IIHS Releases Annual List of Safest Vehicles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its annual list of the safest vehicles on the market.


IIHS Recognizes 71 Vehicles for Top Safety Pick

The IIHS tests cars each year to determine the safest options available on the market. This year, they have recognized 71 vehicles as their top safety picks.

Consumer Reporter Xavier Hershovitz will be discussing these numbers live on News Center 7's Daybreak. He emphasizes that the IIHS strives to raise the bar on safety standards annually.

When purchasing a new car, it is important to prioritize the safety of yourself and your family. Choosing a vehicle that has earned the IIHS top safety pick can provide peace of mind.

Focus on Passenger Safety and Pedestrian Detection

The IIHS evaluates vehicles based on two primary factors to determine their safety ratings. The first is the safety of passengers in the back seat. This emphasizes the importance of protecting all occupants, not just those in the front.

The second factor is how well the vehicles can detect and avoid pedestrians in the dark. This is a crucial aspect of safety, as accidents involving pedestrians are a significant concern.

By focusing on these areas, the IIHS aims to ensure that vehicles offer a high level of safety for both occupants and pedestrians.

Limited Representation of Domestic Automakers

Among the vehicles recognized by the IIHS, the Ford Explorer was the only model from the Big Three U.S. Automakers to make the grade. This lack of representation from domestic automakers is a disappointment for the IIHS President, David Harkey.

Harkey expressed his concern about the struggle to see domestic automakers on the list, indicating the need for improvement in this area. It is essential for all automakers to prioritize safety to meet the increasingly high standards set by the IIHS.

As vehicle safety standards continue to evolve, it becomes more challenging for cars to earn top safety ratings. This highlights the ongoing effort required to enhance vehicle safety and protect consumers.