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Honda Element receives "good" bumper ratings in IIHS test
 Date: March 18, 2003 23:15
 Submitted by:  dydx
 Source: www.hwysafety.org/news_releases/2003/pr031803.htm
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"It's a stark contrast between the two small SUVs," Lund notes. "Both the Element and the Outlander are brand new designs. There was an opportunity for both Mitsubishi and Honda to put a priority on the bumper designs so the owners of these vehicles wouldn't be hit with big repair bills after minor impacts. Honda did so, and it also built in aspects of the bumper intended to protect pedestrians. Mitsubishi didn't pay any attention to damage resistance in designing the bumpers on the Outlander, so owners are going to be spending a lot of money for repairs."

But the Acura RL, along with the other luxury cars tested, receives a 'poor' rating. Interesting about the Volvo XC90, too. They reinforce the the roof with boron steel to save passengers in the even of a rollover, but they can't design bumpers that work.

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