The IIHS says the Prius V sustained major structural deformation in the new, tougher test. Only the 2013 Honda Accord and the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi received the top rating of "good" in the new test.
"The Camry, which is the top-selling midsize car in the United States, and the Prius V, a four-door hybrid wagon, earn poor ratings for small overlap protection and are the worst performers of the midsize group," said the IIHS in a statement.
The IIHS is using a tougher frontal crash test for 2013. It is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. It said research showed that about a quarter of serious injuries and deaths in frontal crashes occur in these small overlap impacts.
Eleven cars, including the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Nissan Altima were rated "acceptable" in the new test. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Jetta received "marginal" ratings.
"The Institute has raised the bar again and we will respond to the challenge," said Toyota in a statement.
Toyota pointed out that the insurance group "periodically develops new, more severe or specialized tests which go beyond federal requirements."
"We are evaluating the new test protocols and can say that there will not be one single solution to achieve greater crash performance in this area."
Toyota profits trump safety!! Facts is the facts MR KENIN KELLY, Maybe you should read up on this so when the customer finds out about this you can say yeah I know about that!! OH yeah thats right even if you know about something, you claim not to!!!