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01-25-2007, 03:22 AM #1
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Tahoe 2001/2002 Crash test...
I am just about to buy a Chevy Tahoe 2001 model, registered first time in November 2000.
What is a big concern here is that I have come across the NHTSA (NCAP) crash test results, which are very poor considering 2001 standards.
3 stars plus a comprimising safety concern that says:
"Safety Concern:A high femur reading was recorded for the driver dummy during the frontal impact test due to dummy contact with the vehicle instrument panel. High femur readings, in excess of 2250 lb-f, have a higher likelihood of femur fracture"
Are there any knowledge of this being fixed ? (did not yet receive reply from GM/chevrolet) or any other knowledge of these things ??
This topic is also for the 2002 model.
I would really like being a Tahoe owner (has a GMC safari now) but 3 stars with serious remarks is simply too low.
Thanks for any info or opinions
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01-25-2007, 07:34 AM #2
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I remember when they started to do these tests, GM and other manufacturers protested against the way that the tests were being conducted. They were being done different ways for different vehicles. Some were head-on, some were head-on with an object that hit 1/2 of the front bumper, etc. This particular case was the front end
Also, new standards (higher) for safety were introduced. The result was heavier vehicles that used more fuel! I thin that a lot of manufacturers from this era got similar scores and they started designing vehicles to fit the tests, even if they didn't seem to be real-world.
Bottom line, I own a 2002 Trailblazer, have owned cars from the late 90's, etc. Feel totally safe in them. If you notice the 2 star rollover rating ... it's just the type of vehicle that it is.
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09-04-2009, 12:42 AM #3
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I know this is on old thread, but for future readers, from NHTSA website:
"Vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 miles per hour (mph), which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph. Since the rating reflects a crash between two similar vehicles, make sure you compare vehicles from the same weight class, plus or minus 250 lbs., when looking at frontal crash star ratings."
So really the rating is only low if you hit another large SUV or a reinforced cement wall. You're definitely safer in a large SUV in most accidents than a smaller vehicle, even if the small vehicle is rated higher.
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