updated 4/15/2006 4:31:47 PM ET 2006-04-15T20:31:47

Daimler Chrysler (Dodge Grand Caravan) and BMW (Mini Cooper) did not provide statements to Dateline NBC for this story.

General Motors
The Chevrolet Uplander and its sister crossover sport vans meet or exceed all federal crashworthiness regulations and provide proven real-world reliability. In the 10 years this basic structure has been in use for these vans and their predecessors, we know of no cases in which a rear seat became detached in a side impact.

We do not think this is a safety concern. However, we have a design improvement plan to ensure the rear seat is retained in this test condition. -Bob Lange, executive director, Structure and Safety Integration

Subaru
The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance to Subaru. In fact, Subaru is the only All-Wheel-Drive car company that offers a unique combination of active and passive safety features as standard equipment across our entire product line.  That is why we are very pleased to receive the Top Safety Pick Gold award from the IIHS for the 2006 Subaru Impreza Sedan and Wagon.   The IIHS Top Safety Pick Gold award recognizes car designs that afford the best protection for people in front, side and rear crashes, and it further validates the Subaru commitment to overall occupant safety. 

Every Subaru features a boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that provides a lower center of gravity and improved handling and control. In fact, the entire powertrain is designed to slide under the vehicle along the floor tunnel in a severe collision, helping to prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment. All Subaru vehicles are built around a Ring Frame Reinforced body structure design, that incorporates front and rear crumple-zone construction, to absorb the energy of an impact and help protect the reinforced passenger compartment. 

At Subaru, safety means far more than protecting a vehicle’s occupants in the event of a collision.  Ideally, a passenger vehicle should provide the driver with the means to avoid hazardous situations.  Subaru calls this concept Active Driving/Active Safety.  Designing a vehicle for active safety gives a driver a strong sense of control, maneuverability and security.  This is really what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.

Subaru appreciates the work of the IIHS, and shares its commitment to enhancing occupant safety.-Fred Adcock, Executive Vice President, Subaru of America, Inc.

Toyota
Crash testing is performed, on many measures, by the government and other independent groups.  Toyota conducts ongoing comprehensive crash tests on all of its vehicle models, an example of our ongoing commitment to build safe cars and trucks. Toyota also appreciates the crash test participation of third-party independent groups as it augments our own internal testing. All of Toyota's vehicles meet the safety requirements of the federal government and NHTSA.

Toyota also points out: In more than 90 percent of the Prius' sold, the owners have chosen the side airbag option. Because of the response rate, they are looking to make side airbags standard equipment.

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