Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests safety of 13 mid-size cars

(CBS) -- The Ford Fusion is one of ten cars that earned good marks from the insurance institute for highway safety in new passenger-side crash tests.

Overall, we're seeing much-improved performance in midsized cars, compared to some of the research tests that we did," says Becky Mueller of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In the test, the cars crashed just 25% of the vehicle's front end into a barrier while traveling at 40 miles per hour. The Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Lincoln MKZ, the 2018 Subaru Legacy and Outback, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima and Maxima and the 2018 Toyota Camry all earned good mark but three did not. The Volkswagen Jetta received an acceptable rating and the Volkswagen Passat and Chevrolet Malibu both received marginal ratings. Malibu crash test researchers say the main problem is their restraint systems.

"For these vehicles, the passenger dummies head slid off the frontal airbag either came close to, or contacted the dash, which we consider to be a risk for passengers heads."

The group is calling on manufacturers to improve passenger airbags and safety belts in those cars. All the vehicles tested ..Previously received good ratings for similar tests on the driver-side.