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Mini Van Driving Moms and Dads everywhere beware!

The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released their safety crash test findings and only one of four mini van style vehicles performed in what the IIHS considers acceptable and that vehicle is the 2015 Toyota Sienna.

The crash testing primarily involved what are called “small overlap front crashes” where the vichle is propelled and crashed into a wall that only covers approximately half the width of the vehicle and typically and shows some of the worst possible outcomes for this type of crash. This type of test is intended to duplicate what happens when the front corner of one vehicle collides with another vehicle or a stationery object like a tree or utility pole. More specifically the crash forces bypass the vehicle’s main energy-absorbing structure. These crashes are considered specifically difficult for minivans to handle, because minivan bodies are typically built on car frames but are much wider than car bodies. Resulting in more of the mini van body is located outside the main structure. Minivans also are heavier than cars.

The Nissan Quest, the Chrysler Town & Country and its twin, the Dodge Grand Caravan, all earn poor ratings. The exception to the disappointing pattern is the 2015 Toyota Sienna, which earns an acceptable rating. It joins the Honda Odyssey, which last year earned a good rating in the small overlap crash test, in the ranks of Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent protection in small overlap crashes,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.


So the IIHS is intentionally putting these vehicles in a worse case scenario to obtain the most prudent crash test data and this is especially important information for Moms and Dads who transport children and loved ones in  mini vans.

Even though Toyota beefed up the front structure of the 2015 Toyota Sienna to improve it’s performance in these over lap type crashes that happen in every day life as well as on the IIHS test tracks, check out what happened in the test because it didn’t really fare all that well.

However the Nissan Quest didn’t do so well.

The Nissan Quest receives what the IIHS describes as a deceiving for it’s restraints and kinematics of safety belt structures. This part of the safety rating measures how well the safety belt and airbags work to control the dummy’s movement.

Here are the good and bad for the Quest:

Here are the bad and good for the Chrysler Town & Country:

I don’t see very much good in these test results. Except more than likely there would be little head trauma however it is apparent that there would be  severe lacerations, possible fracture of the femur and or the Tibia (Thigh and Leg) and in all probability loss of limb for Nissan Quest and Chrysler’s Town & Country.

Vehicles with a good or acceptable small overlap rating, along with good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, qualify for the 2014 Top Safety Pick award. Vehicles that meet those criteria and also earn a basic or higher rating for front crash prevention qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The Sienna earns its “plus” on the basis of an advanced front crash prevention rating. Its optional system includes forward collision warning and an automatic braking function that reduced impact speeds by an average of 9 mph in the Institute’s 12 mph test and by 7 mph in the 25 mph test.

In my opinion these crash tests should be critical in decision making when purchasing a mini van type motor vehicle. Remember you can replace your vehicle but you can’t replace your children and loved ones. How much is the cost difference worth for the safety of your loved one’s, especially in Phoenix traffic.

Who else wants to know what you should do following a car accident in Phoenix Arizona

A few important facts from the video:

40% of whiplash patient’s continued to suffer with chronic ongoing pain.

Scar tissue starting to form within 3 days following an accident.

Without proper treatment you could develop arthritis following a car accident.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association the best treatment for whiplash his mobilization and manipulative therapy.

Whiplash is real and is not something just made up by chiropractors and attorneys and you should know whiplash is a serious problem.

Whiplash symptoms can remain hidden for several days months and then show up years later.

Many whiplash victims in Phoenix Arizona have improved significantly with chiropractic care even though they didn’t respond to medication and physical therapy.

The cost of chiropractic treatment following a car accidentis usually covered by a combination of car insuranceand health insurance.

We do not need to have an attorney in order to seek treatment with your chiropractor, however it is wise to hire an attorney so that they can assist you in the ups and downs of the legalities involved with a car accident.

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Car Accidents as well as motorcycle accidents in Phoenix and Scottsdale are very dangerous. The confusion that takes place immediately following an accident can impair anyone’s common snse of judgement. Most people are worried about who caused the accident, who is hurt, what damage did my car suffer and many times car accident victims do not seek proper care following a car accident.

Please be aware that you should seek the care of a medical doctor either at the emergency room or your private medical doctor. Once you know you have no life threatening injuries you should then seek the care of a health care professional who is well versed in spinal mobilization and manipulation of the spine. Phoenix Chiropractor Dr John Quackenbush has over 30 years of clinical experience with these types of whiplash accidents. Dr Quackenbush agrees that you do not need to have an attorney to start your treatment but recommends that you be legally represented as soon as possible. If you have been involved in a car accident you should have an examination to determine if in fact you have underlying injuries that if left untreated will only get worse with time. Also be aware that usually the third and/or the fourth day following an accident are when symptoms will typically get worse and them seem to decrease over the next 3-4 weeks and this maybe accepted by most car accident victimms that they have healed and that can be dangerous as the underlying injuries may never be treated until it is too late.

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