Subaru improved occupant protection in small overlap crashes with
The 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek join the Forester, Legacy and
Outback in achieving a 2013 TSP+ award.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
pleased to announce that the 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek earn
a 2013 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in each of the
Institute's crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap
front test. These ratings apply to both 4- and 5-door body styles of
the Impreza, excluding WRX/STI.
Beginning with 2014 models, Subaru made changes to improve occupant
protection in small overlap frontal crashes. Structural reinforcements,
as well as changes to curtain airbag placement, have been made to both
the 2014 Subaru Impreza and the XV Crosstrek. The front frame can now
better absorb impact energy sustained during a small overlap front
crash. The ring-shaped reinforcement frame has also been strengthened
to protect against deformation in the event of a crash.
The Institute added the small overlap test to its lineup of vehicle
safety evaluations last year. It replicates what happens when the front
corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or
a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the
driver side strikes a five-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
Among the current models the Institute has rated, five Subaru models -
the Forester, Legacy, Outback and now Impreza and XV Crosstrek - have
earned a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. For the 2013 award, winners must
earn good ratings for occupant protection in four of the five
evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.
"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."
"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 enhanced
design provides excellent protection with the structure increasing
cabin rigidity and absorbing impact energy from any direction. This
proprietary design has helped our 2014 Impreza and XV Crosstrek earn
top honours alongside the rest of Subaru's lineup."
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. For more
information, visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca.
SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.
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