Subaru named only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models four
All Subaru models have received a 2013 TSP, while Legacy and Outback earn 2013
TSP+ in rigorous new crash test
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to
announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized
Subaru as the only automaker earning a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK award for every
model it builds. This is the fourth consecutive year Subaru has earned this
distinction. New for 2013, Subaru's Legacy and Outback models (built after
Aug. 2012) have also won the brand new TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolade.
To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, IIHS has newly created
the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, which requires good ratings for occupant
protection in at least four of five IIHS evaluations, including the new Small
Overlap test, with no less than acceptable in any test . IIHS introduced the
small overlap test in 2012 to further improve occupant protection in frontal
crashes. While most automakers design their vehicles for good performance in
the IIHS moderate overlap frontal test and the federal government's full-width
frontal test, many haven't addressed the issue of small overlap crashes, which
can account for nearly a quarter of all frontal crashes involving serious or
fatal injury to front seat occupants. This test replicates what happens when
the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or a static object
like a tree or utility pole. The IIHS will announce additional winners as it
continues to test models. Results for small SUVs are expected this spring.
"The Subaru safety story begins right from the inception of every Subaru
vehicle," said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "We are
very pleased that the IIHS has recognized us again as the only manufacturer
with 2013 TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models."
TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best job of
protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on
'good' ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of Good, Acceptable,
Marginal and Poor, with 'good' as the top rank possible in Institute tests.
"For four consecutive years, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer with
the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK awards for every model it
builds," said Institute president Adrian Lund. "Subaru deserves praise for
making safety a top priority."
To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must have good ratings for occupant
protection in the moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rollover and rear
tests, regardless of their small overlap rating. IIHS rates vehicles as good,
acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance. The Institute's frontal
crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of a 40 mph moderate overlap
frontal crash. Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in
which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The
barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Rear crash protection is
rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are
measurements of head restraint geometry - the height of a restraint and its
horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. In the
roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a roof at a
displacement rate of 0.2 inch per second. To earn a good rating for rollover
protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle's weight
before reaching five inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over
85 authorized dealers across Canada.
Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 568-4959
Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276
SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.
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