Monday, 11 December, 2017

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Latest List of Safest Vehicles

A total of eleven Toyota and Lexus vehicles are 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award winners with the new 2018 Camry receiving its highest award the TOP SAFETY PICK These 15 vehicles are IIHS' top safety picks for 2018
Theresa Hayes | 08 December, 2017, 00:55

Two vehicle manufacturers-Hyundai and Subaru-garnered the lion's share of the highest-level safety awards for 2018 presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Toyota had the most vehicles on the top safety pick with 10 winning the award.

The IIHS gave the award to only 15 vehicles, compared to 69 previous year.

New model-year 2018 vehicles to earn the plus designation include the BMW 5 Series; Genesis G80 and G90; Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport; Kia Forte sedan and Soul; Lincoln Continental; Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and GLC; Subaru Impreza, WRX, Legacy and Outback; and Toyota Camry. As a whole, foreign models edged out American models for safety.

Headlights that effectively light up the road are another area where the IIHS has raised its standards.

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

He says the passenger side crash test was developed "after it became clear that some manufacturers weren't paying enough attention to passenger side protection". 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. Check out the full list of models that qualify.

Rather than design elements, Lund said headlights should be treated as safety features to help avoid a crash at night.

The first official passenger-side ratings were released in October, following research tests a year ago.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", Lund said. Fifteen of those earning its highest award despite tougher criteria requiring better headlights and enhanced passenger side protection.

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