Early this month, Consumer Reports released its ratings on vehicle reliabilities and Japanese cars got 39 nods on the list. Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its ratings on car safety and foreign cars again take the spotlight aways from American cars as no car from US automakers made the cut. This year, according to IIHS, vehicles have to be equipped with the electronic stability control (ESC) system to be even considered for winning the top prize. The reason of making ESC a required feature is that IIHS studies have found that “10,000 fatal crashes per year could be prevented if every vehicle had the safety feature.”
According to IIHS, the safest car awards are given to cars that “do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes.” The auto industry actually pays attention to the ratings as they adjusted their designs to address safety problems revealed during the crash tests. Obviously, nobody wants to give consumers the impression of ignoring the safety issues.
Following is the winners of the car safety awards. For more information on ratings, click here.
Audi A6 manufactured in Dec. 2006 and later
Subaru Legacy equipped with optional electronic stability control
Mercedes M class
Subaru B9 Tribeca
Subaru Forester equipped with optional electronic stability control
In addition, IIHS also has a rating on rear protection for vehicles that have good front and side crash ratings:
Acceptable rear protection
BMW 3-series 4dr
Lexus IS 250/350
Marginal rear protection
Lexus ES 350
Lexus GS 350
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Poor rear protection
Honda Accord 4dr
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