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Subaru Canada: 2015 Legacy and Outback Achieve 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

  • The 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback shine in IIHS small overlap test, earning TSP and TSP+ awards.
  • Subaru has more 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK vehicles than any other brand.
  • Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs for all models for five consecutive years (2010-2014).

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced its good rating and TOP SAFETY PICK award for the 2015 Legacy and Outback. Models equipped with Subaru's optional front crash prevention system, EyeSight, achieved a superior rating and TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. With top marks in every measurement category, the 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front crash test.

The Legacy and Outback earn superior ratings for front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight, an optional forward collision warning system with autobrake. In track evaluations, the system completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute's 12 and 25 mph front crash avoidance tests.

The Institute added the small overlap evaluation to its testing lineup in 2012. In the crash, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

The previous generation Legacy was also a TOP SAFETY PICK+ winner, earning an acceptable rating overall in the small overlap front test. After improving structural performance in the current generation model, ratings for restraints, dummy kinematics as well as injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, legs and feet all ranked higher - achieving a good status. The driver space was maintained well, with the safety cage preventing excessive intrusion into the occupant compartment. The dummy's movement was well controlled, and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures.

Subaru has the most 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK awards of any brand. Other winners include the BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX line and XV Crosstrek. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners must meet those same criteria and also earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

"I'm pleased that Subaru is recognized as having more IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK vehicles than any other brand," said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "Subaru is the only manufacturer to have TOP SAFETY PICKs for all models for five years running (2010-2014). This achievement is a testament to the importance we place on safety as we aim to inspire confidence and peace of mind."

About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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