IIHS Names Top Safety Picks For 2013

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Jan. 4, 2013—The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded 13 vehicle models with its Top Safety Pick+ accolade for 2013.

To earn the Top Safety Pick+ award, all 13 vehicles received “good” or “acceptable” ratings in the IIHS’ new small overlap test, an evaluation that simulates safety performance when the front section of a vehicle hits another vehicle or permanent object, such as a tree or utility pole.  The IIHS said small overlap crashes account for roughly 25 percent of frontal crashes that result in serious injuries or fatalities to occupants.

The vehicle models named as IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ for 2013 include the Acura TL, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord two-door, Honda Accord four-door, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Suzuki Kizashi, Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60.

"Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection," said Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS. "We're pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013."

The IIHS said midsize, luxury cars were the first group of vehicles evaluated through its small overlap test. Midsize, moderately priced cars will be evaluated next, and the organization will announce additional Top Safety Pick+ winners after tests are conducted. Safety results for small SUVs will be announced this spring.

"We've seen automakers make structural and restraint changes in response to our small overlap test," Lund said. "Five manufacturers redesigned their midsize cars to enhance small overlap crash protection.”

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