Originally Posted by PAMidge
The true disappointing thing is that although these tests are standard, they aren't real accurate representations of real-life crashes.
People don't just barrel into something at 40mph. They hit the brake. That totally changes the forces, angles and dynamics of how the occupants are positioned and moving.
If they want to hit the barrier at 40mph that's fine, but start at 60 and hit the brakes so that it's going 40 when it hits the barrier, then you can see that the occupant may already be leaning slightly forward and see if the dip in the front end plays a significant role in the forces on the vehicle.
If the impact is at 40mph, regardless of braking from 60 or not wouldn't the level of intrusion/deformity be the same?