Crash tests on seven 1988 subcompact cars show drivers of the Dodge Colt have the highest likelihood of head injury, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.
The Colt 4-door station wagon produced a head-injury rating of 1,354 on the driver side, the agency said Monday in releasing test results for 10 vehicles.The previous high among subcompacts tested this year was the Nissan Pulsar NX 2-door hatchback, which produced a head-injury rating of 1,134 for drivers.
The head-injury rating, based on data recorded by instrumented dummies during a 35 mph frontal collision into a fixed barrier, shows the likelihood of injury to the brain.
So far this year 25 vehicles have been crash tested.
NHTSA said the tests do not result in pass or fail scores, but "provide comparative data for consumers to use in their purchasing decisions when comparing vehicles of similar size and weight."
The dummies were wearing seat belts during the test crashes.
NHTSA said new tests for two other subcompacts found the Honda Civic DX 2-door hatchback produced a head-injury criterion of 787, and the Daihatsu Charade 2-door hatchback, 768.
Other new tests and the resulting driver head-injury criteria were:
Compact cars: Acura Legend LS 4-door, 435; and Nissan Sentra 4-door station wagon, 1,047.
Large and mid-size cars: Oldsmobile Delta 88 4-door, 710; and Volvo 740 GLE 4-door, 519.
Trucks and vans: Dodge D-150 pickup, 685; Mitsubishi Montero 4x4, 1,320; and Nissan NL LEV pickup, 1,528.