Kia Motors Corp. said Monday that it wanted a U.S. insurer group to retest the company's Spectra sedan, which received the group's first "poor" rating since 2001 in a front crash test after a crash dummy's head went out the window.
The dummy's head went through the air bag and struck the steering wheel, which would lead to head, chest, neck and leg injuries for a driver, said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group released results Sunday for the Spectra and four other small cars.
"We were very disappointed" by the rating on the 2004 and 2005 Spectra, said Kim Custer, a spokesman for Kia's U.S. unit in Irvine. Engineers at the Seoul-based parent company will review the test results, he said.
The Insurance Institute and the government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conduct crash tests of new cars and light trucks to help consumers pick safer vehicles and to encourage carmakers to improve their designs.