Subaru named only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models four years running

Subaru named only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models four 
years running 
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." 
About IIHS 
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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