The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Acura’s 2013 TL with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. This is considered as one of the highest ratings that the IIHS hands out. The award was obtained despite stricter standards set by the IIHS.
The guidelines now include the small overlap frontal crash test. This is a test designed to show the collision of a vehicle running at a certain speed and a fixed object, where 25% of the car’s front structure comes into contact with the object.
Aside from the TL model, the ILX, MDX, RDX, and TSX models have all received the TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings as well. All five models have also been rated GOOD in all four different rating categories.
The small overlap frontal crash test is a relatively new test and was included after a study found out that this type of crash comprised 25% of all frontal crashes that have led to either serious injuries or even death. The test looks into the effect of a car travelling at 40 mph as it collides with a utility pole, for instance.
The test looks into how strong the car’s cabin structure is since a slim portion of the car typically absorbs any energy that results from the crash. The TL is just one of two cars that have managed to get high ratings for this particular test. Acura’s dedication to safety is based on its commitment to make sure that safety is the primary concern in all of its models.
Acura is currently working on a new body structure which is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering II. What this does is reinforce the structure, particularly the front frame, in order to strengthen energy management during collisions.
Acura expects that once available, this will improve protection for the occupants ensuring a good rating from IIHS. Acura hopes to have this feature in the new models to be released next. All Acura models already have the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.
This has already been proven to help with occupant safety by redistributing the energy during collisions. What happens is that it enables the force to the passenger side to be reduced. All Acura models come with the usual safety features.