BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes Earn Superior Rating for Front Crash Prevention

BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes Earn Superior Rating for Front Crash Prevention

Yesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an updated report on how auto-brake systems and forward collision warnings in cars and SUVs were increasing vehicle safety.  According to the report, “auto manufacturers are making strides in adopting the most beneficial systems with automatic braking capabilities and are offering the features on a wider variety of models.”

Four large luxury vehicles, the BMW 5, BMW X5, Hyundai Genesis and Mercedes-Benz E-Class earned top ratings and perfect scores when equipped with certain optional features.  The new safety rating system was updated after Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) research indicated automatic braking systems and warning systems help drivers better avoid front-end crashes.

IIHS’s Executive Vice President and Chief Research officer, David Zuby, is quoted in the IIHS report saying, “We know that this technology is helping drivers avoid crashes. The advantage of autobrake is that even in cases where a crash can’t be avoided entirely, the system will reduce speed. Reducing the speed reduces the amount of damage that occurs to both the striking and struck cars and reduces injuries to people in those cars.”

While most front crash prevention systems are still a part of an optional vehicle package, availability is increasing, especially for automatic braking technology.  This year, over 20 percent of the 2014 models in HLDI’s database offer front crash prevention systems, twice as many as in 2012; however, forward collision warning is offered as an option on nearly 40 percent of 2014 models.

Before purchasing a new vehicle, consumers should search the IIHS ratings to find out what models come equipped with which safety features and/or which vehicles are rated as “Superior” for front crash prevention. Consumers can also consult the HLDI database showing the availability of various crash avoidance features.

Despite continuous advances in motor vehicle product safety, accidents do still happen. If you believe you’re a vehicle defect caused or contributed to your car accident, you should seek the advice of a lawyer. Even without a car defect, motor vehicle accident claims can be complicated and stressful. At Liggett Law Group, we are here to help. Contact us today.