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Saturn's safety ???

November’91 Consumer Reports reported the 1991 Saturn did poorly
on the government’s crash tests. (I think) The driver and passenger
were reported as seriously injured.

Did the ’92 Saturn fair better? Any other comments on
Saturn’s safety as compared to other small cars.

-Jeff Dieringer
 (708) 713-4150
 j…@ihlpo.ih.att.com

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2 Responses to “Saturn's safety ???”

  1. admin says:

    ched…@cbnewse.cb.att.com (jeffrey.a.dieringer) writes:
    >November’91 Consumer Reports reported the 1991 Saturn did poorly
    >on the government’s crash tests. (I think) The driver and passenger
    >were reported as seriously injured.
    >Did the ’92 Saturn fair better? Any other comments on
    >Saturn’s safety as compared to other small cars.

    This report wasn’t entirely correct, and Consumer Reports later admited
    to their faults in the testing of the Saturn.

    The Saturn was one of the first cars to be tested with the new crash
    test dumbies.  The new dumbies were designed to more accurately reflect
    injuries in crashes to the head and neck.  Whereas, the old dumbies did
    not show as high injuries.  HOWEVER, since Consumer Reports had previously
    tested their cars with the old crash test dumbies,  the Saturn looks as
    if it does poorly in crashes.

    Since you seem to read Consumer Reports and didn’t know this, I would say
    that CONSUMER REPORTS IS DOING A VERY POOR JOB IN ADMITING TO THEIR MISTAKES.
    This is irresponsible and is one reason I don’t base my justments too
    heavily on Consumer Reports.

    By the way I have found several Errors in their long term reliability
    tests.  so I also don’t put much weight in their tests.
    For example, the Chevy Impalla, a not reliable by their standards.  It is
    in the Canadian Automotive Associations list of the top 10 used cars to buy
    since they are very reliable.


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  2. admin says:

    In article <1992Jan10.152600.12…@cbnewse.cb.att.com> ched…@cbnewse.cb.att.com (jeffrey.a.dieringer) writes:

    >November’91 Consumer Reports reported the 1991 Saturn did poorly
    >on the government’s crash tests. (I think) The driver and passenger
    >were reported as seriously injured.
    >Did the ’92 Saturn fair better? Any other comments on
    >Saturn’s safety as compared to other small cars.
    >-Jeff Dieringer
    > (708) 713-4150
    > j…@ihlpo.ih.att.com

    Consumer Reports is supposed to do their own testing.  The government
    admitted to performing the Saturn Crash tests poorly.  As a result,
    there is no accurate test to rely upon unless someone tried after the original
    govenment tests.

    Leland Kornhaus

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