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Subaru named only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models four years running

December 21, 2012

All Subaru models have received a 2013 TSP, while Legacy and Outback
earn 2013 TSP+ in rigorous new crash test

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to
announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has
recognized Subaru as the only automaker earning a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK
award for every model it builds. This is the fourth consecutive year
Subaru has earned this distinction. New for 2013, Subaru’s Legacy and
Outback models (built after Aug. 2012) have also won the brand new TOP
SAFETY PICK+ accolade.

To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, IIHS has newly
created the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, which requires good ratings for
occupant protection in at least four of five IIHS evaluations,
including the new Small Overlap test, with no less than acceptable in
any test . IIHS introduced the small overlap test in 2012 to further
improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. While most automakers
design their vehicles for good performance in the IIHS moderate overlap
frontal test and the federal government’s full-width frontal test, many
haven’t addressed the issue of small overlap crashes, which can account
for nearly a quarter of all frontal crashes involving serious or fatal
injury to front seat occupants. This test replicates what happens when
the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or a static
object like a tree or utility pole. The IIHS will announce additional
winners as it continues to test models. Results for small SUVs are
expected this spring.

“The Subaru safety story begins right from the inception of every Subaru
vehicle,” said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “We
are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized us again as the only
manufacturer with 2013 TOP SAFETY PICKS for all models.”

TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best
job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes
based on ‘good’ ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of
Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with ‘good’ as the top rank
possible in Institute tests.

“For four consecutive years, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer
with the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK awards for every
model it builds,” said Institute president Adrian Lund. “Subaru
deserves praise for making safety a top priority.”

About IIHS

To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must have good ratings for
occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal, side impact,
rollover and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap rating. IIHS
rates vehicles as good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on
performance. The Institute’s frontal crashworthiness evaluations are
based on results of a 40 mph moderate overlap frontal crash. Side
evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side
of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier
represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Rear crash protection is
rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the
ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry – the height of a
restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an
average-size man. In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed
against one side of a roof at a displacement rate of 0.2 inch per
second. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must
withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching
five inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.


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