Japanese and Korean cars lead IIHS Safety Awards

25 out of the 30 cars in the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ and 22 out of 27 cars in the 'Top Safety Pick' award winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests came from either Japanese or Korean carmakers.

IIHS has published a list of 57 cars across 2 categories for their Top Safety Pick choices. Out of the 57 models, 30 came under the Plus category, with the remaining 27 in the other category. The Plus category cars secured the highest ratings for passenger-side protection with good headlights while those in the next category got acceptable or higher in both passenger-side and headlight tests. All the 57 tested models received good rating in the other crashworthiness tests.

To be eligible for the Plus category, cars must receive a good rating for the passenger-side small overlap frontal test and must also have a good rating for the night-time headlight test. All 57 cars come with Autonomous Emergency Braking. The AEB and headlight criterion were added to lower the chances of a crash. Further, IIHS requires the passenger-side offset test as they have come across manufacturers strengthening only the driver side.

Last year, a rating of good or acceptable in the passenger-side offset test was enough to secure the top award. This has now been revised to good. Models with an acceptable or good rating will now be categorised in the ‘Top Safety Pick’ section.

Manufacturers like Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler were awarded. Brands like FCA’s Jeep, Dodge and Ram, GM’s Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC, Ford, Lincoln and Tesla failed to qualify for both the awards. Volvo has not yet qualified due to missing passenger-side overlap crash test results.

For the full list, refer to this link.

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