Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

IIHS Toughens Up Crash-Test Standards for 2018

IIHS Toughens Up Crash-Test Standards for 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has honored 15 vehicles with their Top Safety Pick+ honor.

Another 47 vehicles earned the next-tier Top Safety Pick award with Toyota producing the most vehicles on that list, followed by Hyundai with nine.

Toyota had the most vehicles on the top safety pick with 10 winning the award. "And Subaru continues to be a standout with four of their vehicles winning Top Safety Pick+". The 2018 Subaru Impreza, Legacy, Outback and WRX models earned the institute's highest Top Safety Pick+ award when those models are equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology and LED steering responsive headlights.

Every Subaru model except the BRZ coupe earned the rating. "Our new test is to try to achieve that", said Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Requirements for the awards became stricter this year, now demanding good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in front-end crashes. This year, a new test was included - simulating what happens when the front corner of the passenger's side smacks into a tree or pole.

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"Most drivers when they buy a vehicle they think the passenger is going to be protected as well as they are". In order to meet the top ranking, and in some instances, simply being a "Top Pick", the vehicle must be upgraded.

The new passenger-side small overlap test marks the first time IIHS has focused a crash test on the front passenger's safety.

IIHS is placing more emphasis on the impact of headlights on the safety rating of new vehicles.

Headlights that effectively light up the road are another area where the IIHS has raised its standards. Fifteen of those earning its highest award despite tougher criteria requiring better headlights and enhanced passenger side protection.

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