On May 26, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its list of the 2011 Top Safety Picks. The list numbers 66 vehicles, including 1 minivan, 25 SUVs and 40 cars. The 2011 Lexus CT 200h found its place in the category of top safety compact luxury cars.
The IIHS is a non-profit research organization established in 1959 by auto insurance companies. The organization's aim is to reduce the number of vehicle crashes and the rate of injuries in the crashes that occur. The IIHS rates vehicles based on their performance in high-speed side, front, rollover and rear impact tests. To achieve the Top Safety Pick status, a vehicle must get the highest ratings in all the tests, and it must be equipped with Electronic Stability Control System.
After the round of tests, the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h, equipped with various standard safety features, was recognized as the Top Safety Pick. The fundamental safety characteristic of the CT 200h is its body structure, which is designed to be both strong and resilient. To ensure strength of the bodyshell, the car features steel components placed in key areas of the body. The standard Supplemental Restraint System, which comprises knee airbags, stage front airbags, side curtain and front side airbags, protects the driver and the passengers in side and frontal crashes. The pre-tensioners fitted in the front seatbelts protect the occupants in frontal collisions. The Whiplash Injury Lessening design of the front seats provides protection in case of the rear impact. The seat frame and head restraint are designed to absorb energy and reduce the whiplash-inducing movement between the head and torso, eliminating whiplash neck injuries in lower speed rear-end collisions.
When IIHS first began awarding vehicles in 2006, there were only three small cars qualified to the Top Safety Pick status. This year, the Lexus CT 200h and other 12 small cars that got the award proved that small cars are getting more and more safe and that they will give the best safety performance in any driving scenario.