The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, recently awarded Honda as the “Top Safety Pick” class, with winners such as the 2014 Honda Civic, Odyssey and Accord.
Excluding the “Top Safety Pick” class, only four 2014 Honda models were named a Top Safety Pick+ including the Accord sedan and coupe, Civic Sedan, and Odyssey, which is the only minivan left to earn this designation.
Honda’s Civic coupe was entitled as a Top Safety Pick. Adding on to it, the 2014 Acura MDX and the RLX each got Top Safety Pick+ status with the 2014 Acura TL receiving a Top Safety Pick rating.
Only 39 vehicles earned its “Top Safety Pick” ratings for 2014, which is too low when compared with 130 vehicles earning the same in 2013.
The IIHS said that the highest designation, which is the Top Safety Pick+ class is earned by 22 vehicles. As per the IIHS reports, another 17 vehicles won the Top Safety Pick award.
Adrian Lund, the IIHS President said in a statement that the organization has made the rules more strict for the manufacturers this year, which will be followed by a gradual phase-in, the small overlap crash is now part of our basic battery of tests, and good or acceptable performance should be part of every vehicle’s safety credentials.
According to him, the organization is also planning to offer extra recognition to manufacturers that are offering a proven crash avoidance technology.
IIHS’s new criteria will require good performance in tests for moderate and small overlap for frontal crashes, as well as side protection, roof strength and head restraints.
Extra credit will be given to automakers who have front crash avoidance systems, which will as a result help them earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating.