Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all models
for the fourth consecutive year (2010-2013).
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to
announce that the completely redesigned 2014 Forester has earned the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top award for good performance in its
moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact evaluations. This
distinction has helped Subaru become the only automaker to earn a 2013 TOP
SAFETY PICK for every model it builds.
"Safety is always top of mind as we aim to inspire confidence and peace of
mind on every road in all conditions," said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of
Subaru Canada, Inc. "Subaru's ring-shaped reinforcement frame has been proven
in more than a decade of use. This design provides excellent protection with
the structure increasing cabin rigidity and absorbing impact energy from any
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.
Winners also must have electronic stability control.
"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 a TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must have good ratings for occupant
protection in the moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rollover and rear
tests. 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 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 ratio.
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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