The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently made available its yearly list of vehicles that had gained the agency's popular 'Top Safety Pick' honor, showing that some key milestones had been realized.
According to Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS, "Top Safety Pick winners are the top performers in tough front, side, and rear crash tests, and they have electronic stability control, a crucial technology that can help drivers avoid many crashes altogether."
Although Ford is at the top of the list which included 16 of its vehicles, the actual celebrations would have been taking place over at Acura. The first-rate Honda auxiliary got a 'Top Safety Pick' for all the vehicles in its range, while the entire Honda group only achieved to get 13 of its vehicles into the safety list.
One prominent brand missing from the list was Lexus, which together with Infiniti, discovered many of its vehicles' head and seat restraints were not sufficient to attain the award. Similar to the Lexus, Chrysler also failed to get even one of its vehicles on to the list.
Toyota and General Motors each had eight vehicles on the list, but their concentration on more inexpensive vehicles made it harder to incorporate advanced safety characteristics as standard on the cheaper versions.
72 cars in all were on the list, and a big chunk of these were in the SUV or large car classification, except for one outstanding exception to this rule was the Honda Jazz.
As the sole subcompact on the list, the Jazz managed to destroy the myth that size means safety, although the absence of other minicars demonstrates that it is really a hard task for manufacturers to make these cars safe when the profit margins are already so narrow.
The big figure of offerings from Detroit demonstrate that the latest safety technology is reaching its goal, and the poor result from Chrysler was said to have been preventable had some of their vehicles had superior head safety features. In the meantime, Ford now maintains that the outcome demonstrate that American vehicles can rival Japanese and European cars where safety is concerned.