Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all
models for the fourth consecutive year (2010-2013).
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to
announce that the completely redesigned 2014 Forester has earned the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top award for good
performance in its moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear
impact evaluations. This distinction has helped Subaru become the only
automaker to earn a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK for every model it builds.
"Safety is always top of mind 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. "Subaru's ring-shaped reinforcement
frame has been proven in more than a decade of use. This design
provides excellent protection with the structure increasing cabin
rigidity and absorbing impact energy from any direction."
TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best
job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes
based on 'good' ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of
Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with 'good' as the top rank
possible in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic
"For four consecutive years, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer
with the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK awards for every
model it builds," said Institute president Adrian Lund. "Subaru
deserves praise for making safety a top priority."
To qualify for a TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must have good ratings for
occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal, side impact,
rollover and rear tests. IIHS rates vehicles as good, acceptable,
marginal or poor based on performance. The Institute's frontal
crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of a 40 mph moderate
overlap frontal crash. Side evaluations are based on performance in a
crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving
at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV.
Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure.
Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint
geometry - the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind
the back of an average-size man. In the roof strength test, a metal
plate is pushed against one side of a roof at a displacement rate of
0.2 inch per second. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the
roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle's weight before
reaching five inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight
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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