At Subaru of Niagara, we love talking up the safety of our cars and SUVs. We do it with good reason, too – we keep winning awards for it. With the 2015 Outback and Legacy joining the ranks, Subaru is the only manufacturer to receive top ratings for all models for the past five years (2010 – 2014). The awards that Subaru earns are not given by just any organization though; one of those bodies is the IIHS, the biggest name in road safety testing in North America!
MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF RESEARCH
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a not-for profit, USA based organization that is dedicated to reducing the losses, both human and monetary, resulting from accidents on the road. The organization was founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations that represent 80% of the US auto insurance market. Since the late 1960s, the Institute has functioned as an independent, science based research organization dedicated to finding and developing a multitude of options for reducing loss related to automobiles. It focuses on human, vehicle, and physical environment factors that affect highway safety across the USA and through its research has helped steadily lower road fatalities over the past 40 years through improvements in vehicle safety as well as to driver behaviour and roadway design.*
RESEARCH AND DESIGN INFLUENCE
The IIHS acquires its vehicle safety data through its own Vehicle Research Centre. The VRC has been open since 1992 and, through strenuous and constantly evolving crash tests, has encouraged manufacturers to develop safer and safer vehicles. The organization’s research has led to developments in crash avoidance technology like the EyeSight® system with automatic braking technology and the multi-angle rearview cameras that you’ll find in a variety of older models, as well as standard on new 2015 Subarus!
You can visit the IIHS to read up on the test results of all Subaru vehicles, and see how we’ve dominated the TOP SAFETY PICKs categories throughout the past decade.
Check out this video of the small overlap crash test for the 2015 Legacy from the Institute:
At Subaru of Niagara we take the safety of you and your family seriously. To experience the safety, capability and fun of driving a Subaru, visit us today!