Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 2:06 pm
According to a recent article in USA Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that 3 large automobiles received its Top Safety Pick following recent crash tests. Those vehicles are:
• The Lincoln Continental
• The Mercedes Benz E Class
• Toyota Avalon
Cars tested that did not receive the top rating included:
• Tesla Model S
• Ford Taurus
• Chevrolet Impala
According to a spokesman for IIHS, the Tesla, Impala and Taurus all had difficulty with the small overlap front crash test.This test was introduced in 2012 to test the cars ability to handle a collision on its front driver side corner as if it were hitting a telephone pole. The Kia Credenza also recently received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
David Zuby, vice president of IIHS, noted that although IIHS rates cars in all size categories, the top safety designation in a large car category is typically safer than the same rating in a small car category. Large cars by virtue of being large, are safer than smaller ones. “Large cars, by virtue of being large, are safer than smaller ones,” Zuby said.
In order to earn the Top Safety Pick, the car must pass 5 safety tests which measure how a car responds to small overlap frontal crash, moderate overlap front and side crashes as well as roof strength and effectiveness of the headrest.
Additionally, as of 2017, cars must also have a good or acceptable headlight rating.
Source: An article appearing in usatoday.com on July 6, 2017 entitled “Three Big Cars Get Top IIHS Crash Rating – – Not Tesla” by Diana Kruzman.