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'04 Jaguar scores poorly in side-impact crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2004 Jaguar X-Type got the worst rating of any midsize sedan in side-impact crash tests conducted by the insurance industry.

The X-Type, which starts at $31,000, fared worse than some less expensive cars, according to test results released Sunday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Adrian Lund, the institute's chief operating officer, said the Jaguar's side air bags protected the dummies' heads, but the side of the vehicle was crushed and could have caused severe injuries to the driver's torso.

Both the 2005 Mitsubishi Galant and the 2004 Saab 9-3 earned the institute's highest rating, along with the 2004 Lexus ES 330 and the 2004 Acura TL.