Acura Santa Barbara Announces Top Safety Award for 2013 Acura TL

Santa Barbara Auto Group is pleased to share that the 2013 Acura TL has been awarded the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Earning an IIHS “Top Safety Pick +” designation, the 2013 Acura TL is officially one of the safest vehicles in its class.   Acura TL First to Earn Good Ranking in New Test The IIHS has recently applied more stringent testing guidelines which now include the new small overlap frontal crash test, and the 2013 Acura TL is among one of the first cars to receive the highest rating under the revised system.  The small overlap frontal crash test is designed to gauge the safety of a vehicle in the instance of a frontal impact (such as a collision with a tree) when only 25% of the front structure is engaged by the opposing object and the car is moving at an approximate speed of 40mph.  This focuses stress on a narrow section of the front of the vehicle, outside the side frame, to test cabin structure strength.  According to a 2009 study by the IIHS, small overlap crashes accounted for almost twenty-five percent of fatal or serious-injury frontal crashes.  The [...]