joy to do business here in the city of Longview Washington. We also serve our automotive body repair and paint customers that live and work in Vancouver WA as well as St Helens and Ranier Oregon just across the columbia river from us. We love to see customers walk away from our store with a look of relief and a smile on their face after going through and emotional situation with an accident.

If it is simply just getting your car painted so it will look new again, then we are the best auto paint shop in Longview with the finest in automotive paint in the industry, worldwide.

Take a look around our website and if you do not find the information you are looking for, please give us a call or email us and we will do our best to get you the answers your looking for.

 

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