SUVs don't offer expected protection in side crashes

10/11/2007 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave low scores in side-impact tests of 2008 versions of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan's Pathfinder and Xterra without optional side air bags. In similar side testing, the Toyota 4Runner and Pathfinder and Xterra models equipped with side air bags garnered top "good" ratings in the side testing. The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer were given the second-highest rating of acceptable.

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