2010 IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards,Just Part Of A Story That SmellsWritten by gary on November 24th, 2009
On November 18, 2009, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued a news release headlined: “27 Winners of 2010 Top Safety Pick Award.” Within the release, IIHS states: “Missing the mark: Not a single model from the world’s biggest automaker by sales is represented among this year’s winners. Toyota and its Lexus and Scion subsidiaries had a strong showing in 2009 with 11 winners but were shut out for 2010.” How can this be?
Well, This is the first year IIHS has included its own roof strength tests, which exceed federal standards, for TSP consideration. All Toyota vehicles meet or exceed Federal Safety Standards for frontal and side impact, roof crush resistance and rollover protection. Yet for IIHS’ roof tests only three Toyota vehicles out of 38 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models were tested.
Toyota is confident its vehicles are among the safest on the road today and is committed to the highest levels of vehicle safety and quality.
In 2009, Toyota won more IIHS Top Safety Pick (TSP) awards than any other manufacturer. Toyota continues to improve vehicle passive and active safety, including improvement of past winners of IIHS TSP.
IIHS’ statement that Toyota was shut out for 2010 is extreme, disturbing, and very misleading! There are 38 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models, and yet, IIHS only tested three for roof strength: Camry, RAV4 and Yaris… I have to say it, with all the domestic bailouts and government control agendas in Washington presently this really smells…
While passive collision protection is very important, Toyota also provides an array of active, passive, pre-collision and collision avoidance features. The “Star Safety System” is standard equipment on all Toyota and Lexus models.
This article writer owns a number of Toyota vehicles mostly older and they are the most reliable trouble free automobiles I’ve owned. Also, recently while a passenger in a new Toyota I experienced a head-on collision caused by another motorist. The accident impact occurred at 50 M.P.H and the Toyota saved my life. All of the standard engineered safety features, The Star Safety System, Frame Tailored Blanks, and Crumple Zones went into action as designed preventing the damage impact from penetrating the cabin area; If only all victims of this type of accident could be inside a Toyota….
The Insurance Institute’s ratings are just one of many vehicle safety and quality metrics. They do not parallel this writer’s personal experiences.