On December 7, Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announced that its Outlander was awarded the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the highest safety rating awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S.
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+.
The Outlander for the U.S. market comes equipped with loads of safety features including forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Upon receiving IIHSâ€™ highest honor, MMNAâ€™s Executive VP & COO Don Swearingen said, â€œAt Mitsubishi Motors we are committed to safety and providing the best value for our customers.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)