THE TOP SAFETY PICKS FOR 2010 CARS
Are You Protected in a Car Accident?
It's not the Emmy's, but it is very important to automakers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its "top safety pick" today to 19 passenger cars and eight sport utility vehicles for the 2010 model year.
And the winners were . . .
Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
Chrysler Sebring 4-door with optional electronic stability control
Dodge Avenger with optional electronic stability control
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Passat sedan
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Subaru Impreza except WRX
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
Toyota Motor Corp., BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. were shut out in the annual IIHS review.
According to IIHS' news release, Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover car crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control, which research shows significantly reduces crash risk.
"With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all 4 of the most common kinds of crashes," says Institute president Adrian Lund.
A new requirement for strong roofs recognizes manufacturers with vehicles that provide good protection in rollover car accidents, which kill more than 9,000 people in passenger vehicles each year. The Institute estimates that stronger roofs reduce the risk of serious and fatal injury in single-vehicle rollover car accidents by about 50 percent compared with roofs meeting the minimum requirement.
Front and side impacts and rollover car accidents killed 24,056 passenger vehicle occupants in 2008. Rear-end crashes usually aren't fatal but result in a large proportion of automobile crash injuries. Neck sprain or strain is the most commonly reported injury in two-thirds of insurance claims for injuries in all kinds of crashes.
Even people in the Top Safety Picks cars get injured when a negligent driver hits them. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida car accident, click here to schedule a free case consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. As a prior car accident victim, Attorney Matthew Noyes understands the upheaval a car accident can have on your life.