Honda has a long history of
pioneering new technologies to
enhance the safety of automobiles.
SAFETY IN AMERICA
- 91 percent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. are TOP SAFETY PICKS, rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 12 American Honda vehicles were IIHS 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK winners. More here.
- 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 reduce impact force on occupants.
- 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.
- More than 9 million Honda and Acura vehicles purchased by U.S. customers feature pedestrian injury mitigation design features such as breakaway wiper pivots and collapsible hood hinges.
- 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
MY2012 Vehicles Government 5-Star Safety Ratings
|Honda||Overall||Front Crash||Side Crash||Rollover|
|Crosstour||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Civic Coupe||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Civic Sedan||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Insight||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|FCX||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated|
|Ridgeline||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|Acura||Overall||Front Crash||Side Crash||Rollover|
|RDX||Not Rated||Not Rated||Not Rated||4|
|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 Saftey
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.