Americans named 40 models with bad headlightsAugust 7, 2018
Forty models, tested by the United States Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS), failed to obtain one of the Top Safety Pick safety assessments due to inadequate head optics. As the Autoblog publication notes, it was only this year that the performance of headlights was evaluated in the rating, so many manufacturers lost last year’s highest evaluation.
During the tests, IIHS experts check the effective range and brightness of the headlamps, the distribution of the light beam, the operation of the adaptive headlights and the automatic headlights. The final result is influenced by all these indicators. To obtain the Top Safety Pick rating, the head optics should be rated at least as high as the “Acceptable” result. It is noted that the models on the list, despite weak optics, received five stars in crash tests.
Among the cars that received an unsatisfactory rating are Audi A4 Allroad, A5, A6, Q5, Q7, BMW X1, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60, Jeep Compass, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, Mini Countryman, Nissan Murano, Toyota C- HR, Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Tiguan and Volvo XC90. The remaining models in the IIHS list are sold only in the US market.
The United States Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) began testing in 2016. In March 2016, the organization checked the lighting equipment of 31 models (of which only one car received the highest score), in July 21 crossovers were tested, and in October – 11 pickups. Most cars in all tests showed unsatisfactory results.
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