Tuesday, January 08, 2013
By Manoj Kumawat
Honda Accord, VW Passat, Volvo S60, Kizashi found safest by IIHS
In addition to luxury and comfort, what the world is looking for in cars is safety. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, USA has released a list of world’s safest cars. Among the top 13 there are four cars that are also available in India. These include Maruti Kizashi, Honda Accord, Volvo S60 and Volkswagen Passat. Though these belong to different segments of sedans but all have a name for their class looks, safety and other features in their respective price band. It is believed that the current rating will also strengthen their position as customer trust in these cars will get an instant boost with IIHS certifying its safety.
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In order to get this prestigious position, these cars had to undergo strict tests and safety test procedures in addition to other tests and based on the results of the same, these have been awarded a place among the 13 safest cars of the world. As high as 29 cars were included in the tests and 13 cars were found to be the safest among them. Other cars in the top 13 list include Acura TL, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord – 2 and 4 door, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Suzuki Kizashi, VW Passat, and Volvo S60
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In India, safety in cars was not a criteria until few years ago when the government made seat belts compulsory in some regions. For many years Maruti 800 that was also the highest selling car in India had minimal safety features including only seat belts. It is now that even the standard models of these safest cars in India have extra safety features such as knee air bag, air bags for pedestrians and special crumple zones, ABS, EBD, curtain air bags and a lot of other safety features that make the car practically a safe cocoon for the occupants that can protect them even in the worst of the collisions.