That may be you opinion but you are wrong in your assumptions. You have your
facts back ward for one thing. The large the vehicle the more room in which
to design in better crumple zones and thus the safer the vehicle for
properly belted passengers
As a former automotive design engineer for thirty years, that designed
crumple zones for over fifteen years, I can assure you in any similar
accident where two like vehicles collide head on, the larger the vehicle the
more likely properly belted passengers will sustain fewer injuries and
deaths. One can not defy the laws of physics.
Frontal barrier crash tests approximate what would happen if two
identical vehicles traveling at the test speed were to crash head-on .
Most newer vehicles do very well in such tests, but ten or twenty
years ago, that wasn't so. (Was that when you were designing crumple
zones, Mike?) At that time, it was not uncommon for a small car to
outperform a larger vehicle (and especially light trucks) in those
So, engineer Mike, which of these vehicles has a more effective crush
zone? Which would you rather be in if you were going to hit an
identical vehicle head on?
Bonus question: Which of these vehicles is more likely to get in an
accident in the first place?
Let me put it to you this way to make it simple so that you may understand.
Properly belted passengers, in five star rated larger vehicles, will have a
far greater change of surviving a head-on collision between two like
vehicles, than properly belted passengers, in two like five star rated
smaller vehicles, in a similar crash, period. The reason being the
difference in the effect of the terminal speed of the third collision, when
one organs strikes ones skeleton.
I told you the facts, I do not intend to argue the point, or to teach a
school on the subject.
I could not care less whether you chose to believe that basic principle of
physics, or not.
As for me personally I will not subject myself or my family to the prospect
of dieing in a small car, to save a relative few dollars a year on fuel,
when I can afford to buy larger safer vehicles and the fuel to run them.
You may chose to do differently, but that is your choice ;)
So you have modified your original claim to specify that the larger
vehicle has a 5-star rating. However, you are now stuck with arguing
that a pound of lead weighs more than a pound of feathers.
Sorry, Mike, the star rating is based on the acceleration experienced
by the dummy's head and chest during the crash. Are you now going to
argue that even though the head experienced the same acceleration, the
brain felt a bigger impact?
Since you don't have time for the full lecture, maybe you could just
answer a few yes or no questions.
You don't have time to argue or teach or even to properly bottom-post
your reply, but I notice you did find time to snip my citations. Let
me post them back in for you.
Let me also quote your original claim.
Does a barrier impact test measure the effectiveness of a vehicle
crumple zone, yes or no?
Does a barrier impact approximate the effect of two identical cars
colliding head-on, yes or no?
Does the acceleration experienced by head and chest during a collision
correlate with likely severity of injury, yes or no?
Is the Chevy Avalanche larger than the Honda Fit, yes or no?
Did the Chevy have higher chest and head values than the Honda in the
crash test, yes or no?
Was the NHTSA test governed by the laws of physics, yes or no?
Is your original statement (above) false, yes or no?
At your age Mike, the safest thing would be to let someone else drive.
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