TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - Subaru today announced that for the second
consecutive year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has
recognized it as the only automotive manufacturer with a 2011 TOP
SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes.
"We know our customers take their safety very seriously and so we are
very pleased that IIHS has recognized us again as the only manufacturer
with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner for all its models," said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO
of Subaru Canada, Inc. "This is an outstanding success and a tribute to
the engineering that goes into our products. The IIHS reinforces to our
customers that Subaru maintains the highest standards to produce
vehicles that are fun-to-drive, durable, reliable as well as safe."
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
"Subaru is the only manufacturer with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every
vehicle class in which it competes," said IIHS president Adrian Lund.
"The vehicles that earn this designation are the cream of the crop for
protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes, and they have
electronic stability control for helping drivers stay out of many
The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results
of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle's overall evaluation
is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment,
injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and
analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system
controlled dummy movement during the test.
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. Ratings reflect injury
measures recorded on 2-instrumented SID-IIs dummies representing a
small (5th percentile) woman, assessment of head protection
countermeasures, and the vehicle's structural performance during the
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 the head of an average size man. Seat/head restraints with
good or acceptable geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that
measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a
stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good
or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can't be
positioned to protect many people.
In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a
roof at a constant speed. 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 ratio. For an acceptable rating, the minimum
required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A marginal rating value is
2.5. Anything lower than that is rated poor.
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.
SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.
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