Mazda USA announced on July 11 that all of the cars they submitted for safety testing to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) this year earned the institute’s highest rating, the “2017 Top Safety Pick Plus.”
The cars that Mazda submitted for testing were the new model CX-5, CX-9, CX-3, Mazda3, and Mazda6.
According to the announcement from the IIHS, out of the 16 car manufacturers that produced cars that were tested this year, Mazda was the only one for which all of the cars they submitted attained the institute’s highest ranking. This was due to all of Mazda’s cars doing well on all of the different points tested during the safety rating, including the newest test of headlight functionality that was added from this year.
These IIHS tests demonstrate the preventative safety functionality of Mazda’s Impact Damage Diminishing brakes. In addition to that, the car’s advanced safety technology known as i-ACTIVSENSE, which supports nighttime driving by controlling the amount of light distributed by headlights to the optimal amount, was also praised.
Mazda USA vice president and head of research and development Masashi Otsuka had this to say about the IIHS ratings: “Here at Mazda, safety to us means building a car that allows for the driver to use all of his or her faculties as much as possible. Mazda automobiles, if in a collision, are designed to protect the driver and all of their passengers.”
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Bryce Clarke)