Subaru and Toyota get the highest scores in the IIHS crash tests for 2012

Article by Christian A., on December 16, 2011

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.

This means there is less possibility for injury claims due to the car being more protective of the cabin area. We all know that no win no fee personal injury claims are hiking up the prices of insurance.

In total 69 cars, 38 SUVs, five minivans and three pickups met the criteria for the list this year. In addition, the IIHS said that the quick rate of design improvements that car manufacturers made in the past year shows their commitment and efforts to protect people during crashes.

This can only mean one thing: say goodbye to whiplash claims, injury claims and hopefully rising insurance. Adrian Lund, president of the group, said that the number of models that were eligible for a second straight year is at a record high. In comparison, only 100 of the 2011 model-year vehicles got the top ranking.

A Japanese multinational auto company, Toyota Motor Corp. is considered as one of the largest not only in Japan, but also in the world. Headquartered in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan, Toyota builds millions of vehicles annually. It was formally organized as an independent and separate company in August 1937, after spinning off from Toyoda Automatic Loom Works.

Subaru is the car making division of Fuji Heavy Industries, a Japanese transportation conglomerate involved in the auto industry as well as in the aerospace sector.

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