More new cars win TOP SAFETY PICK award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given a record number of new automobiles their TOP SAFETY PICK award for the 2012 model year. Automobiles of all descriptions from mini cars to luxury sedans to pickup trucks have increased their safety ratings to earn the coveted safety award.

To earn the TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must protect the occupants of the vehicle in head-on collisions, side impact collisions, rollover crashes and rear-end collisions.

The IIHS is a non-profit organization which is funded by automobile insurance companies and conducts research and product ratings for passenger vehicles and child safety seats. It seeks to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and reduce passenger injuries and property damage.

Electronic Stability Control

The U.S. Government started requiring electronic stability control (ESC) in all motor vehicles starting with model year 2012. ESC is a computerized technology which avoids loss of control accidents by improving a vehicle’s stability by detecting and minimizing skids.

Roof Strength

Many manufacturers redesigned their roofs to make them stronger to protect occupants in rollover car accidents and this allowed these vehicles to make the list. The IIHS requires a rating of “GOOD” in rollover crash tests to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK award. Rollover motor vehicle accidents account for approximately 25% of all car accident fatalities. Improving roof strength, implementing ESC and side airbags reduces injuries and fatalities in rollover crashes.

The IIHS started testing roof strength in 2009 and manufacturers took heed and implemented stronger roofs.


Subaru is the only auto manufacturer that earned the TOP SAFETY PICK award for every vehicle it manufactures including its small car, the Impreza.

New Winners for 2012

These vehicles earned the TOP SAFETY PICK award for the first time in 2012:

Minicars: Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris
Small Cars: Honda CR-Z, Honda Insight, Scion xD, Subaru Impreza
Midsize moderately priced cars: Buick Verano, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius v
Midsize luxury/near luxury cars: Acura TL, Acura T
Small SUVs: Honda CR-V
Midsize luxury SUVs: Acura MDX, BMW X3, Mercedes M-Class
Large Pickups: Honda Ridgeline
For a complete listing of all the winners, see the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Winners List.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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