American Honda Leads the Industry with Six 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles

American Honda Leads the Industry with Six 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles

- Two models also named TOP SAFETY PICK, next highest rating - More challenging IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+testing standards require vehicles to offer collision warning technology


TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A total of six
Honda and Acura models, the most of any auto maker, received the highest
possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
under its more challenging technology requirements in guidelines implemented for
the 2014 model year.

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“As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and
now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies
on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers,”
said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American
Honda. “Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for
those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve

Four 2014 Honda models were named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ including
the Accord Sedan and Coupe; Civic Sedan; and Odyssey, which is the only minivan
yet to earn this designation. The Civic Coupe was named a TOP SAFETY PICK.
Additionally, two 2014 Acura models, the new MDX and the RLX each achieved
status with the TL earning a TOP SAFETY PICK

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the
best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear
crashes, plus rollover and small overlap front crashes based on performance in
the Institute’s tests. Under this year’s more challenging requirements, the IIHS
is using the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to recognize vehicles that not
only performed well in its crash tests but also are equipped with technologies
that help prevent or mitigate front-to-rear collisions. Front collision
prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is
intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or
slower-moving vehicle in front of them.

American Honda’s 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles offer a broad
range of active and passive safety features along with available leading-edge
safety and driver assistive technologies like the Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
system. FCW uses a camera or radar mounted in the upper portion of the
windshield to detect a vehicle ahead. Audible and visuals warnings alert the
driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle or
object is likely. Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically
activate the brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the
vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies available on
Honda and Acura vehicles include: Collision Mitigation Braking System; anti-lock
brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); Lane Departure Warning (LDW),
LaneWatch™ blind spot display; side curtain airbags; dual-stage,
multiple-threshold front airbags; and front-side airbags.

Honda Safety Leadership

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and
application of advanced technologies and designs to enhance the safety of all
road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians.
The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities
and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of
crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian
safety. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that
society wants to exist, and it complements the company’s leadership in reducing
vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles:


Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Odyssey


   Acura RLX

   Acura MDX

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK



Honda Civic Coupe


   Acura TL

SOURCE  American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

American Honda Leads the Industry with Six 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles