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Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 17, 2017 03:11PM
' it’s sometimes hard to see real concrete evidence of that fact unless you’ve been in a serious accident yourself — or, even better, an accident in both the 1990s and another one today. Thankfully, this fantastic video showcasing a crash between a 1998 Toyota Corolla and a 2015 Corolla makes the safety advances in car technology abundantly clear, without you needing to risk your own neck. '

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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 17, 2017 03:25PM
If this stat is even close in the USA, pretty amazing

The video sprinkles a few car accident statistics along the way, including the fact that more than 50% of deaths that occur on New Zealand roads, happen in vehicles built before the year 2000.



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 17, 2017 03:26PM
Amazing difference.

I still have a hard time considering a 98 to be that old, but it is going on 20 years. I guess that is age denial.

I was in a 40mph head-on crash in 1979 between my 77 Corolla and a land yacht of the time (can't recall what the other car was exactly). that I walked away is something I marvel at today.



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 17, 2017 03:28PM
"I still have a hard time considering a 98 to be that old"

I had that reaction too.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 17, 2017 03:43PM
In the ANCAP test, the 1998 car didn't have an airbag. I guess Australia didn't require airbags back then, or are they predicting an airbag that old won't work?



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 17, 2017 04:11PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
In the ANCAP test, the 1998 car didn't have an airbag. I guess Australia didn't require airbags back then, or are they predicting an airbag that old won't work?

I too am surprised by the lack of an airbag. Our 1992 Volvo has a driver side airbag, and a 1996 Nissan Sentra that I once owned had driver and passenger air bags, and I experienced them deploying in 1997.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 17, 2017 04:11PM
My mum's last car was a 1990's something Corolla. Thankfully she stopped driving in early 2002, otherwise she likely could have ended up like the loser in that video (though hers did have an airbag). Amazing how much progress they seem to have made in terms of driver safety, at least from a manufacturing POV. Now, if we could just get lousy drivers off the road, driving would be even that much safer still.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Z
Date: May 17, 2017 04:25PM
So you're saying my 1966 Volvo might not be the safest car on the road?



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 17, 2017 05:32PM
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Z
So you're saying my 1966 Volvo might not be the safest car on the road?


Have you replaced the seatbelt webbing in the last 20 years?



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: lost in space
Date: May 17, 2017 07:02PM
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Ombligo
. . . .I guess that is age denial. . . .

no it isn't



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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Z
Date: May 17, 2017 07:49PM
I haven't owned it for 20 years, so no. ;)
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: May 17, 2017 08:13PM
We've gone through this ebb and flow of car design. The cars used to be built to withstand an impact. Then they were built to absorb an impact. Back then, if you hit an older car, you were toast. As older cars went away, the newer crash absorbent cars did better as they were hitting each other. They were lighter weight and that helped.

Now we're on to larger, heavier cars again, with the cabin holding its shape better than cars from the 80's and 90's. And with those cars hitting the older ones, the older cars just can't hold up.

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If this stat is even close in the USA, pretty amazing

The video sprinkles a few car accident statistics along the way, including the fact that more than 50% of deaths that occur on New Zealand roads, happen in vehicles built before the year 2000.

I'd love to see stats on what % of cars on the road were made before 2000. As it is, that stat tells us nothing.




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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 18, 2017 03:23AM
"larger, heavier cars"

Good point, apparently the 2015 Corolla is about 400 lbs heavier.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 18, 2017 10:48AM
chilling video of the driver hitting the steering wheel in the 98 model.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 18, 2017 11:58AM
Yeah, I actually made an audible comment to no one when I watched that footage.
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Re: Head to head crash: 1998 Corolla is flattened by the 2015 model
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: May 18, 2017 12:22PM
1997 Subie is our oldest vehicle, with both driver & passenger airbags.

If those ever deployed, even in the most minor accident, it's heading straight to the junkyard.

They're too expensive to replace on something that old.
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