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So, Newton's laws of physics are wrong then? I'm not arguing that it, the Smart, is safe in a crash against itself or something of equal mass but it just isn't so when you consider it against a larger mass. That roll cage or "egg" as it is referred to can only absorb enough impact shock that the units materials can handle. Breech that point and the elastic limit is done and doesn't come back.

To think that an E class isn't the same is also foolish. 1, you can't go 200 MPH in a smart car and 2 3 or 4 people can't fit in the smart car. For a Caddy (K1500) to travel that fast it would need very little modification but it would only be able to do so in a straight line since America cars and trucks aren't know for being agile.

NHTSA ratings are much like JDP, follow the money and you'll figure it out.

I found this online:
Amazingly enough, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the Smart ForTwo, it did receive their highest rating for side and front impacts. However, it fell short on whiplash protection, one of the most common injuries. Smart USA was looking for a Top Safety Pick designation to assuage all fears and concerns over its petite frame but the IIHS nipped that in the bud when spokseman Russ Rader made it clear that even though there is not a specific size requirement, the ForTwo is "just too small to be considered safe under all driving conditions". In fact, the ForTwo is the smallest car ever tested by the IIHS and is classified as a "microcar" due to the minimal crush space on the front end.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted their own tests which also illustrated some room for improvement. 'Five Stars', the top rating, was awarded for driver protection in the front crash test but passenger protection was given only 'Three Stars', a pretty low rating that most vehicles never see.

Both the NHTSA and the IIHS did give the Smart ForTwo top ratings for side impact collissions. However, both times the doors became unlatched during the test. While not ideal, it didn't actually affect the test results.

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A five star crash test rating ONLY APPLIES IF YOU HIT ANOTHER SMART CAR. And in almost all cases the car you will be hit by is larger.
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Exactly, aka Newtons laws of physics...

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I wonder how many people who purport to be car safety freaks are themselves obese or at least sedentary, and are therefore in a much higher risk group than a healthy person driving a smart.

Just saying....risk is relative, innit?

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Every risk, all risk is relative. This is why "they" built an industry around it to make boat loads of money assuming the worst...

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Yes, and hands up all tobacco smokers. Pot smokers too. There, that's put it in perspective.

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You must like parking the Smart car.

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Safety is all about who is behind the wheel. The car is the secondary system to handle when the driver fails. All vehicles have there achilles heel. Bigger does not mean safer. The laws of momentum say they cant turn as fast and may not be able avoid an accident as easily as a smaller lighter car. But that is not a reason to avoid them. They do have there purpose. The car you like and want to drive is the best choice. As far as I am aware cars today exceed the minimum safety standards. It sounds like you like the B 200 and it is a good car. A Smart car would do as well but choosing what will work for how you want to use the car is always the best.
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