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IISH: Over Half Midsize SUVs Have Unsafe Headlights


Interesting news for SUV owners or those who are thinking of purchasing a vehicle of this sort. According to the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) over 50 percent of midsized SUVs seem to have headlights that are deemed unsafe; by either resulting in a glare for oncoming traffic or did not light up the road sufficiently when it came to distance.

The organization conducted tests on 37 midsize SUVS, with two only receiving a rating of ‘good’. These SUVs were the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Volvo XC60. Eleven were deemed ‘poor’, while 12 received the rating of ‘marginal’. IIHS has recommended that drivers purchase cars that fall under the ‘good’ or ‘acceptable’ ratings.

IIHS’ Senior Research Engineer Matt Brumbelow recently stated that the organization continues to see headlights that place safety in a compromising position, as the view they offer is only a short way down a road during the night.

The SUV that received the worst rating, under the ‘poor’ category was the 2017 Kia Sorento as the vehicle’s headlights only provided a 148-foot light down the road, versus the top-rated SUV, XC60, which offered a 315-foot light visibility. A comment was made by the U.S. division at Kia stating that they plan to evaluate these results ‘carefully’.

MSN reported that other 2017 car models to hit the ‘poor’ category for headlights included the Ford Explorer and Edge, Dodge Journey, and Jeep Wrangler. Ford stated that it would consider the IIHS’ findings, while Fiat Chrysler has yet to respond and make a statement about this.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that the Santa Fe garnered a spot in the ‘good’ category, Hyundai’s two-row Sport version of the vehicle hit the ‘poor’ category. As per the IIHS, the 2017 Sport model has differing headlights that produce excessive glare when it comes to oncoming traffic. Hyundai has yet to comment on this.