Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Latest List of Safest Vehicles

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Latest List of Safest Vehicles

A total of 11 Toyota and Lexus models were included in the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award winners.

"Automakers have really come to grips with the fact that safety is an important component of consumer choice, and they are working hard to meet the criteria", Lund said, USA Today reported.

The organization has long used crash tests as a key element for rating vehicles, including hits to the front driver's side, but this year the institute added a new test: crashes to the front on the passenger side.

Headlights also had to perform to standards in another new test in order to earn top ratings.

"We're pleased to have so many vehicles recognized by IIHS, especially with the completely redesigned 2018 Camry receiving its highest safety award", said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America.

This year, only 15 vehicles met the stricter criteria for the TPS+ award and another 47 earned the regular TPS (without the +) award. The Institute developed the passenger-side small overlap front crash test after it became clear that some manufacturers weren't paying sufficient attention to the passenger side as they made improvements to achieve better performance in the driver-side small overlap front test.


The Institute's headlight ratings also are relatively new, with the first ones released in March 2016.

Overall, Hyundai posted six vehicles and Subaru four in the "Top Pick Plus" category. Kia and Subaru models were among the highest rated; no minivans, pickups or mini-cars made the cut.

The full list of Top Safety Pick winners is available here.

"All automakers have pledged to make auto braking standard equipment on their vehicles by 2022", said Lund. The track tests, which measure how well low beams and high beams illuminate the road ahead on the one hand, and the amount of glare they produce for drivers of oncoming vehicles on the other.

"The improvements in occupant protection have been wonderful over the past decades", he said in a statement.

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