More than 20 vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ for 2014, the equivalent of an actor being awarded an Oscar for a stellar performance in a film. Of those, 17 received the Top Safety Pick by simply meeting the crashworthiness standards. Officials with the IIHS this year established new and tougher criteria when it came to their safety ratings. In order to earn the title of a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle had to not only perform well in front and side tests, but roof strength as well as head-restraint tests were measured.
As auto accident attorneys, our Pasco County Injury Lawyers know that crashworthiness is one of the most important factors when selecting a new or used vehicle. IIHS tests assess two aspects of safety: Crashworthiness – how well a vehicle will protect its occupants in the event of a collision – and Crash Avoidance and Mitigation – technology that can thwart a crash or reduce its severity.
2014 Top Safety Pick+:
Honda Civic 4-door
Mazda built after October 2013
Toyota built after November 2013
Midsize Moderately Priced Cars
Honda Accord 2-door
Honda Accord 4-door
Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury Cars
Large Luxury Cars
Mazda-CX-5 built after October 2013
Midsize luxury SUVs
Mercedes-Benz- M-Class built after August 2013
The Honda Fit, Fiat 500, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Toyota Prius C and Mitsubishi Mirage all received poor scores from the IIHS. The Mazda 2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta all earned marginal scores.
Just one car among the 2013 and 2014 models tested received a satisfactory rating in the small city and minicars test, the Chevrolet Spark. The Spark is the only one in the group of 11 cars to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation.
Choosing a vehicle with the right amount of protection is vital when making a vehicle purchase. If you were injured, or if someone you love was injured in an unfortunate auto accident, a Pasco County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you pursue financial compensation for your suffering. Please call us today at 727-847-2299 or fill out a free online case evaluation form.