Acura RL earns top rating in iihs side impact crash evaluation



    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The Acura RL luxury performance sedan has been
awarded the highest possible rating (GOOD) given by the U.S.-based Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for side impact crash protection. The GOOD
rating validates Acura's extensive efforts and commitment to vehicle safety.
    According to the information released by IIHS, their announcement shows a
range of performance for various large cars in the institute's side impact
crash test. IIHS reports that side impacts are the second most common fatal
crash type after frontal crashes.
    The latest GOOD rating in Side Impact Collision Evaluation (SICE) adds to
the existing GOOD rating for IIHS' frontal offset crash test for the Acura RL.
Further evidence to RL safety performance is the 5-Star rating (the highest
rating possible) in all three of the U.S.-based National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) governmental ratings tests that
include frontal and side impact crash tests, as well as a rollover rating.
    The IIHS' rigorous SICE test is expressed with performance ratings of
good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on a crash test in which a barrier
designed to represent the front end of a typical SUV or pickup truck strikes
the tested vehicle in the side at 31 mph (50 km/h).
    Key components to the RL's outstanding NHTSA and IIHS crash test ratings
includes its Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure
for added protection and improved compatibility in frontal crashes along with
the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags for both
driver and front passenger, side airbags for the driver and front passenger,
plus side curtain airbags for all outboard occupants.

    Acura is the technologically advanced performance division of Honda
Canada Inc. Six vehicles (CSX, TSX, RDX, TL, RL and MDX) are marketed under
the Acura brand. Both the Acura CSX luxury compact sedan and the MDX luxury
sport utility vehicle are produced at the Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in
Alliston, Ontario.





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