Video: Study Shows Mid-Sized Cars Getting Safer

From WRAL TV: Mid-sized cars are getting safer, in part due to side airbag protection, according to a new study released Thursday. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested seven mid-sized cars, both moderately price and luxury. The cars tested were the Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Infiniti G35, Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant, Nissan Altima and Saturn Aura. All of the vehicles, except for the Kia Optima, earned the top-rating for side crash protection. The ratings are a huge improvement over the last time mid-sized cars were checked. The difference is likely because side airbags are now standard in many vehicles. All seven cars earned the highest rating for front crashes.

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