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(KSL News) -- The latest automobile crash tests prove once again: Side air bags can make a difference.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the re-designed Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon its top rating in side crash tests. The Ford 500 rates "good" with side airbags, but rates "poor" without them.
The institute tested eight large family vehicles, and those without side airbags all received a poor rating.
The Institute tested eight large family cars.
- CHEVROLET IMPALA: GOOD
- TOYOTA AVALON: GOOD
- BUICK LUCERNE: ACCEPTABLE
- HYUNDAI AZERA: ACCEPTABLE
- BUICK LACROSSE: MARGINAL
- CHRYSLER 300 (WITH OPTIONAL SIDE AIR BAGS): MARGINAL
- CHRYSLER 300 (WITHOUT OPTIONAL SIDE AIR BAGS): POOR
- FORD FIVE HUNDRED (WITH OPTIONAL SIDE AIR BAGS): GOOD/ TOP SAFETY PICK 2006- THIS RATING FROM AN EARLIER TEST
- FORD FIVE HUNDRED (WITHOUT OPTIONAL SIDE AIR BAGS): POOR
- FORD CROWN VICTORIA (WITHOUT OPTIONAL SIDE AIR BAGS): POOR