Honda and Acura Receive Seven IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Awards for 2008



    Receiving top crash safety ratings from IIHS are Acura MDX and RDX; and
    Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot

    TORRANCE, CA, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - A total of seven Honda and Acura models,
including the all-new 2008 Honda Accord, have earned the U.S. Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK award for 2008, the
highest rating possible from the nonprofit research organization. The annual
award recognizes vehicles that perform best in protecting passengers in the
Institute's front, side and rear crash test evaluations, and includes only
vehicles with electronic stability control - branded as Vehicle Stability
Assist(TM) (VSA(R)) on Honda and Acura vehicles - plus head protection
airbags.
    TOP SAFETY PICK awards for the Honda Division include the 2008 Accord,
CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot. TOP SAFETY PICK awards for the Acura
Division went to the 2008 MDX and RDX. Honda and Acura have the industry's
most TOP SAFETY PICK awards for vehicles where head protection airbags and
electronic stability control are standard equipment.
    Honda seeks to provide a high level of occupant protection and pedestrian
injury mitigation in all of its cars and trucks through a comprehensive and
evolving approach to vehicle safety. This process, which honors the company's
"Safety for Everyone" initiative introduced in 2003, benefits all new Honda
and Acura vehicles, regardless of size or price, while also increasing
compatibility with other types of vehicles in a frontal collision.
    The new 2008 Honda Accord exemplifies Honda's approach to safety. Every
Accord incorporates newly designed side-curtain airbags and dual-chamber,
front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System
(OPDS); and active front seat head restraints that are designed to help reduce
the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.
    The Accord's Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body
structure in the front of the vehicle makes it highly effective at absorbing
the energy of a frontal crash and helps minimize the potential for under-ride
or over-ride situations that can occur during head-on or offset-frontal
impacts with a significantly larger or smaller vehicle. Vehicle Stability
Assist and an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with brake assist are standard
equipment on every Accord.
    Additional standard safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold
front airbags, front seatbelts with automatic-tensioning systems and load
limiters, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the
vehicle. Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime running
lights are also standard equipment.





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