Four 2013 model year small cars, the Acura ILX, Ford Escape, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ were just awarded the “Top Safety Pick” award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
To receive the award, the vehicle must receive a good performance in the following categories:
- Moderate overlap frontal test — this test measures how occupants of a motor vehicle fare in a front-end car accident when the force of impact is not head-on and the front crumple zone is impacted. Approximately 50% of those killed in motor vehicle accidents die in frontal crashes. This test insures that occupant compartments are strong and protect passengers along with seat belts and airbags.
- Side crash test — this test measures how passengers fare in side impact crashes. Approximately 25% of those killed in car accidents die in side impact or t-bone auto accidents.
- Roof strength test — this test measures how a vehicle would far in a rollover car accident. More than 10,000 people die every year in rollover accidents. Roof strength tests how much the roof is crushed when a metal plate is pushed against one side of the roof. The auto industry has added Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to vehicles which can prevent a rollover accident in the first place.
- Rear Test — this test measures the head restraint system and how it protects motorists in rear-end car accidents. Head restraint systems are important because they can prevent a whiplash injury in a rear-end car accident.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and those with whiplash injuries.
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