June 23, 2016|Volume 51, Number 6

Cover story

Small overlap gap Vehicles with good driver protection may leave passengers at risk

Vehicles that provide good protection for drivers in small overlap crashes don’t always offer the same protection to front-seat passengers, a new IIHS study shows.


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