[urq] 80's Audi were Below average in NHTSA crash test . Audi A4 bumpers are well rated
audi at humanspeakers.com
Fri Aug 17 20:48:34 EDT 2007
> On Aug 17, 2007, at 5:05 PM, steven j wrote:
> Feel free to correct me on details.
I'll try where I can...
>>I've been looking at the NHTSA crash tests since they
>>came out in about 1979. The 1985-ish Audi 5000 got a
>>horrible crash rating.
Gee, I'd love to see a link on that. Considering virtually everything
that follows is just plain wrong.
>> With the steering rack on the
>>firewall and that 5cyl going to the bumper the
>>steering wheel was pushed back in a crash delivering a
>>punch to the drivers head.
The steering column has an offset breakaway section. What you describe
>> The 4000's tested at the
>>time were just the 4cyls - and the results weren't as
>>bad as the 5000, probably because the missing cylinder
>>allowed an extra 5 inches before it started pushing
>>the steering rack back. One would imagine a 5cyl in
>>the type 85 would be worse than the 5000 crash test.
One could imagine many things, yes.
>>Of course if you have an offset crash - and the engine
>>doesn't get pushed back - the car is probably fine.
>>For around 1989 Audi introduced PRO-CON-TEN in the 100
>>and 200 where cables push the engine forward in a
>>crash and those cars cut driver head injury to low
Actually, the engine/tranny being pushed back activates the cables,
which then lock up the seat belts (and on some cars, even retractes the
steering column *forward*).
>>I think when airbags came the pro-con-ten cables might
>>not have been installed, but they were on the 100/200
And the 80/90 from '88 on, among other cars people have noted.
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