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Safest Vehicles For 2007 Chosen By Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

In a press release today, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety listed its top picks for vehicle safety. No U.S. vehicles made the list of 13 Top Safety Picks, in part because the Institute made electronic stability control (ESC) a requirement this year. Many imports have this important safety feature, but American manufacturers have been slow to adopt the technology.

Here is the list from the Institute:

WINNERS Large car
Audi A6 manufactured in Dec. 2006 and later Midsize cars
Audi A4
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy equipped with optional electronic stability control Minivans
Hyundai Entourage
Kia SedonaLuxury SUVs
Mercedes M class
Volvo XC90Midsize SUVs
Acura RDX
Honda Pilot
Subaru B9 TribecaSmall SUVs
Honda CR-V
Subaru Forester equipped with optional electronic stability control
ALSO-RANS Rear protection isn’t good
These vehicles earned good ratings in front and side crash tests. They have electronic stability control, standard or optional. They would have won 2007 TOP SAFETY PICK awards if their seat/head restraints also had earned good ratings. Instead rear crash protection is rated acceptable, marginal, or poor (Honda reports that the seat/head restraints in the only Civic model with electronic stability control wouldn’t be rated good). Acceptable rear protection
Audi A3
BMW 3-series 4dr
Lexus IS 250/350 Marginal rear protection
Acura TL
Honda Odyssey
Lexus ES 350
Lexus GS 350
Toyota Camry
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota Prius
Toyota RAV4Poor rear protection
Honda Accord 4dr
Infiniti M35
Nissan Quest
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Sienna

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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