Toyota Fails to Land 'Top Safety Pick' Rating in Insurance-Group Study
By Chrissie Thompson, Automotive News
For the first time in three years, none of Toyota Motor Corp.'s vehicles received “top safety pick” ratings from an insurance group, as tougher criteria pared the number of selections from 94 last year to 27 this year.
Ford Motor Co. led all automakers for the second year in a row with six 2010-model top safety picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including four from Volvo, a brand that's being sold. Subaru and Volkswagen AG finished next with five qualifying vehicles, and Chrysler Group had four. Offerings from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Kia and Nissan also made the list.
The nonprofit insurance group, funded by auto insurers, tightened its top pick criteria for the second time since it started the award for the 2006 model year.
This year vehicles must have “good” ratings in the institute's rollover testing. Getting that rate requires doubling the roof strength required by the U.S. government, the group said in a statement.
That adds to existing requirements for receiving the “good” label in front, side and rear crashes and having electronic stability control.
Toyota was the only automaker among the six biggest in the United States that didn't have a winner.
Before this year, Toyota, the world's top-producing automaker, had top safety picks in every year but 2007. The Camry almost qualified, the insurance group said. But it received a “marginal” rating in a rear crash test because the seats and headrests provided less than desirable protection against whiplash.
Here is a list of the 2010 top safety picks:
-- Ford Taurus
-- Lincoln MKS
-- Volvo S80
-- Audi A3
-- Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
-- Chrysler Sebring four-door version with optional electronic stability control (ESC)
-- Dodge Avenger with optional ESC
-- Volvo C30
-- Honda Civic four-door version with optional ESC; excludes Civic Si
-- Kia Soul
-- Nissan Cube
-- Volvo XC60
-- Volvo XC90
-- Jeep Patriot with optional side thorax airbags
Content provided by AutoWeek.
Get more Car News from AutoWeek.
Get the latest Car Reviews from AutoWeek.
(Pictured: The redesigned Ford Taurus made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of top safety picks.)
Regarding the speed, the statistical basis is what is important. The statement about 35 mph being unrealistic is correct, but it shows how safe a vehicle is at that speed. Statistically, a higher rated vehicle would still be safer at 70 mph...
Regarding Toyota, they should note be on a pedestal. They are just any other manufacture with the exception that Toyota lied to the American people, withheld information from NHTSA and the paid a huge fine. They are not safer vehicles (regardless of their advertising - they are trying to gain customers back) and they are not a reputable company. They lied and deceived us.
There are a lot of great choices out there. Follow the IIHS recommendations and don't buy a Toyota, they are overprice and were overrated. Glad to see the ratings and truth catching up with Toyota.
EXPLORE NEW CARS
MORE ON MSN AUTOS
ABOUT EXHAUST NOTES
Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.
Have a story idea? Tip us off at firstname.lastname@example.org.