All the Buick models listed as 2012 Top Safety Picks by IIHS

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 3, 2012

Did you know that all Buick models are listed as 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety? Even the Verano, the smallest Buick model, is able to match the bigger models when it comes to safety systems. IIHS President Adrian Lund said that every inch of all the Buick models have “state-of-the-art crash protection.”

Buick claims to have the best overall protection against the most common types of crashes. It also comes with standard electronic stability control to prevent crashes. The tests that the IIHS conducts measure occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes.

In particular, it tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. A vehicle has to get a “good” rating in all four tests to earn a 2012 Top Safety Pick designation.

While designing the Verano, the engineers focused on making industry-leading safety features a key element for the new vehicle. General Motors Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Safety Performance Integration Sigit Santosa said that the company used a comprehensive safety strategy that enabled it to “achieve the highest safety rating” and to be recognized as one of the top safety performers in the segment.

The Verano is equipped with 10 standard air bags and is being secured by OnStar, a combination that no other competitor can match. If there is a rollover crash, the sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags before the impact. They’re also left inflated for a longer period of time. The Verano has an advanced body structure that is composed of over 60% high-strength steel that offers a protective safety cage around passengers.

Topics: buick, iihs, safety

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