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Friday, August 7, 2009

DETROIT (AP) Of the six most-popular midsize sedans, none gets a top rating in bumper safety crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the Mazda 6 was the only car to receive an "acceptable" rating. That's one rating below "good," the top rating.The IIHS estimates the average cost for bumper repairs on the Mazda 6 at $871. That's an improvement from the 2007 model, which received a "marginal" rating. Ratings for the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata improved one notch to "marginal" from "poor."

The 2009 Ford Fusion's bumper rating slipped to "poor" from "marginal" in 2007.GM's Chevrolet Malibu also received a "poor" ranking, with average report costs hitting $2,329.
The results are based on the average cost to repair front, rear and corner bumpers following a 6 mph crash.


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