Subaru Vehicles Earn Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Ratings for 2017MY

  • Four Subaru models named Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional EyeSight
  • Legacy once again earns TSP designation, making Subaru's midsize sedan the longest running IIHS TSP for 12 years in a row (2006-2017)
  • Subaru Forester extends its record as the longest running TSP in the small SUV class with an 11th win (2007-2017)

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that for the 2017 model year, four Subaru models have once again received top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Legacy, Outback, Forester and Crosstrek earned "good" ratings across all five of the IIHS evaluation criteria as well as an "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention.

For 2017 IIHS once again toughened the criteria for earning a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation, this time by adding in more stringent requirements for headlights to reflect new evaluations launched this year. For both Top designations the vehicle must earn "good" ratings in the Institute's small overlap front, moderate overlap front, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention with standard or optional autobrake. In order to carry the TSP+ rating, headlights must now receive a "good" or acceptable" rating.

Among 2017 models only seven vehicles are available with "good" rated headlights, amongst them the Subaru Legacy midsize sedan. "Manufacturers are focusing on improving this basic safety equipment," said Adrian Lund, IIHS president, and we're confident that the winners' list will grow as the year progresses."

In addition to earning the TSP+ designation, select Subaru vehicles built on their impressive safety records by once again setting industry benchmarks. The Subaru Legacy continued its streak as the longest running midsize sedan by receiving top safety ratings for an astounding 12th year in a row, while the Forester extended its title as the longest running winner in the small SUV category with a record 11th win.

Nearly eight percent of 2017 TSP+ winners were Subaru models, performing well above the brand's growing Canadian market share and solidifying Subaru's reputation for world-class safety.

"Safety continues to be one of Subaru's core values," said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc.  "We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to safety as we design and develop core technologies such as the Subaru Global Platform, to meet the safety standards of the future."

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 92 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "2017 Subaru Forester (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161208_C1229_PHOTO_EN_835273.jpg

Image with caption: "2017 Subaru Legacy (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161208_C1229_PHOTO_EN_835438.jpg

For further information: Julie Lychak, (905) 568-4959, jlychak@subaru.ca; Naomi Kislanski, (905) 568-4959, nkislanski@subaru.ca; Sebastien Lajoie, Media Relations, Quebec Region, (514) 336-0600, slajoie@subaru.ca

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