Acura IIHS Safety Ratings - 01/19/2012
Acura Earns Top Safety Ratings 12/15/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif. Acura today announced that three of its best selling models received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more-stringent testing guidelines [...]
Ten Tips for SUV Safety
Ten Tips for SUV Safety Proud owner of an SUV purchased from a Dilawri dealer? Congratulations. But remember that SUVs handle differently from other passenger cars and have special safety requirements. A few thoughts on keeping your SUV driving safer: 1. Proper Tire Inflation is a [...]
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Acura Earns Top Safety Ratings
12/15/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Acura today announced that three of its best selling models received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more-stringent testing guidelines implemented last year.
The Acura TSX sedan and wagon, TL and MDX earned the highest-possible score of GOOD in all four ratings, including the more rigorous roof-strength test. According to the IIHS, vehicles rated good for rollover protection have roofs more than twice as strong as the current federal standard requires. The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on ratings in the Institute's evaluations.
All 2012 Acura models utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE™ is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.
Standard safety equipment on all Acura models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seats with integrated active head restraints, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.
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Proud owner of an SUV purchased from a Dilawri dealer? Congratulations. But remember that SUVs handle differently from other passenger cars and have special safety requirements. A few thoughts on keeping your SUV driving safer:
1. Proper Tire Inflation is a key issue with SUVs: the higher center of gravity and heavier loading of these vehicles can cause excessive roll or swaying if the tires are underinflated. Make it a habit to check tire pressure frequently, and to keep pressures within manufacture’s recommended values. If you need help with proper pressures, give us a quick call.
2. Unless your SUV has three row seating, the “Wayback” area is intended for cargo, not kids. So keep the munchkins in their proper place. Children are generally safer in rear seats, and of course younger children should be placed in child or booster seats, in accordance with local law.
3. On long trips, it’s natural to recline the front passenger seat a bit and catch a snooze. But avoid reclining the seatback too far—in a collision, fully reclined passengers don’t receive the optimal restraint benefits of their seatbelts.
4. For new SUV drivers, that “Kingly” driving position of an SUV seems invincible: far above the fray. But avoid overconfidence, and don’t forget that the high position won’t prevent accidents or greatly reduce their severity.
5. Adjust to your SUV when you take delivery: maneuvering a larger vehicle into small areas can be tricky, especially when you’re accustomed to driving a smaller car.
6. SUVs are often heavier than traditional passenger sedans, so allow extra time to accelerate and to stop. And wherever possible, minimize the effect of an SUV’s weight and high center of gravity by braking and accelerating in a straight line.
7. The view from an SUV may seem panoramic—until you find yourself carrying three kids, a dog, and a balloon sculpture to a birthday party. Then it’s time to clear your sightlines, by stowing excess gear and making sure the kids and the pooch aren’t blocking your view.
8. All wheel Drive is a wonderful technology that greatly increases your ability to go in snow. But remember that your stopping power is no greater than a front wheel drive or rear-drive car. Don’t blast down that snowy roadway thanking you can stop as fast as you can go!
9. Certain aspects of SUV design also pose safety considerations for smaller cars: SUV headlight placement, for example, can cause glare. So be conscious of your vehicle’s effect on other drivers.
10. Don’t overload your SUV or truck. Check to see what the manufacturer weight and weight distributions are. If you are road tripping and have the SUV or truck fully loaded, you might stop by a truckstop to get weighed.