Initially the 5-series received a three-star rating for adult occupants. However changes were made to the steering column, footrest, door trims, door latch, airbags and electronic software and the car was retested achieving its four-star rating. BMW claims the modifications improved the car’s EuroNCAP score not the vehicles safety, consequently BMW chose not to recall the earlier built cars.
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The American Insurance Institute of Highways Safety (IIHS) gives the 5-series a “Good” overall rating in frontal collisions but a “Marginal” overall rating for side impact collisions. The IIHS reported their side impact test would likely cause driver related rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries. The IIHS tests were conducted on models built after May 2007, these models had modifications to improve side impact safety.