Crash tests for small SUVs raise concerns for passenger safety in some models

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Passengers may not be as safe in smaller SUVs as drivers.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says new crash tests show there may be some safety gaps.

The tests show a number of small SUVs may not offer the same protections to passengers as drivers -- in certain types of frontal crashes.

Only one, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, passed with a grade of 'good' in crash tests involving the right corner of the vehicle. The 2015 Toyota RAV4 received the only poor rating.

The Institute says safety structures on the driver's side are not always the same on the passenger's side.

"We want them to provide the same protection to the passenger side as they did the driver," said Becky Mueller, Senior Research Engineer for the IIHS.

The IIHS crash-tested seven types of small SUVs -- the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, the 2015 Buick Encore, the 2015 Honda CR-V, the 2015 Mazda CX-5, the 2014 Nissan Rogue, the 2014 Subaru Forester and the 2015 Toyota RAV4.   See how they scored.

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