Minivans do poorly in new crash tests by the insurance industry

Markets Associated Press

The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test. In each of those tests, the crash caused the minivan's structure to collapse.

The small overlap test is a severe test that replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

The Toyota Sienna earned an "acceptable" rating. The group said its structure was weak but the dummy was protected by its side air bags.

IIHS plans to test one other minivan — the Kia Sedona — in the coming weeks.