Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

December 14, 2007 10:48 ET

Every 2008 Subaru Rated 'Top Safety Pick' by IIHS

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2007) - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated every vehicle in the Subaru lineup as a 'Top Safety Pick' when equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control, an electronic stability control (ESC) system.

The 2008 Subaru Impreza, Legacy/Outback, Forester and Tribeca all received the highest accolade from the IIHS, which helps consumers identify those vehicles that provide the best overall protection and reduce the risk of occupant injury in a crash.

"We commend Subaru for producing these vehicles, which meet the Institute's demanding Top Safety Pick criteria," said Adrian Lund, Ph.D., IIHS president. "This is an elite group of cars with outstanding crashworthiness."

According to the IIHS, front and side impacts are the most common kinds of fatal crashes, killing nearly 75 percent of vehicle occupants who died in 2005. Rear-end crashes usually aren't fatal, but they result in a large proportion of the injuries that occur in crashes. About 60 percent of insurance injury claims in 2002 reported minor neck sprains and strains.

The 2008 Subaru Impreza recently became the first Small Car ever to be named a Top Safety Pick, largely because it offers Vehicle Dynamics Control as an option - ESC is now a requirement for Top Safety Pick designation. Vehicle Dynamics Control can help drivers maintain control during emergency maneuvers when their vehicles otherwise might spin out. Institute research indicates that an ESC system reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes by 56 percent and fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32 percent. Many single-vehicle crashes involve rolling over, and ESC reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle rollovers by 80 percent (SUVs) and 77 percent (cars).

How the vehicles are evaluated

The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of frontal offset crash tests at 40 mph.

Each vehicle's overall side evaluation is based on performance in a crash test in which the side of the vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph that represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect the likelihood that a driver and/or passenger in a real-world crash would have sustained serious injury.

Rear crash protection tests simulate a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph.

For more information about the IIHS and its safety testing, please visit the Institute's website at To learn more about the Subaru lineup, go to

Contact Information

  • Subaru Canada, Inc.
    Elaine Griffin
    (905) 568-4959