It was a wild ride. Dash cam video captured the moment last week when a Driving a Kia Soul over a passing tire On a Los Angeles highway and was launched into the air.
Small SUV He jumped from the height of the truck from which the tire came off and turned upside down.
It landed nose first, then slammed its roof into the floor as it rolled into an upright position and stabilized.
Despite the seriousness of the accident, the driver did not suffer serious injuries, according to reports. As surprising as this may sound, the spirit was designed to take this kind of blow.
The model received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with the highest score of “Good” in all categories except for the availability of Top Headlights across the model lineup, which would have earned it a Best Pick Safety+ rating.
Among those was a “good” roof strength rating, the minimum at which a vehicle can withstand four times its own weight before the roof breaks five inches, according to an IIHS spokesperson. It turns out that the spirit is superior. Weighing in at 2,860 pounds, the car was able to handle a peak force of 17,851 pounds, which is 6.24 times its own weight.
That’s a better performance than Tesla’s minivans, which Elon Musk calls the safest cars in the world. The Model 3 manages 5.85 times the weight and the Model Y 4.42 times. Meanwhile, the new 2023 Honda HR-V Compact SUV It was able to withstand 24,325 pounds, or 7.54 times its weight of 3,224 pounds during testing.
It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much force the Kia’s roof experienced during the accident due to a variety of factors, but just dropping a 2,800-pound five-footer would generate more than 5,000 pounds of force without accounting for any other factors.
For those who thought this incident was so unusual that it wasn’t worth thinking about, think again.
A nearly identical accident occurred on a highway in Gary, Indiana, in 2021 with a Toyota Rav4.
No serious injuries were reported in that one either, thanks in part to the fact that the Rav4 also had a good roof strength rating and was able to carry six times its own weight in IIHS testing.