I had a little conversation with Russ Rader at the IIHS. It was nice of him to talk to a peasant like me, but I thought the conversation was interesting.
To Russ Rader from me;
"Does the IIHS actually crash test the rear end of a vehicle to determine the safety of of the third row in three row vehicles? I'm having trouble finding any evidence of this kind of testing by the IIHS."
From Russ Rader;
"IIHS does not test for 3rd row seat safety. We have looked at this periodically. The data do not show that there is a significant safety problem in the 3rd row. High-speed rear-end crashes, those fast enough to cause harm, are relatively rare compared with other crash scenarios. We are continuing to monitor the data as 3-row vehicles become a bigger part of the vehicle population.
Thank you for the question and thank you for your interest in our work."
My response to Russ Rader;
"Thanks Russ. We're having a lively discussion over at the SwedeSpeed Forum about 3rd row safety, and how minivans stack up against the new XC90. Volvo has a great video of a new XC90 crash test showing third row safety. It's very impressive. Volvo doesn't wait for you guys to surprise them with new crash tests, like other car brands. Reference the small overlap crash test. :-D"
Russ Rader's next response to me;
"I'll have to take a look at the video. You're right, Volvo doesn't wait around."
I then sent him a link to the new XC90 rear end crash test.