Patt Morrison for August 15, 2012

Fancy cars score crash test fail

President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Joach

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President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Joachim Schmidt (L) and Managing Director and CEO, Daimler-Chrysler India, Wilfried Aulbur (R) pose with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class car during the launch at the 9th International Auto Expo in New Delhi, 09 January 2008.

Some classic luxury brand names are flunking a new crash test. BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus received poor marks on a new type of safety test, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Only three out of eleven 2012 luxury brand models tested passed the test, which is designed to simulate an off-center, head-on collision with an object such as a pole or a tree. Some experts think that if luxury cars perform poorly, the more modestly priced models are also likely to suffer from bad results.

Is your high-end car not the safety investment you thought it was when you signed on the dotted line?

WEIGH IN:

With over 10,000 reported deaths from head-on collisions each year, does this new test expose a safety flaw in cars that could ultimately result in thousands of lives saved?

Guest:

Jonathan Welsh, reporter, Driver’s Seat blog, Wall Street Journal


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