8 Honda & Acura models have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + for model year 2014
Rearview Backup Cameras: Standard Equipment Because It's The Right Thing To Do
Even though no regulation requires it, we’ve made rearview backup cameras standard on nearly 100% of all new Honda and Acura vehicles. And by next year, it will be standard on all of them. Bottom line: They help increase awareness of what’s behind you. It’s this kind of forward thinking that continues to make Honda an industry leader in driver-assistive and vehicle-safety technologies.
2014 Honda Odyssey IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test
The first minivan to earn the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. This includes an overall GOOD rating in the Insurance Institute’s stringent small overlap frontal crash test. The IIHS created the small overlap frontal crash test to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. Honda's full press release has more.
Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies
Honda demonstrated two experimental safety technologies aimed at reducing the potential for collisions between automobiles and pedestrians and between automobiles and motorcycles. First, Honda R&D has successfully demonstrated the ability of a car equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to detect a pedestrian with a DSRC enabled smartphone. The other, Honda's Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technology can help recognize the potential for a collision between a DSRC equipped motorcycle and automobile. Honda’s press release has more details.
SAFETY IN AMERICA
- Prior to federal regulations, Honda installs rearview cameras as standard equipment on 100 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2014 model year and later.
- American Honda leads the auto industry with six vehicles that have achieved an IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating: 2014 Acura RLX, 2014 Acura MDX, 2014 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, 2014 Civic Sedan, and 2014 Odyssey. Two models that have earned a IIHS Top Safety Pick rating: Civic Coupe and Acura TL.
- All Honda and Acura light trucks have had Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) as standard equipment since 2006, five years before the government mandate.
- Honda engineers developed the world’s first commercially deployed Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) that can alert drivers to the risk of collision. If a collision is deemed unavoidable, it applies the brakes and tensions the front seat belts to help mitigate the severity of the crash.
- In 1990, Honda was the first automaker to introduce a front passenger airbag that deploys upward toward the windshield rather than directly at the passenger, reducing the potential for injury from the airbag’s deployment. Today, Honda is an industry leader in developing and implementing new advanced airbag technology, which varies deployment based on crash severity.
- In 2006, Honda’s legendary Gold Wing became the world’s first production motorcycle to offer a rider airbag system.
- All model year 2008 and newer Honda and Acura vehicles feature pedestrian injury mitigation design features such as breakaway wiper pivots and collapsible hood hinges, totaling more than 10 million vehicles purchased by U.S. customers to date (except the S2000 which was discontinued in MY2010).
- Honda has broadened the scope of its effort to mitigate pedestrian injuries by developing the third generation pedestrian dummy, POLAR III, to study lower back and upper leg injuries which are common in collisions between a pedestrian and a minivan or SUV.
Honda focuses on developing enhanced
levels of protection for all road users,
including the drivers and passengers in
Honda and Acura vehicles as well as the
occupants of other vehicles and
MY2014 Vehicle Government 5-Star Safety Ratings
|Honda||Overall||Front Crash||Side Crash||Rollover|
|Crosstour||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|FCX Clarity||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated|
|Fit||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated|
|Insight||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Ridgeline||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Acura||Overall||Front Crash||Side Crash||Rollover|
|RLX||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated|
|TSX||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||5|
Source: Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Models tested with standard side-impact air bags.
Thinking of Everyone
Part of Honda’s commitment to safety is the
widespread application of crash compatibility
designs and advanced technologies as standard
equipment on all Honda and Acura vehicles,
regardless of size or price. Today, more than
95 percent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold
in the U.S. feature the Advanced Compatibility
Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that is
designed to absorb and disperse energy in a
frontal collision to help avoid concentrated
impact forces that cause injuries.
Connected Vehicle Technology
Seeking innovative solutions to enhance
vehicle safety, Honda is a member of the
Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership to further
develop the application of Dedicated Short Range
Communication in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-
to-infrastructure technology. These applications
warn drivers of potential hazards coming from
vehicles that cannot be seen. In conjuction
with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Honda
is participating in the Connected Vehicle Safety
Pilot Driver Acceptance clinics held nationwide
to assess how drivers accept and respond to the
safety technology. Check out Honda's connected
vehicle technology video here.