Most 2012 car models are now on sale. For many buyers, safety is a key factor they look at when they are deciding what type of vehicle to buy. Drivers want to keep themselves and their families safe.
Buyers face numerous decisions when deciding which vehicle is right for them and their needs. One resource to find information about the safest cars of 2012 is by going to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each year the IIHS releases its “ Top Safety Picks”.
The IIHS is a non-profit organization funded by insurers. It works to reduce the number of collisions, the amount of property damage in a collision, and the rate of injuries. The IIHS carries out research and testing on new car models as well as vehicle related consumer products such as child car booster seats.
For a 2012 car model to receive a “Top Safety Pick” designation, the model must receive a “Good” rating in four different crash tests: head-on off-center, side, rear, and roof strength, which is very important in rollover accidents. 2011 car models also had to have electronic stability control, which helps prevent vehicle spins, but this is now a standard feature in all 2012 cars due to new U.S. law.
Already more than 50 2012 models have qualified, making them among the safest cars of 2012. More cars are being tested and automakers are trying to make improvements to receive the award.
Many sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, luxury models, and minivans have received the designation. Many people associate safety with larger cars and SUVS but even “minicars” such as the Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500 have received the “Top Safety Pick” award. On the other end of the spectrum, the Ford F150 crew-cab models and Toyota Tundra have received the award.
Safety should be an important factor when buying a new car. You want to protect you and your family as much as possible in the event of an accident. If a 2012 car model you are considering does not measure up, you may want to focus on models that have received this IIHS award.