Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc.

November 28, 2008 11:39 ET

Subaru Lineup Achieves 'Top Safety Pick' Status from IIHS

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards Forester, Legacy, Tribeca and Impreza the highest rating for occupant protection

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO—-(Marketwire – Nov. 28, 2008) - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to announce that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded all four Subaru vehicles its highest accolade: Top Safety Pick. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating (Good) in the Institute's front, side, and rear crash tests, and be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC).

Subaru was one of only three manufacturers who received the Top Safety Pick designation for every class of vehicle tested:

Midsize SUVs: Subaru Tribeca
Small SUVs: Subaru Forester
Midsize cars: Subaru Legacy
Small cars: Subaru Impreza(*)

(*) Vehicle Dynamics Control, Subaru's electronic stability control
system, is now standard across the 2009 Impreza lineup.

"Safety leadership is a top priority for Subaru, so we're very proud to have all four of these Subaru vehicles recognized as a Top Safety Pick," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of SCI. "The IIHS tests are of particular importance because they evaluate vehicles' actual performance in the most common types of real-world collisions - the kind that are most likely to result in death or injury. This tells customers that when they buy a Subaru, they're giving their families and passengers the highest levels of protection available."

The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. 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. Rear crash protection is rated according to the effectiveness of the seats' head restraint geometry in a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck from behind at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall.

The foundation for passive safety in every Subaru is the proven Subaru Advanced Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame vehicle structure. Standard passive safety technology includes the Subaru advanced frontal air bag system (SRS), driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and standard side curtain air bags.

The 2008 Subaru Impreza was the first Small Car ever to be named a Top Safety Pick, thanks to outstanding passive safety combined with Vehicle Dynamics Control. Vehicle Dynamics Control can help drivers maintain control during emergency maneuvers when their vehicles otherwise might spin out. IIHS research indicates that an ESC system such as Vehicle Dynamics Control reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes and fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by very significant margins.

For more information about the full range of Subaru vehicles-and Vehicle Dynamics Control-please visit the SCI website at For more detail about the IIHS and its safety testing procedures, go to

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