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Crash test videos posted on Internet

September 02, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Jarring images of vehicles crashing into test barriers are becoming more prevalent on the Internet, giving safety-conscious car shoppers another tool when searching for the right car.

Consumer Reports offers a library of crash test videos for more than 200 vehicles on its website, accompanied by narration describing how each vehicle performed. The tests were conducted by the Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which issues safety ratings for vehicles.

Videos of crash tests also can be view on other websites.

Automakers caution that the videos may give an incorrect impression of a vehicle's safety, which is summarized in government ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or by the Insurance Institute.

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