Published: Aug 14, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 3:12 PM EDT

Before a new car is made available, a battery of safety checks are done. Now, you can add one more crash test to the list.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is targeting what is called an "overlap crash." It happens when the small front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle, tree or object. It's proved to be an important consideration, when thinking about frontal crashes.

Most cars have safety cages for protection in the event of a head-on collision. This new test aims to improve performance in crashes that affect a car's outer edges. Research shows that about a quarter of the serious injuries and fatalities in these accidents, involve collisions like the one this new test replicates.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested 11 mid-sized luxury and near-luxury models under the newest guidelines. Three earned good or acceptable ratings: the Acura TL, the Volvo S60 and the Infiniti G.