The Scion iA in the IIHS' Small Overlap crash test

IIHS Crash Safety: Scion iA earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced on September 15 that the Scion iA (OEM: Mazda Demio Sedan) received the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The Scion iA underwent the IIHS’ frontal offset test called the Small Overlap Frontal crash test. In the small overlap frontal test, 25% of the total width of the vehicle strikes the barrier on the driver side.

The Small Overlap Frontal crash test is an additional test to simulate an actual car crash for situations like incoming cars straying past the center line. The crash force is applied to the exterior rather than the mainframe of the car. Hence, many cars get low ratings. The IIHS gives the Top Safety Pick rating to cars that receive a good result in the overall evaluation. This rating acknowledges that the car has excellent safety amid collision.

There is minimal injury to the dummy’s head/neck, chest, thighs, and feet at the Small Overlap Test, earning the Scion iA a good rating. The car’s structural safety also received a good rating. IIHS commented that the driver’s survival space was maintained well.

Overall, the Scion iA received a good rating at the Small Overlap test. Furthermore, the Lexus ES received an advanced rating for its front crash prevention system. The evaluation for crash prevention systems began in September 2013. With these results, the IIHS awarded the Scion iA the Top Safety Pick+ award.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)