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Study: Honda Warning System Reduces Collision Claims

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June 18, 2014—A new combined collision and lane departure warning system on the Honda Accord is decreasing insurance claims, according to an analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

HLDI is an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which provides front crash prevention ratings for many models. A basic or higher rating is a requirement for the Institute's highest award, the Top Safety Pick.

The results showed that Honda’s system reduced claims for damage to other vehicles by 14 percent. Injury claims were also reduced. For occupants, injury claims fell by 27 percent and other road user injury claims dropped by 40 percent.

Though collision claim frequency was only 4 percent lower with Honda’s warning system, the average loss payment per claim fell by over $400.

Advanced crash avoidance technologies first debuted in luxury vehicles, but are now showing up in more mainstream vehicles. The results of the Honda system were better than the HLDI expected, the report said, based on past studies of similar technology on luxury vehicles.

"This was our first opportunity to study advanced crash avoidance technology on a high-volume vehicle, and the results are impressive," said Matt Moore, HLDI vice president. "This is a warning system only, but the claim frequency reductions are similar to what we saw earlier for systems with automatic braking."

HLDI looked at both 2-door and 4-door versions of the 2013 Accord and the 2013 Crosstour for the study.

For more information about the study, visit the HLDI site online

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