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IIHS Safety Awards for 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) works to provide you and other car owners the most updated information about the safety of vehicles on the market. The IIHS does this by evaluating two different aspects of vehicles: their crashworthiness and their crash avoidance and mitigation. Crashworthiness determines how well a vehicle protects those inside during a crash while crash avoidance and mitigation is all about the vehicle’s technology that can help drivers avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision. After the IIHS tests vehicles and comes up with their ratings, the public the Top Safety Picks. You can see the winners – and losers – based on categories.

If you were in a well-tested vehicle during a crash, you may be more likely to avoid serious injuries. However, if you were in a vehicle that tested poorly for crashworthiness, then you may have suffered more significant injuries than necessary during an accident. Whatever your injuries, if you believe someone else was responsible for the car crash, contact a Houston car accident lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to learn about your options. Call us today at (281) 283-8500.


Crashworthiness is a vehicle’s ability to withstand impacts and protect the driver and passengers inside. This means having a strong safety cage, crumple zones to absorb the force from collisions, and a strong roof that can avoid collapsing during a rollover accident. To determine crashworthiness, the IIHS conducts numerous tests, including:

  • The moderate overlap front crash test
  • The small overlap front crash test
  • A side crash test
  • Roof strength for rollover protection
  • Seat and head restraints for neck protection during rear impacts

Following these tests, a vehicle is given a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor – good being the highest score and poor being the lowest.

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

When analyzing a vehicle’s crash avoidance and mitigation abilities, IIHS looks at the vehicle’s front crash prevention system and rates it as basic, advanced, or superior. These systems can include forward collision warnings and automatic braking systems. IIHS measures the effectiveness of a vehicle’s front crash prevention technology by conducting low- and moderate-speed track tests. The organization also reviews a vehicle’s headlights and rates them as good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2017

For a vehicle to be a top safety pick, it must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for the front crash prevention test. Most categories have numerous vehicles that qualify as top safety picks. Some even have top safety picks plus, which means the vehicle earned good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Some of the top safety picks for this year included:

  • Mini cars: 2017 Mini Cooper
  • Small cars: 2017 Acura ILX
  • Midsize cars: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Midsize luxury cars: 2017 Audi A3
  • Large cars: 2017 Buick LaCrosse
  • Large luxury cars: 2017 Acura RLX
  • Small SUVs: 2017 BMW X1
  • Midsize SUVs: 2017 GMC Acadia
  • Midsize luxury SUVs: 2017 Acura MDX
  • Large SUVs: 2017 Audi Q7 (the only winner in its category)
  • Minivans: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Large pickups: 2017 Honda Ridgeline (the only winner in its category)

To see the full list of winners, visit

Call Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers if You Have Been in a Crash

If you were hurt in a car accident, do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced personal injury lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for answers to your questions. You may not be sure of your rights or your options to receive compensation. We can guide you through the process of filing a third-party auto insurance claim, or if necessary, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Our priority will always be to gain you the maximum compensation possible for your injuries so you can move forward from this situation.

For a free consultation of your case, call us today at (281) 283-8500.