The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the MY2009 Acura TSX sports sedan as a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave the TSX five-Star safety ratings in all governmental crash tests it was subjected to.
Dick Colliver, executive vice president of sales at Acura, remarked that passenger safety is “paramount” throughout the entire design process on every vehicle they build. He added that the MY2009 TSX combines strong power, excellent handling and compelling design.
NHTSA awarded the TSX with 5-Star ratings in NCAP frontal crash, SINCAP side crash and Rollover Resistance tests. IIHS, meanwhile, gave the TSX a GOOD rating in Frontal Offset, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection tests.
Highly favorable ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS were attributed to the brand’s "Safety Through Innovation" initiative, which is based on its commitment to leadership in safety. "Safety Through Innovation" aims to provide a high level of occupant protection and injury mitigation to pedestrians in all Acura vehicles.
Coming as standard for MY2009 TSX are Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist; anti-lock braking system (ABS); dual-stage/dual-threshold front airbags; and side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System.
Other standard safety features include Active Front Head Restraints; an automatic tensioning system and load limiters for the front seatbelts; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL). Acura’s vehicle lineup for MY2009 includes the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV and the MDX luxury SUV.