1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Crash Test!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) puts together crash tests every year to determine which vehicles are deemed the safest to drive. These cars are awarded safety awards by certain criteria and to win such an award is a very important and special thing for an automaker. I happened to come across a video from IIHS of a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and I wanted to share it with you. What this video shows is that automakers are putting extra time, thought and energy into the new cars that they are building. You should not be surprised to see that the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has a much smaller amount of damage compared to the 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. Check out the video below and see what the IIHS had to say about this very special test.

IIHS 50th anniversary demonstration test • September 9, 2009
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.

“It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “What this test shows is that automakers don’t build cars like they used to. They build them better.”

The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute’s 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to “conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents.”

More information at http://www.iihs.org/50th/default.html