Two key Toyota models, the flagship Camry sedan and the Prius v wagon, failed an important new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance industry group.
Honda's newly redesigned Accord tied for the top safety rating with the Suzuki Kizashi, a car that will soon no longer be sold in the United States. The redesigned Ford Fusion also scored well.
The results raise concerns that the Toyota models can't provide protection from serious injuries in common accidents. The automaker's new Prius v, a wagon version of the popular hybrid, scored last among 18 cars tested, with "poor" ratings in five of seven categories. The Camry -- America's bestselling passenger car -- scored next to last.
-- By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
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