"The 2007 BMW 3 Series and the 2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet, meanwhile, received the Institute's second-lowest score of marginal in side-impact tests. The BMW convertible starts at $43,200, while the A4 model starts at $39,100. Both received the highest ratings in frontal tests.
During its side test of the 3 Series, for example, the Institute recorded injury measures on the driver dummy that could indicate rib fractures and injuries to internal organs in a similar crash.
BMW AG spokesman Thomas Plucinsky said the automaker was disappointed with the side-impact results but said it engineers its vehicles to pass a wide range of crash tests around the globe.
"We're confident that in real world situations that BMW vehicles are among the safest in side-impact," he said." more.