Challenger crash test; Not Good

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  1. Jungle Cat

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    I saw a report on one of the national news networks that the feds(or insurance?) had tested the so called three new musclecars in crash tests. They put the emphasis on the offset front crash that they always show. The Mustang did good and the Camaro not so good. Apparently the Challenger did the worst. I have not looked into this anymore and I am sure the news was putting their usual lefty spin on everything and we're trying to influence everyone to buy a Prius. Ya right! Anyone else see this? Moral off the story is just don't hit anything.
     
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    CubeMan Tri-State Overlord

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    No lefty spin, The car is garbage in frontal impacts.

    The Dodge Challenger struggled in the small overlap test. Extensive occupant compartment intrusion limited survival space for the driver.

    The footwell deformed around the dummy's left foot, and technicians had to unbolt the dummy's leg to free it from the wreckage.



    Muscle cars fall short of safety awards
     
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    Don't crash...
     
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    You could always buy a Renault KWID, which scored zero. :D

     
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    I'm putting a helmet on and staying in the basement.... :)
     
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    I hope they don't have to unbolt the foot of this dummy.
     
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    Don't forget your tin foil hat.
     
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    Challenger and Charger both had same issue. Small overlap test ... the front wheel stays in place and is driven back into the driver's compartment. Those that did better the front wheel tends to break away from vehicle and is not driven rearward.

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    Small overlap test is impact with < 25% of front end hitting flat stationary object. Car is going straight and wheels are point straight in line with wheel well. Clearly design has not been updated to address this scenario. The failure is in the impact to the passenger compartment. For the rest of the tests both Challenger and Charger did well.


    Moral of the testing:
    - First off avoid hitting anything.
    - Secondly, if your going to hit anything, don't have your wheels pointed straight ahead which makes perfect sense as you should be trying to avoid hitting things in the first place (steering away from trouble, not directly into it)
    - Thirdly, if you are in a spot that you can avoid something, take it on fully.
     
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    Maybe they should replace parts with cheaper Chinese metal that will break away? Anyway I have driven old cars for years without a second thought and contrary to popular belief they do worse in crashes than new cars.
     
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    I did some more checking on this. The Challenger did good in the moderate overlap front and side crash tests but only was acceptable in roof strength. Most of this they attribute to the Challenger being the oldest of the three tested. It could be worse I guess. It could be one of those goofy clown like smart cars.
     
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    Somewhat ironic given they need to be put on a diet...
     
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    I know from personal experience they do great with a rear end impact.:(
     
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    Fine. I am only driving in reverse from now on
     
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    This week, I'm with some of the IIHS staff which conducted the testing. Their takeaway was that it is largely due to the old design of the Challenger compared to the Mustang and Camaro. FWIW, they enjoyed the Challenger the most before crashing it! They really didn't want to wreck the car.
     
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    I don't think that they tested a Hellcat, did they?
    Also, the supercharger should add more protection, I am thinking. Plus the ratings were "acceptable". Good enough for govrnm't work I say!;)
     
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