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Forbes.com has done an analysis of vehicle testing and come up with a list of the 15 safest new models. In general they are midsize sedans, wagons and small SUV’s. On this list is only one vehicle made by General Motors and none made by Ford or Chrysler.

The list was compiled based on crash-test and rollover data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Forbes used a system of points awarded for specific features such as effectiveness of seat belts and anti-rollover stability.

The companies most often featured on the list are Acura, Honda and Subaru. Honda has five vehicles on the 15-vehicle list and Subaru has three (Legacy, Impreza and Tribeca).

The 72 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The Forbes.com conclusions give strong preference to foreign cars but the IIHS found many American cars to be safe. They released their findings in December, 2008. To be an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the vehicle must offer electronic stability control, have a Good rating for head-restraint safety, and get the highest ratings for front, side and rear crash protection.

Most cars today earn a Good rating for front crash safety but not all get a Good for side or rear impact. Besides the 72 Top Safety Picks, an additional 26 cars got high ratings on all except their head-restraint design.

Here are some of the Safety Picks in six of the categories:

  • Large cars

Acura RL, Cadillac CTS, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon and Volvo S80

  • Midsize cars

Audi A3, A4, BMW 3 Series sedan, Honda Accord sedan, Saab 9-3 and Subaru Legacy

  • Small cars

Honda Civic sedan, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru impreza, all with optional ESC and the Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door

  • Large SUV’s

Audi Q7, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook

  • Midsize SUV’s

Ford Edge, Flex and Taurus X, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes M Class, Subaru Tribeca, and Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • Small SUV’s

Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester

Automobile accidents can always happen, regardless of how safe all our vehicles are. Even the largest SUV’s and pickups are at a severe disadvantage when encountering a big rig. Be sure you have adequate medical coverage in your car insurance.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a road accident, and need some legal advice and support, please call or email our personal injury law office today for a free case evaluation.


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