The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the 2015 Nissan Sentra received the 2015 Top Safety Pick, its highest vehicle safety rating.
The crash test implemented by the IIHS come with 64km/h, 50km/h, and 32km/h for frontal offset, side, and rear impact respectively. To determine the car’s crashworthiness, vehicles are rated good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on the level of injury that the crash-test dummy receives in the test.
The IIHS also performs a test to check for whiplash resulting from rear-end collisions, and roof strength test for rollover situations. The 2015 Sentra underwent the newest test called the Small Overlap Frontal crash test. In this test, 25 percent of the vehicle, mainly on the driver’s side, will collide with the barrier .
The Small Overlap Frontal crash test is an additional test to simulate an actual car crash for situations like incoming cars straying past the center line. The crash force is applied to the exterior rather than the mainframe of the car. Hence, many cars get low ratings. The IIHS gives the Top Safety Pick rating, its highest vehicle safety rating, to cars that receive a good rating out of the overall evaluation.
There was minimal injury to the dummy’s head/neck, chest, thighs, and feet after it went through the Small Overlap test, earning the 2015 Sentra a good rating. The car’s structural safety also received a good rating. IIHS commented that the driver’s survival space was maintained well.
Based on the results of the usual crash tests and the Small Overlap test, the 2015 Sentra received a good rating in the overall evaluation. Therefore, the IIHS awarded the Sentra the 2015 Top Safety Pick rating.
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)