On December 8, Nissan North America announced that it was awarded the 2017 Top Safety Pick+â€•the highest honor for crash safetyâ€•by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) for three of its models.
The three Nissan models selected for this honor were the Rogue (the X-Trail, in Japan) for the small SUV category and the Altima (the Teana, in Japan) and Maxima for the midsize car category. All three vehicles are equipped with crash prevention safety features such as automatic brakes.
To be awarded IIHSâ€™ Top Safety Pick, each vehicle must receive a â€œgoodâ€ ratingâ€•the highest ratingâ€•in all categories of crashworthiness testing, which consists of small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats. Moreover, the Top Safety Pick is also awarded to vehicles that receive a â€œbasicâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.
To qualify for the even higher Top Safety Pick+ award, each vehicle must earn a good rating for the aforementioned categories in addition to receiving an â€œadvancedâ€ or â€œsuperiorâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.
Upon receiving IIHSâ€™ highest honor, Nissan North Americaâ€™s vice president (Product Planning) Michael Bunce said, â€œI am truly proud and honored to have so many of our vehicles be recognized for safety performance by the IIHS.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)