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2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.

The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.

Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.

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IIHS gives Top Safety Pick+ award to sixth-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30)

After earning the maximum safety rating of five stars from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30) was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) a “Top Safety Pick +.”

Being granted with the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS isn’t an easy feat. Currently, IIHS grants two awards safety awards for 2017: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+. To become 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle should earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints). Likewise, a vehicle should earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Qualifying for 2017 Top Safety Pick+ means a vehicle managed to earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Furthermore, it should earn an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Following the necessary tests, IIHS adjudged that the 2017 BMW 5 Series is qualified to be granted the Top Safety Pick+ award. This comes after the 2017 BMW 5 Series earned “Good” ratings for the five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It also earned a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention as well as “Good” rating for its headlights.

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2016 Honda Pilot with front crash safety feature earns top rating from IIHS

The American designed and developed 2016 Honda Pilot has been awarded the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) if you opt for the front crash prevention safety feature.

Coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Honda has earned itself a reputation for safety and security. It was awarded the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings possible.

The 2016 Honda Pilot also has an optional frontal crash prevention system gaining the award of top rating of Superior from IIHS. Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda Division said that the 2016 Pilot sets the new benchmark in the midsize SUV segment with its top-of-the-class fuel economy and after having gotten the highest safety ratings possible.

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2015 RAV4 earns good rating at IIHS small overlap test, says Toyota

Toyota Motor Corp. says the latest iteration of RAV4 crossover earned a passing score in the latest round of tests simulating small-overlap front crashes as conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki, the 2015 RAV4 got a “good” score in the latest test, which should allow the crossover to earn institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2014 RAV4 failed to earn the status after getting poor results in the small overlap test conducted in July 2013, prompting Toyota engineers to vow an overhaul and to make the crossover more than strong enough to pass.

The RAV4 needs a small-overlap rating score of at least “acceptable” to earn Top Safety Pick. Official results of the latest test won’t be published until December, according to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, adding that the results look promising.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Ford C-MAX Hybrid a Top Safety Pick for second year in a row. IIHS had the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid undergo multiple crash tests – leading to a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said the carmaker is proud that the C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment on the C-MAX Hybrid includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Add to that list a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. The C-MAX Hybrid comes with available driver-assist features like a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system and reverse sensing system as well as rain-sensing wipers.

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Only the Chevrolet Spark received an acceptable rating in small-overlap crash test from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when most small cars fared poorly. Likewise, the Spark was the only tiny car to earn a top safety pick award from the group. IIHS introduced in 2012 the small-overlap test, which simulates a situation wherein the front quarter of the driver side of a vehicle collides with a pole or a tree at 40 mph.

The test is considered much harder than a head-on collision since the front-end crush zone is bypassed. Joe Nolan, IIHS vice president said in a statement, that small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage in a small-overlap test, underscoring the importance of choosing one with the best occupant protection.

He remarked that as a group, minicars “aren't performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small-overlap crash." Tougher tests like the small-overlap front crash test have resulted to a lesser number of vehicles earning the institute’s top safety picks for 2014.

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The next Toyota Corolla will receive improvements so that it can do well during the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, particularly in the challenging small overlap front crash test. Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly have the best safety record. Many of its models, including the 2014 Toyota Corolla, were given “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings by the IIHS.

Toyota is reportedly attempting to improve its scores on the safety tests by reworking the RAV4, Camry, and Prius V. According to a report from Automotive.com, the Toyota Corolla is due for a safety update too. Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato said that the automaker is already working on improving the Corolla.

It’s likely that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will get structural reinforcements so that it can get a high score on the small overlap test, which crashes the vehicle moving 40 mph into a barrier that covers just 25% of front surface of the car.

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The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla failed to score good ratings on the small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The overhauled compact Corolla received a "marginal" score on the small overlap test, which simulates a 40 mph crash in which the driver-side corner of a vehicle hits an object like a utility pole or tree.

IIHS introduced the new test partly because around 25 percent of highway deaths caused by head-on collisions result from small overlap crashes. The 2014 Corolla’s marginal score in the small overlap test rendered it unqualified to receive any IIHS honors in 2014, when an "acceptable" or "good" score on the small overlap test is a prerequisite for either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ honors. The 2014 Corolla’s failure to get a good score is also a blow for Toyota, which has been struggling with the test since it was launched in 2012.

Three Toyota vehicles -- the Toyota Camry sedan, the Prius V hybrid and RAV4 crossover – all received "poor" ratings on the small overlap test for 2013.

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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.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given top safety marks to Honda and Volvo after conducting overlap crash tests on their respective models, thanks to safety enhancements the carmakers have implemented. The 2013 Honda Civic became the first small car to gain a "good" rating in the institute's new small overlap test, helped by Honda's second generation advanced compatibility body (ACE II) structure.

Both the Civic’s two- and four-door variants earned the rating.  Chuck Thomas, chief engineer of automotive safety for Honda R&D Americas Inc., remarked that the ACE II reinforced the body structure of the 2013 Civic, adding around 26 lbs.

In an interview with Automotive News, Thomas remarked that the biggest thing to look at on these types of changes is how to minimize the impact of adding mass to the vehicle. Volvo likewise achieved similar marks thanks to an update on the airbag algorithm of its XC60 luxury sedan to make sure that the side curtain airbag deploys during collisions.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named Toyota Motor Corp. and Subaru as the two automakers that had the highest scores after it conducted crash tests on model-year 2012 cars and trucks. This may mean that we won't see many injury claims in the future as there will be less risk of injury. The IIHS, a U.S. insurance industry group, has been publishing this list annually since 2005.

It tests for passenger safety in front, side and rear crashes as well as rollovers. Toyota was cited for having 15 of its vehicles earn the recognition as “top safety pick” – making Toyota the brand that had the most number of vehicles to do so.

The Yaris, the Camry and the Prius hybrid are just some of the newer models from Toyota that made this list. The IIHS also praised Subaru – the carmaking unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. -- as the only automaker that had all of its 2012 models worthy enough to earn a spot on the list. The IIHS said that more vehicles were able to qualify for this list after producers redesigned the vehicles roofs so that they would be stronger in the event of a rollover.

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The 2011 Infiniti EX35 had recently been awarded the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Infiniti pointed out that just like the Infiniti M37/M56 (which is already on this list of 2011 Top Safety Picks), the EX35 also got the “Good” rating in the front, rear and side impact protection. The EX35 has been fitted with electronic stability control and its roof strength was given a good rating.

All 2011 Infiniti EX35 vehicles feature the Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) that has dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors.

In addition, it features roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection. Infiniti also fitted in a set of seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags as well as front-seat Active Head Restraints.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Top Safety Pick award to the 2012 Volvo S60 for performing well in tests that cover front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection as well as standard electronic stability control (ESC). The IIHS gave good ratings to the previous generation of the S60 with regards to its front and rear.

However, the Institute only gave the 2005-09 an acceptable rating in the side impact test. The roof strength of the previous model also wasn’t assessed.

This would have determined how it will fare in rollover crashes. On the other hand, the new model rated very well in the side impact test as well as in the roof strength test.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave an award to the recently introduced Buick Regal as a 2010 Top Safety Pick. Many tests were done on the vehicle, including having to pass a new roof strength requirement for protection in rollover crashes. This car is actually only the seventh vehicle from GM to receive the award.

IIHS president Adrian Lund said that this award recognizes those vehicles that performed the best in the Institute’s series of tough crash test evaluations. In particular, only those vehicles that have the highest rating of “good” across the board and have the electronic stability control for assisting drivers to prevent crashes can “claim this honor.”

Based on the German-built Opel Insignia, the Buick Regal is offered in the US with two engine choices: a 2.4l Ecotec direct injected unit and a 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected powerplant.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee the Top Safety Pick status. It takes its place alongside the 2010 Jeep Patriot, equipped with available seat mounted airbag, which also received the coveted recognition recently.

To qualify for this award, a vehicle must get the highest rating of good in front, side, rear, and rollover tests and it must also be equipped with electronic stability control.

Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC, said that the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first production vehicle to launch since its alliance with Fiat.

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The Top Safety Pick Award went to the 2011 Kia Sportage model as it has gotten the highest ratings in frontal, side, rear and rollover impact crash safety tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) based its overall evaluation on different measurements that are particular to each crash angle as well as the overall impact on crash test dummies during collision.

Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA), said that the Kia brand is committed to offering the highest levels of passenger safety with its comprehensive list of cutting-edge technologies and features for increased crash protection.

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Seeing that occupants in rollover crashes benefit from stronger roofs, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested cars and rated them accordingly.

It was found out that the Smart Fortwo has the strongest roof and the Chevrolet Aveo has the weakest among 2009 micro and minicars recently tested.

The Smart earns the highest rating of good compared with acceptable for the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini Cooper, and Toyota Yaris. The Aveo is rated marginal. To be rated good, vehicles must have roofs that are more than twice as strong as the current minimum federal safety standard requires.

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The esteemed Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US has specified the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as one of its Top Safety Picks for 2009, which is the most excellent reason to buy in terms of protection. The C-Class attained good ratings in every safety criteria which were evaluated.

Annually, the specialists at the IIHS review the latest vehicle versions in keeping with strict safety criteria, thus offering an essential means to aid customers make an intelligent choice. In the most current evaluations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was exposed to crash tests of both the front and side.

The safety experts in the US also assessed protection against injuries to the neck during impacts from the back. C-Class was given very high ratings for all three criteria.

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The 'Top Safety Pick' of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the new Hyundai Sonata, the first time for this model. The previous generation of the Sonata was rated good front and rear impact protection, acceptable in the side impact test, and marginal for rollover protection.

Institute president Adrian Lund said that the test results of the Institute now cover all four of the most common kinds of crashes after having added the new rollover evaluation. Lund added that the cars that were good enough to get the coveted Top Safety Pick designation have designs that extend beyond the minimum federal safety standards.

This award is only given to those vehicles that do a superior job protecting people in front, side, rear and rollover crashes. To qualify for the 2011 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle should have good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Additionally, the vehicle must have electronic stability control readily available as an option.

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The charm of Tesla Motors’ vehicle offering lies in the fact that they offer a high level of performance with zero emissions. However, Tesla also wants its cars to be remembered as some of the safest vehicles in the automotive world. Just recently, Tesla is claiming that its Model 3 midsize sedan offers the best chance for passengers to avoid serious injury in case of a collision.

On its Twitter account, Tesla said its Model 3 boasts of having the lowest probability of causing injury of all cars that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has ever tested. Tesla noted that the Model 3 managed to receive a perfect 5-star safety rating in all categories – including sub-categories. Tesla had previously boasted that they expect the new Model 3 to have the lowest probability of personal injury than any other car.

The carmaker went on to say that the Tesla Model S electric sedan and the Tesla Model X electric crossover ranked second and third, respectively, on the list of cars with lowest probability of causing passenger injury as tested by the NHTSA.

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