Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2015 Subaru WRX Wins Safety Award from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI models among the safest vehicles after various crash tests.  The redesigned Subaru WRX scored "good" on all of the agency's crash tests, earning it a 2014 Top Safety Pick Award.  The agency's tests include the five following safety tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats. 
The WRX and WRX STI models did well in the new small overlap front crash test which works by having the vehicle crash into another vehicle or object with the impact hitting the front corner of the car.  "In the small overlap test, the structure of the WRX held up, and the driver's space was maintained well," the IIHS said in a statement on Monday quoted by Edmunds. "The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries. The dummy's head made good contact with the front airbag which stayed in position during the crash. The side airbag deployed with enough forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects."
The WRX and WRX STI also includes a driver's knee airbag among their redesigned safety features. Neither vehicle has been rated for safety yet by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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