Nine 2012 Honda Models Earn Top Safety Pick by IIHS

January 19th, 2012 by

Safety is important to Honda and it should be important to our Jackson area Honda shoppers as they decide on their next car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives nine Honda models, including new 2012 Honda CR-V, the highest possible safety rating available.

The 2012 Honda IIHS Top Safety Pick Winners Are:

  • 2012 Honda Accord
  • 2012 Honda Civic
  • 2012 New Honda CR-V
  • 2012 Honda Fit
  • 2012 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Odyssey
  • 2012 Honda Pilot
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline

How does a car become a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS? By earning the highest-possible score of GOOD in all four of its test rating categories: frontal offset, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash (seat based). These ratings cover the most common kinds of crashes.

“We’re proud to have achieved IIHS TOP SAFETY TOP rating for nine new 2012 Honda models and three 2012 Acura models, making American Honda among the best in the industry with twelve vehicles with top-class IIHS safety ratings under their new, more stringent ratings protocols,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “In fact, 91% of American Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are TOP SAFETY PICKS. This accomplishment is part of a concerted effort we have made to reassert the Honda brand as a clear leader in this area.

Safety features you will find across the board on all Honda Cars, Trucks and SUVs are:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS
  • Side curtain airbags (some vehicles even come equiped with a rollover sensor as well

All 2012 award winning Honda models recognized by the IIHS, with the exception of the Ridgeline, utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways.