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IIHS Rates Two Minivans 'Poor'

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Ford 2006 Freestar and Mazda MPV minivans have received poor ratings by the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an insurance industry-funded research group. The IIHS
said that the vans, neither of which offers standard side airbags, fared poorly in recent
side-impact crash tests.

The research group added that many competitive minivans offer the
bags as standard equipment. When a Freestar fitted with the optional side airbags was
re-tested, it earned an “acceptable” rating. Models with standard side and curtain airbags,
such as Toyota’s Sienna minivan, garnered the IIHS’ top “good” rating.

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