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IIHS Bestows Entire Acura Lineup with "Top Safety Pick" Status

2009 Acura TL

2009 Acura TL

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In a first in the history of both Acura and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a single nameplate receives the IIHS' "Top Safety Pick" status for every model it produces. The proud parent of those vehicles is Acura, and all of its models (TSX, TL, RL, RDX, MDX) had to receive the highest possible rating in each one of IIHS' rigorous crash tests to make the cut.

IIHS president Adrian Lund praised all Acura vehicles' performance in front, side, and rear crash tests, and pointed out that all come equipped with electronic stability control, an active safety feature that can help avoid crashes to begin with. Comments Lund: "no matter which Acura model buyers choose, they're getting state-of-the-art protection for the most common kinds of real-world crashes."

By receiving top "good" ratings across the board for its new performance luxury TL sedan earlier today, Acura is now able to claim its unique standing of top safety as awarded by the IIHS. As well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards all '09 Acuras high ratings in its frontal crash tests, said to be the most common form of accident.

Acura credits its ACE body structure as instrumental in helping its models meet and exceed crash safety standards. ACE absorbs and distributes the force of an impact away from the passenger compartment as well as preventing the tendency for an Acura to over- or under-ride the vehicle it hits if that vehicle is higher off (SUV) or lower (sportscar) to the ground. In engineering safety into every Acura it builds, the company uses two sophisticated testing facilities including the world's first indoor multidirectional car-to-crash facility in Tochigi, Japan.--Colin Mathews

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