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Small car purchases up, so are risks factors in crashes

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EDMOND, Okla. – Drive a small car? The sales are spiking but so are the risk factors.

New crash tests just released found some small cars are struggling with a new type of frontal crash test.

This is the first time small cars has been subjected to this type of trial, the “small overlap front crash test.”

It mimics what happens when the front corner of a car hits another vehicle, a tree or telephone pole.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found both two-door and four-door Honda Civics are the best performers among small cars. Crash test small car

The Nissan Sentra, KIA Soul and Kia Forte performed poorly because the crash test dummies’ heads struck the windshield pillar and/or the instrument panel.

Both Nissan and Kia did issue statements to NBC standing by the safety of their cars and said they would further evaluate the results of the insurance institute’s new test.

Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte noted significant improvements made this year and into 2014 vehicles which have been validated by insurance institutes and by the National Highway Traffic Administration.