Buick LaCrosse Tops IIHS Safest Car List

August 6, 2010

The number of vehicles designated as Top Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) dropped by a third in 2010, largely because of tougher testing standards, including a newly instituted roof-crush test. In conjunction with the roof test, the IIHS conducts high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and test of seat/head restraints to protect against neck injuries such as whiplash.

For 2010, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo make strong crashworthiness showings, whereas Audi, traditionally a high performer across the board, appears only in the midsize category. Several automakers that earned a Top Safety Pick rating last year do not have a winning vehicle for 2010, including BMW, Mazda, and Saab.

More information on vehicle safety can be found in Edmunds Car Safety Guide.

Check out the complete list of 2010 Top Safety Picks chosen by the IIHS at Edmunds.com