December 24, 2012

Subaru named only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all models four years running

Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognised 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 August 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 recognised us again as the only manufacturer with 2013 Top Safety Picks for all models."

"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."


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