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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its top safety picks for 2010, and several family-oriented cars have made the list.
The Institute performs four tests to determine how crash-worthy a given vehicle is. There are four ratings standards: Good, acceptable, marginal, and poor. IIHS tests for performance in high-speed frontal and side-impact crashes, a rollover test, and a test that concerns neck injuries to rear-seat passengers.
To earn the Top Safety Pick mark, a vehicle must have good ratings in all four tests and be available with stability control.
Popular family cars that made the list include the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, Chrysler's Sebring and its Dodge Avenger platform-mate (models with ESC), Chevrolet Malibus built after 2009, the Dodge Journey crossover, the Hyundai Genesis sedan, the Ford Taurus, Kia Fortes built after October 2009, and the Buick LaCrosse.
For the full list, click here.