In the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal barrier crash test, the 2012 Acura TL earned the highest ranking of “good”, making it only one of two recently tested luxury vehicles to earn the highest honors.
The small overlap barrier test was recently added to the IIHS crash safety tests in order to gauge the safety of a vehicle when 25-percent of the vehicle’s front structure crashed into a stationary object, like a utility pole. The “good” rating allows the Acura TL to retain its “Top Safety Pick” rating from the institute.
The new test had the Acura TL collide with a fixed, five-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. According to a 2009 study by the IIHS, these types of crashes account for nearly 25-percent of frontal crashes that result in serious injury or even death.
“Acura is working continuously to advance the safety performance of our vehicles and to provide high levels of occupant protection through smart technology and vehicle design,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics. “As one of the very first vehicles to achieve a GOOD rating in this new test, Acura illustrates the leadership of our vehicles in key areas that are important to our customers.”