2012 Audi A6 Grabs IIHS Top Safety Pick
The gorgeous 2012 Audi A6 has managed to win the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award. In order to qualify, a car must be able to earn the highest rating of “good” in the IIHS’ front, rear, side and rollover tests and it also must come as standard with electronic stability control.
The A6 did very well in the roof strength test where it managed to withstand a force equal to almost 5 times the curb weight of the car. This test assets how well the passengers would hold up in case of a rollover crash and a good rating is awarded to those cars that have a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4 times.
As far as the front crashworthiness evaluations are concerned, these are based on the results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. The overall evaluation of each car is based upon a series of measurements of intrusion into the passenger compartment, the injuries recorded on a dummy placed in the driver seat as well as an analysis of a slow-motion film to find out how well the restraint system controlled the movement of the dummy during the test.
Regarding the side evaluations, these are based upon the performance in a crash test in which one of the vehicle’s sides is struck by a barrier that is moving at a speed of 31 mph. This barrier represents the front end of an SUV or a pickup truck.
Lastly, the rear crash protection is evaluated by conducting a test that can simulate a collision in which a car that isn’t moving is hit in the rear at 20 mph.
Source: IIHS via Motor Authority
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