Consumer Reports pulls recommendation for Camry, Prius V, and RAV4

Article by Anita Panait, on October 30, 2013

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendation on three of Toyota Motor Corp's vehicles, after they received poor crash test results. The magazine said it will no longer recommend the Toyota Camry, Prius V or RAV4 sport utility vehicle since they received "poor" ratings in a small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, remarked that after a year of the small overlap testing and over 50 vehicles tested – a number of which did adequately – the influential magazine is now making the shift and pulling recommendations from any car that gets a poor" rating. Fisher disclosed that virtually every family sedan has undergone the test and the Camry was the only one that received a 'poor' rating.

He remarked that “at this point,” Consumer Reports cannot continue to recommend people to buy a Camry when there are other vehicles that fared better on the test.

The IIHS, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, included in 2012 the small overlap test -- involving only a front corner of a vehicle -- in its barrage of crash tests. Consumer Reports waited to adjust its recommendations until it saw how the entire auto industry was affected by the small overlap test. It also does not recommend any vehicle that got poor scores in any of the crash tests.

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