Redesigned Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test from IIHS and
achieves TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation for safety performance.
Subaru Forester is the only small SUV to earn overall rating of "Good."
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. is thrilled to
announce that the 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace
every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test
conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The
Forester is the only one of 13 small SUVs tested to earn an overall
rating of "Good" in the test, netting the Institute's recently
inaugurated top honour TOP SAFETY PICK+.
"With the redesigned Forester, Subaru's engineers set out to do well in
our new test and they succeeded," said Joe Nolan, the Institute's vice
president for vehicle research. "This is exactly how we hoped
manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these
kinds of serious frontal crashes."
"Safety performance drives us as we aim to inspire confidence and peace
of mind on every road in all conditions," said Shiro Ohta, president
and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "Being the only one of 13 small SUVs to
ace every aspect of the IIHS's challenging new test and achieve optimal
safety ratings is a testament to the emphasis we have always placed on
This is not the first time that the Forester has stood out in a new IIHS
crash test. When the Institute first rated small SUVs for side
protection in 2003, the Subaru model performed the best and was one of
only two to earn good ratings.
IIHS added the small overlap test to its lineup of vehicle safety
evaluations last year. Most vehicles today are designed to do well in
the government's full-width front crash test and in the Institute's
moderate overlap front test, but that is no guarantee of good
performance in a small overlap crash. In a 2009 IIHS study of vehicles
with good ratings for frontal crash protection, small overlap crashes
accounted for nearly a quarter of the frontal crashes involving serious
or fatal injury to front seat occupants.
The Forester helps bring the number of TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners to 20.
The award is based on performance in the small overlap front test as
well as in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests.
To qualify, a vehicle must earn good ratings in four of the five tests
and no less than acceptable in the fifth.
This award builds on Subaru's safety reputation and is the first IIHS
designation for 2014 model year Subaru vehicles. Subaru is the only
manufacturer with 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick for all models and the only
brand with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all models for four years running
(2010-2013). The 2014 Forester is the third Subaru vehicle to earn the
TSP+ award. The 2013 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback (built after
August 2012) were awarded the Institute's 2013 TSP+ designation in late
2012. The award requires a "Good" or "Acceptable" rating in the
Institute's new small overlap frontal crash test in addition to meeting
the base "TSP" award criteria.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit
scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the
losses - deaths, injuries and property damage - from crashes on the
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.
SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.
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