Infiniti Q70 earns “Top Safety Pick+” from IIHS

Thanks to a “good” overall evaluation and the Top Safety Pick+ award, the 2014 – 2015 Infiniti Q70 is the safest car the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested recently.  The luxury sedan kept the crash test dummy out of harm’s way with measurements indicating low risks of any significant injuries in a similar crash situation. Throughout the crash sequence, the dummy’s movements were well controlled, with the head loading the frontal airbag, while the side curtain airbag deployed appropriately and offered sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from the side structure and outside objects. The Q70’s driver space was maintained reasonably well, with max intrusion at the parking brake pedal (22 cm), while the lower hinge pillar moved roughly 15 centimeters. Upper interior intrusion was measured 8 to 9 centimeters at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. Equipped with the optional Technology Package, which adds safety features such as Forward Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, the Infiniti Q70 offered good levels of protection during the small overlap front crash test. However, the IIHS awarded the structure and safety cage an “average.”  To see the IIHS video of the small overlap test click here.   More about IIHS Testing IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: 1) crash-worthiness – how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash,  and 2) crash avoidance and mitigation – technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity. To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests. To qualify for 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. To qualify for 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must meet the TOP SAFETY PICK criteria, plus earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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