The Acura 2012 TL has received a GOOD rating in a test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety known as the small overlap frontal barrier crash test. This is a test that looks into the effects of a collision between a car and a fixed object, wherein only 25% of the car’s front structure touches the object.
The TL line is just one of two cars, among ten different vehicles, to get a GOOD rating. This type of collision is seen by the IIHS as a danger since it accounts for a quarter of crashes in the country that have resulted to fatalities or very serious injuries. The test, as conducted by the IIHS, looks into what happens when a car travelling at 40 mph collides with a fixed object like a light pole.
Thus to minimize the injuries, the car must have a strong body structure that allows it to absorb any energy resulting from the collision and redistribute it. The 2012 TL already has the body structure that can minimize the impact of such collision to the occupants but it adds other safety features like airbags on the front and sides of the car.
A statement from the IIHS revealed that the side and front airbags of the TL enabled the head to not come into contact with hard structures thus ensuring that injury is minimized or prevented. All of Acura’s TL models already have the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure but it is currently working on a new system.
This body structure, once implemented, will not just reinforce the already strong frame but also improve the management of crash energy. The design allows the interconnected structural elements of the body to redistribute the energy to the front of the car ensuring that the energy is dissipated and the forced that is transferred to the occupants is greatly reduced.
Acura expects that once this is in place, it will improve further its chances of getting a GOOD rating in the future. Other safety features of the Acura include seatbelts that have load limiters, as well, as an automatic tensioning system.
It also has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and a Vehicle Stability Assist that allows for traction control. Acura remains strong in the belief that with innovation should come safety and that a high level of occupant safety is always a top priority for all of its models.