Honda Motor Co. topped the insurance industry’s list of safest new cars this year. Earlier this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded thirty-nine vehicles top safety ratings for the coming year. The number is down quite a bit from last year’s one-hundred-thirty vehicles that received top ratings. This drastic decrease is likely due to an increase in the standards that vehicles must reach to attain top safety ratings.
This year was the first time that cars needed to get top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system rating to top the IIHS’s list. The IIHS rates a front crash prevention system as good for having things such as automatic braking or warning systems. Cars are now given a status of “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick +,” if the front crash protection criteria is also met.
Honda had eight of its vehicles make the top safety list, including the Honda Civic hybrid, Honda Civic two-door, and Honda Accord. Acura, which is owned by Honda, had three cars make the list as well–Acura RLX, Acura MDX, and Acura TL. Many shoppers use the list in their pursuit to find a safe vehicle and automakers use the list in their marketing and advertising strategies. The IIHS’s rankings have led many automakers in recent years to develop safer vehicles. Auto manufacturers are now working hard to ensure the front-end of their vehicles are safe enough to pass the IIHS’s offset test, which looks at how well a vehicle protects occupants when the crash covers only part of the front end.
Honda tops insurance industry safety list, www.palmbeachpost.com December 19, 2013
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