Every 2008 Subaru Rated 'Top Safety Pick' by IIHS



    Best Performers in Front, Side and Rear Crashworthiness Evaluation
    Program

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to
announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated
every vehicle in the Subaru lineup as a 'Top Safety Pick' when equipped with
Vehicle Dynamics Control, an electronic stability control (ESC) system.
    The 2008 Subaru Impreza, Legacy/Outback, Forester and Tribeca all
received the highest accolade from the IIHS, which helps consumers identify
those vehicles that provide the best overall protection and reduce the risk of
occupant injury in a crash.
    "We commend Subaru for producing these vehicles, which meet the
Institute's demanding Top Safety Pick criteria," said Adrian Lund, Ph.D., IIHS
president. "This is an elite group of cars with outstanding crashworthiness."
    According to the IIHS, front and side impacts are the most common kinds
of fatal crashes, killing nearly 75 percent of vehicle occupants who died in
2005. Rear-end crashes usually aren't fatal, but they result in a large
proportion of the injuries that occur in crashes. About 60 percent of
insurance injury claims in 2002 reported minor neck sprains and strains.
    The 2008 Subaru Impreza recently became the first Small Car ever to be
named a Top Safety Pick, largely because it offers Vehicle Dynamics Control as
an option - ESC is now a requirement for Top Safety Pick designation. Vehicle
Dynamics Control can help drivers maintain control during emergency maneuvers
when their vehicles otherwise might spin out. Institute research indicates
that an ESC system reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes by 56
percent and fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32 percent. Many single-vehicle
crashes involve rolling over, and ESC reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle
rollovers by 80 percent (SUVs) and 77 percent (cars).

    How the vehicles are evaluated
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    The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results
of frontal offset crash tests at 40 mph.
    Each vehicle's overall side evaluation is based on performance in a crash
test in which the side of the vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph
that represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect the
likelihood that a driver and/or passenger in a real-world crash would have
sustained serious injury.
    Rear crash protection tests simulate a collision in which a stationary
vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph.
    For more information about the IIHS and its safety testing, please visit
the Institute's website at www.iihs.org. To learn more about the Subaru
lineup, go to www.subaru.ca.





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