The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given Top Safety Pick+ honors to the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The updated minivan received a "good" rating on the so-called small overlap crash test, which simulates what may happen if a vehicle’s left front corner collides with an object like an oncoming car, a tree or a pole.
Honda freshened the Odyssey for 2014 by installing a strengthened steel frame and more robust airbags, instead of waiting for the next redesign of the minivan, which is still a few years from now.
Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement, remarked tha the carmaker’s commitment to safety is “perhaps best demonstrated by the fact” that they achieved a high standard in a midcycle refresh, referring to the rating received by the 2014 Honda Odyssey.
Honda now has six vehicles that received Top Safety Pick+ honors -- the 2013 Civic sedan and coupe, the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, the 2013 Acura TL and now the 2014 Odyssey. The company's engineering push commenced in 2009, when IIHS published a research showing that an outsized number of deaths in car accidents were results of small overlap crashes.
The crash energy in these accidents goes around the steel structures that crumple to cushion the blow of a crash with airbags not employing as intended. According to Joe Nolan, vice president for vehicle research at IIHS, Honda took admirable steps to deal with the shortfalls of the Odyssey, resulting to the good rating.