Crash Test Results; Plus new airline fee

August 20, 2008 3:38:16 PM PDT
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released scores from its latest round of crash tests. This time the Institute checked out small sport utility vehicles. Four small sport utility vehicles have earned top scores in front, side, and rear crash tests from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

They are the 2009 Ford Escape, 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the 2008 Nissan Rogue.

All vehicles have side air bags and a stability control feature that guards against rollovers.

Marks for the Escape also apply to the Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute. And hybrid versions of the Escape and Mariner.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler, which was tested without the optional side air bags, received the lowest score of Poor in the side tests.

Although the vehicle's maker, Chrysler, says the Wrangler meets or exceeds all federal safety standards.


United Airlines will become the first U-S carrier to stop serving free meals on some overseas flights. The change will start on October 1st in the coach cabin of trips to Europe from Washington Dulles International. Passengers will be able to buy food similar to what has been available for purchase on domestic flights.

And prices are going up a dollar on all flights on October 1st. Expect to pay $6 for snack boxes and $9 for salads and sandwiches.

The airline says it take a customer survey before deciding whether to extend the change to other international flights.


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