Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

August 28, 2009 14:17 ET

2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback Named 'Top Safety Picks'

New models achieve top marks in latest IIHS tests

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that the all-new 2010 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback have been named 'Top Safety Picks' by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of "good" in the Institute's front, side, and rear impact tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Legacy and Outback.

"Recognizing vehicles at the head of the class for safety helps consumers distinguish the best overall choices without having to sort through multiple test results," said Institute president Adrian Lund.

In all Subaru models, the foundation for outstanding occupant protection is the Advanced Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame unibody structure that disperses collision energy. This design forms a series of rings around the passenger compartment, providing protection in a variety of collision types. High-tension, steel side-impact door beams and impact-absorbing foam materials enhance side-impact safety performance.

"Thanks to testing by groups like the IIHS, Subaru customers know they can depend on us for the highest levels of occupant protection," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of SCI. "The fact that 2010 Impreza, Forester, and Tribeca have also achieved Top Safety Pick status is both a tribute to the people who design and engineer our vehicles, and a powerful signal to consumers that we're committed to building vehicles that are safe and durable as well as fun to drive."

The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle's overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect injury measures recorded on two instrumented SID-IIs dummies, assessment of head protection countermeasures, and the vehicle's structural performance during the impact. Injury measures obtained from the two dummies, one in the driver seat and the other in the back seat behind the driver, are used to determine the likelihood that a driver and/or passenger in a similar real-world crash would sustain serious injury to various parts of the body. The movements and contacts of the dummies' heads during the test also are evaluated. Structural performance is based on measurements indicating the amount of B-pillar intrusion into the occupant compartment.

Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry - the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. Seats with good or acceptable restraint geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can't be positioned to protect many people.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of authorized dealers across Canada.

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