IIHS announces safety awards for 2020 – IIHS News

We’re releasing our safety awards for
the 2020 model year. We have TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards. These
are the vehicles that achieve the highest ratings in both our crashworthiness evaluations and our collision avoidance evaluations. Both the TSP and
the TSP+ awards require that you receive a “good” rating in all six of our
crashworthiness evaluation tests. You also must receive an advanced or a
superior rating in our front crash prevention tests, both for the vehicle-to-vehicle interaction as well as the vehicle-to-pedestrian interaction. The
difference in the two awards is headlights. To receive a TSP award a
vehicle must have a “good” or “acceptable” rated headlight in at least one trim
level for a given model. To receive that TSP+ award, they must offer that “good” or “acceptable” rated headlight across all trim levels
for that model. The risk of being involved in a crash at night is much
greater than it is during the day. Therefore having good headlights that
allow you to see further down the road and allow you to see more of the roadside is
really important. It also allows you to see obstacles or be able to detect
unexpected situations much sooner and be able to respond to those situations and
hopefully stop and avoid a crash. For 2020 we added front crash
prevention ratings for pedestrians. This is the first time that we have a
criterion included that addresses a road user outside of the vehicle driver or
occupant themselves. This is really important because pedestrian fatalities
in the U.S. have risen dramatically over the last several years, up by 53% from
2009 to where we are today. Mazda and Hyundai were the standouts this year.
Mazda had five TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards and one TOP SAFETY PICK award. Hyundai
Motor Group, which includes the brands of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, had 14 TOP
SAFETY PICK winners and three TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners. Mitsubishi and Fiat
Chrysler are the two automakers that did not have any award winners in this
initial release. As in prior years, we will continue to evaluate vehicles
throughout the year, and, hopefully, they and other automakers will add to this
list as we move forward.

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