Crash Testing

Old vs New: Part III – Crash Tests

Posted in Best of, Crash Testing, Educational, General, News, Rants & Raves, Videos by MrAngry | January 15th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Crash Tests

Crumple zones, airbags, safety glass, safety restraint systems and crash test dummies. These are all the things that help keep you and your families safe without you even knowing it when you’re driving along blindly to your favorite destination. All of these items though require the infamous crash test to make sure they work in conjunction with each other. Back in the day, the 1930’s and 1940’s, very few automobiles were actually put through the rigors of crash testing. However once the 1950’s hit, everything changed. Pioneers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz helped paved the way for safer automobiles. However, there are those who still think the old stuff is tougher than anything made in the last 40-years. Therefore, the following video is dedicated to them… enjoy.


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Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Earn IIHS ‘Top Safety’ Pick

Posted in Crash Testing, Electric Cars, News, Safety by Kurt Ernst | April 29th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

The 2011 Chevy Volt. Image: © GM Corp.

There’s good news if you thought green cars weren’t as safe as their gasoline counterparts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just finished crash testing the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, and has named both a Top Safety pick. That’s the highest honor given out by the IIHS, and it should go a long way towards easing consumers fears of “new” technology vehicles. Per Joe Nolan, chief administrative officer of the IIHS, “What powers the wheels is different, but the levels of safety for the Volt and Leaf is as high as any of our other top crash test performers.” Read More…

Ridelust Warning: ROAD DEBRIS!

Posted in Best of, Crash Testing, Crashes, Domestic Rides, General, News, Rides, Safety, Videos by MrAngry | April 5th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

Road Debris

There are certain things that you can prepare yourself for when your behind the wheel of an automobile. For example, we’re taught from a young age to look out for other vehicles, pedestrians and to constantly scan the world around us for impending doom. Sometimes though, regardless of how alert you are, things slip through the cracks and when that happens all hell can break loose. Road debris is a major cause of accidents all over the world. One hopes that after spotting debris that suitable emergency maneuvers can be applied to avoid an incident. Sometimes however there is simply nothing that can be done. This video is not only a perfect example of just how fast things can go array, but it also illustrates how, in an instance such as this, it is truly a no-fault occurrence. What you are about to see is a bit shocking so be prepared before you hit play. Click through for the video.
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IIHS Study: Side Crash Ratings Matter

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, General, Safety by Kurt Ernst | January 19th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

The human body is both remarkably durable and remarkably fragile. It’s designed to take quite a bit of abuse, but only in certain directions: belted into a seat, in a modern car equipped with airbags, many frontal and rear impact crashes are survivable. The body can absorb a substantial dorsal or ventral impact, especially if the force is spread over a wide area (as is the case with seat belts and air bags). Cars have energy absorbing crumple zones up front and to the rear, which adds to crash survivability. Side impacts, on the other hand, have the potential of being much more dangerous for many reasons. Read More…

Historic Crash Tests: Prepare for the Carnage.

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, Domestic Rides, Promoted by MrAngry | January 13th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Crash Test

Every day millions of people climb into their automobiles and go about their daily business without a care in the world. They get on the road with millions of other motorists and travel at speeds in excess of 75 mph. Cars today are wonderful machines utilizing safety features that just 40 years ago would have been thought impossible. Anti-lock brakes, crumple zones and enough airbags to turn a car into a big canoli are all measures that have been taken to make sure that you arrive to your destination safe and sound. But what about when these devices weren’t available, what were cars like then. Well, for those of you born after 1980, lets just say that they were actually pretty frightening. Sure, size did matter to an extent, but for the most part the cars of yesteryear are considered to be rolling deathtraps by today’s standards. Click play on the below videos to see what I mean, just be prepared for some graphic images.

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2011 Ford Explorer Earns IIHS Safety Award

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, Ford, New Cars, Safety by Kurt Ernst | December 22nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The 2011 Explorer undergoing IIHS crash testing. Photo: Ford Motor Company

The new 2011 Ford Explorer is just beginning to hit dealer showrooms, and the all-new-from-the-ground-up SUV is already beginning to collect awards. This time, it’s the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” award, given to vehicles that earn a “good” rating in offset frontal crashes, side impacts, rear impacts and roof strength testing. Top Safety Pick vehicles must also have electronic stability control.

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Yacht Surfing – It’s the newest thing…

Posted in Crash Testing, Crashes, Death Wish, Funny by MrAngry | December 16th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

By creating the new sport of Yacht Surfing, Frank was convinced that he was now on the correct path to fame and fortune.


Proof positive that big iron is indeed, big iron.

Posted in Crash Testing, Crashes, Death Wish, FAIL, Videos by MrAngry | December 14th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

There are some jobs in this world that I simply have no desire to try out. Heart surgeon is one, and the other is a big crane operator. It seems that every time I see one of these things they’re either falling down, toppling over, or inflicting damage on some sort of expensive structure. Now I know that we need these things, but lets face it, this has to be one of the most dangerous jobs out there. This particular incident took place in Auckland, New Zealand and occurred when this 200 tonne crane attempted to lift a new piece of bridge structure into place. Apparently the crane was placed on a platform that was specifically designed to handle its immense weight, but rains from the previous evening apparently weakened the underlying embankment thus causing it to give way. Watching the ground let loose under the cranes immense weight is pretty scary, especially when you consider that there is an operator strapped inside.


The Heroic Days of Motor Racing 1902-1951.

Posted in Crash Testing, Crashes, Formula 1, General, Grand Prix, Horsepower, Old Cars, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally, RallyCross, Safety, Track Events, Videos by MrAngry | December 6th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Automobiles are safer now than in any other time in history. Built in roll cages, crash boxes and crumple zones as well as airbags and all manner of safety restraint systems are in place to keep occupants safe from harm. In the early days speed ruled the roost and driver safety was more of an afterthought than anything else. Racers would run flat-out at speeds upwards of 100 mph in some of the most archaic machines ever made, all in the quest for victory. There were no seat belts, fire retardant suits or helmets for drivers to wear and because of this being a race car driver was one of the most lethal sporting events one could partake in. The above video shows us just how the pioneers of motor sports won, lost and sometimes even died. Be warned, some of the images are graphic, but once you see them I think you’ll be amazed at how far we’ve come in terms of the technological advancements that have been made to the automobile over the last 100 years.


How GM’s new Smart Dummies help save lives.

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, GM, GMC, Newsworthy, Safety, Videos by MrAngry | December 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

GM has been using crash test dummies for more than 35 years and with each new variation of dummy created, our cars become safer and safer. The newest of GM’s dummies are being utilized at GM’s Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) lab in Detroit, MI and when you hear about the amount of technology in these guys I have no doubt that you’ll be properly amazed. You see each new dummy is equipped with 70-80 sensors each, which in turn transmits crash data at the rate of 10,000 times per second back to GM’s safety systems. The data collected tells GM engineers exactly what kind of punishment that the dummies endured during the collision tests, which in turn helps them design and build safer automobiles.
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