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What does it take to get a top pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety?

Highway safety trucks slowing down traffic in Bordeaux, France

For many car buyers, safety is at the top of the must-have list. Several organizations test and rate vehicles, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a resource for consumers. The IIHS is a non-profit organization that uses research and education to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and property damage caused by vehicle accidents. The organization’s most important awards are the Top Safety Pick and the Top Safety Pick+. So, what does it take to get a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS?

What does the IIHS Top Safety Pick require?

Road safety trucks slow down traffic in Bordeaux, France

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Vehicles that earn the two Top Safety Pick awards have the best safety ratings on the IIHS evaluations within their size classes. The Top Safety Pick was awarded by the IIHS since the 2006 model year and the Top Safety Pick+ has been awarded since the 2013 model year.