"Mini-Cars" fall short

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 01/22 2014 11:53AM

Updated 01/22 2014 12:07PM

If you are considering buying a small car you may want to reconsider.  Ten of eleven "mini-cars" performed poorly in recent crash tests. Chris Clackum reports.

New crash tests results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety could cause concern among owners of subcompact "mini-cars".

"Only one of the eleven vehicles earned an acceptable rating. None of the vehicles were rated good and the rest were marginal and poor," says IIHS senior vice president Joe Nolan.

The Chevrolet Spark is the one getting the "acceptable" rating.

The other ten were rated "marginal" or "poor" in what's called a small overlap test, which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or object like a tree or utility pole.

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