CX-7 Earns Top Ratings in Government Crash Tests
– The 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV received five-star frontal- and side-impact crashworthiness ratings, the highest possible scores, in the U.S. government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests. The CX-7 also received a four-star rollover rating for both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.NHTSA’s frontal collision ratings are determined by placing crash-test dummies in the driver’s seat and front-passenger seats and securing them with the vehicle’s seatbelts. Vehicles are then crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 mph, which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles that are moving at 35 mph. The five-star rating attained by CX-7 indicates a ten percent or less chance of serious injury to a belted occupant in the front seat.Side-impact crash testing represents an intersection-type collision with a 3,015-lb. barrier moving at 38.5 mph into the CX-7, with crash test dummies buckled into the driver and rear-passenger seats. CX-7’s five-star rating, the highest possible, indicates a 5-percent or less chance of serious injury.The CX-7, which went on sale this past June, includes dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags with rollover protection, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, traction control, dynamic stability control, and tire pressure monitors. CX-7 also features a rigid unibody utilizing Mazda’s Advanced Impact Energy Distribution and Absorption System to realize high levels of collision safety and help protect occupants in various accident situations, including front-, side- and rear-impact collisions. It is constructed of large frame sections featuring high-strength steel with subframe connections to help absorb energy when a collision occurs. The side frame is stamped from a single tailored blank, which minimizes center pillar deformation during a side-impact collision.