Group raises standards for safest vehicle awards this year

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 7, 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its list of the safest vehicles and this year the IIHS is making the criteria more hard for automakers to earn a top grade.

The new criteria are in addition to existing qualifications for high ratings in the driver's side small-overlap and moderate-overlap frontal-crash tests, side-crash test, roof strength, head restraint, and advanced safety feature performance. In the new test, a auto traveling at 40 miles per hour hits a metal barrier with only 25 percent of the vehicle's front width, on the front passenger's side.

This year, 62 vehicle models earned the institute's top safety pick award. It's a drop from a year ago, though, and the new crash tests are not the only reason why. Seven models with standard autobrake also have standard acceptable or good headlights and qualify for TSP without any added options. "The difference between a headlamp that rates as good as far as how far down the road you can see and one that we rate as poor, it literally is night and day and we think it's important that manufacturers improve how lamps light up the road because the most serious crashes happen at night".

"We're pleased to have so many vehicles recognized by IIHS, especially with the completely redesigned 2018 Camry receiving its highest safety award".

"Cars are safer now than they ever have been", Lund said.

This is the first time the IIHS has included front-passenger small-overlap testing in its Top Safety Pick rankings.

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