On December 8, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS) announced that five of its models were awarded the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S.
The five models selected for this honor are the all-new Prius and Corolla for the small car category, the Camry and PriusÎ± for the midsize car category and the RAV4 for the small SUV category. All five 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€â€•the second best ratingâ€•or a â€œsuperiorâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation. Moreover, from 2016, the IIHS has begun evaluating headlights and either a â€œgoodâ€ or â€œacceptableâ€ rating is required for the Top Safety Pick+.
Upon receiving IIHSâ€™ highest honor, TMSâ€™ Chief Quality Officer (North American Quality Task Force) Dino Triantafyllos said, â€œToyota will continue to place emphasis on the safety and security of its customers.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)