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The 2017 Subaru Impreza "managed to ace [safety] every test"

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested the 2017 Subaru Impreza, and well, the Impreza did a good job. We'll let the IIHS tell it: "The redesigned Subaru Impreza, a small car, is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, thanks to top ratings for crash protection, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good-rated headlights." And per IIHS's twitter, "This car managed to ace every test."

Liz Lemon high-fiving herself

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Who makes Subaru's airbags?

Subaru prides itself on safety. Subaru is the only manufacturer to have every model in their lineup earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Subaru has done it twice. (Fingers crossed for three in a row this year!) One of the most important safety features on a vehicle are its airbags. Airbags have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, and we want to make sure that all our guests have all the information they need to be informed and safe!

Close up of a Subaru interior with the Subaru emblem and airbag emboss

Who makes Subaru's airbags?

Subaru uses both Autoliv and Takata.

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Safest performance compact on the planet? Rally champion? BRZ STi? Yes, yes, and yes!


So much Subaru news has been coming out, it's hard to keep up with it all! Here's a smattering of the Subaru news you need to know!

The Subaru WRX is getting EyeSight

EyeSight is part of what makes Subaru unmatched in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks (see the the rankings here, where Subaru is the best of the best). Torque News seems pretty excited:


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What cars are the safest? The 2015 Subaru line up sweeps IIHS Top Safety Picks.


 


For the sixth year in a row, Subaru is the only manufacturer to earn Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for every vehicle in its line up. The Impreza, XV Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, and Forester each earned Top Safety Pick + and are once again the only vehicles in their classes to earn a Superior rating on Crash Mitigation and Prevention.

So, what does that mean?

From the IIHS:

IIHS tests evaluate…

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Seven Subaru models earn IIHS Top Safety Picks


Part of what makes Stanley Subaru great is the commitment Subaru owners show us. We got a digital postcard from Subaru owners Linda and Larry. They spent three weeks cruising around Wyoming and Montana in a rental car, and nothing less than a Subaru would do. Here they are posing with their borrowed Crosstrek.

  

Thanks Linda and Larry! We look forward to having you back in Maine!

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What is New for Subaru EyeSight System? New Features to Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology



Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is the technological equivalent of "The Buddy System."


 

Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are two new features to the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist  System.

The EyeSight* Driver Assist Technology integrates multiple safety and convenience features so you'll always feel comfortable and protected, wherever you go. EyeSight gives you a virtual second pair of eyes on the road that can warn you of potential danger ahead, and even…
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Why is Subaru Stealing the Spotlight From Big Automakers? Three Simple Reasons


Why is Subaru Stealing the Spotlight From Big Automakers? Three Simple Reasons

Subaru is moving up in their brand perception, and it's due in part to new cars like the 2014 Subaru Forester and 2014 XV Crosstrek. How are they doing it?

 

There are 3 reasons why Subaru is stealing the spotlight from larger automakers, as an article posted today by Torque News' Denis Flierl explains below:

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What's New About Subaru's 2nd Generation EyeSight System?



What's New About Subaru's 2nd Generation EyeSight System? Subaru's Driver Assistance Technology Gets an Upgrade

  

What's New for the 2nd Generation EyeSight System:
  • Technology to feature on more Subaru models
  • New Color Camera Based Driver Assist System
  • Also debuting are Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Nine out of 10 current Eyesight purchasers would recommend the technology

Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. has…
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How Does Traction Control Work? What is Subaru Traction Control?



How Does Subaru's Traction Control Work? | Traction Control is part of Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control System | Traction Control Light

 

How Does Traction Control Work?
Traction Control, Electronic Stability, Limited-Slip Device, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist are all components of the Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC).

Here is a great explanation from C.J.Spitz of Cars101.com:

"The components of the VDC system are:

Direction: uses…

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How to Remove Ice From Your Car--Tips for Ice Removal


How to Remove Ice From Your Car--Tips for Ice Removal

 

If you are without a garage to keep your vehicle warm and dry, here are a few tips to remove the ice:

1. Start your vehicle and run both front and rear defrosters. You may need to run the vehicle for a long period of time.

2. Use a spray de-icer, available at most auto parts stores and gas stations. If you do not have…
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Five Subaru Models Now Rated 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks




Five Subaru Models Now Rated As 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 19, 2013 – Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the all-new, 2014MY Forester has been joined by the 2014MY Legacy and Outback (with Optional EyeSight) to be named as 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) along with the highest possible rating of “Superior” for Front Crash Prevention. The 2014MY Impreza and XV…
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2014 Subaru Impreza and 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award


2014 Subaru Impreza and 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award

 

The following is a news release from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2014 Subaru Impreza and its near-twin, the Subaru XV Crosstrek, earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in each of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test.


Beginning with 2014 models, Subaru made structural changes to improve…

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What is Crash Avoidance Technology? | Does Subaru EyeSight Have Crash Avoidance?



Subaru, with the EyeSight System, is the only car out of 74 tested to avoid a collision at 25 mph

 

In an article from TorqueNews describing the new IIHS safety rating for crash avoidance, David Flierl states that "the 2013-2014 Subaru Legacy sedan and 2013-2014 Outback crossover scored the highest in a new IIHS safety rating and they use a safety system called EyeSight that is better than all the competition."

"How can a small automaker…

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How Has Subaru Improved Vehicle Safety? What Are The New Safety Features on Subaru Vehicles?



Safety Drives Subaru Design: Safety Features of Subaru Vehicles

Control and Braking

Along with the traction that Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), a stability control system, automatically senses steering and braking inputs to help keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path. The VDC system also includes an all-wheel all-speed traction control system.

In stopping situations, the Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) pulses braking power to help prevent wheel lockup. Electronic…

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What is Subaru EyeSight? How Does EyeSight Work?



What is EyeSight?

EyeSight is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver in making decisions in order to provide for more safe and comfortable driving and to reduce driver fatigue. It is designed to help assist drivers, not replace them.


 

EyeSight is new Subaru technology that monitors your safety whether your eyes are on the road or not.  Subaru takes a look into the future with EyeSight. Two…

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How Can I Keep My Pet Safe in My Car? Are Pet Restraints Safe?



STUDY SHOWS MANY PET CAR SAFETY RESTRAINTS TO BE UNSAFE 


Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety Announce Full Study and Crash Testing Results

Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness Named 2013 Top Performing Harness


 


Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), announced today the results of a collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims. Sleepypod's Clickit Utility Harness has been identified…

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How Does The 2014 Subaru Forester Perform in Crash Tests? IIHS Small Overlap Test Results



2014 Forester Earns Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS:
The 2014 Subaru Forester is first vehicle to ace every aspect of the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash Test

 

The Subaru Forester was tested, along with 12 other small SUV's, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with the new Small Overlap Front Crash Test. The Forester outperformed all others, across all aspects of the testing. Be sure to scroll down to see the video…
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How Does Subaru Handle Recalls? How Do I Know if My Subaru Has an Open Recall?


How Does Subaru Handle Recalls? | How Do I Know if My Subaru Has an Open Recall? | Subaru Is Always Proactive Instead of Reactive When It Comes To Vehicle Recalls


Subaru is a leader in the automotive industry when it comes to safety. Safety is the first element considered when a Subaru is designed, and every effort is made to produce the safest vehicle possible. Every Subaru vehicle on the market today is an IIHS Top…
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How Do I Keep My Pet Safe in My Subaru? | Subaru to Test Pet Car Safety Restraints


Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety to Test Pet Car Safety Restraints


Subaru to fund a quest for the top performing safety restraints so consumers can keep their best friend as safe as possible on the road.

 
Lawmakers in Subaru of America's home state of New Jersey are the first to consider the requirement of pet restraints when riding in vehicles

 

March 5, 2013

Cherry Hill, N.J., -  Subaru of America, Inc. today…
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How Does the Subaru Brake Override System Work?



Avoid Accelerating Accidentally with the Brake Override System

Break Override System contributes to safer driving and greater driving confidence.



Ever tried to stop quickly only to have your foot hit both the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time? Or tried to work the pedals with winter boots that overlap them?

That might have caused the vehicle to bang to a stop or lurch forward--or both.  Either way, such an experience can be disconcerting…
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Should the NHTSA Require Black Boxes on Personal Vehicles?




Should the NHTSA Require Black Boxes on Personal Vehicles?



In an article on ABC News' "Tech This Out" blog, Mark Greenblatt writes about the potential new mandate from the NHTSA requiring a 'black box' in all new cars and trucks. It is an attempt to make vehicles safer, by providing information about what actually happened during an accident, to help emergency personnel and law enforcement with accident investigations.  Some critics argue that this invades the…

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Is Subaru the Best Car Money Can Buy? CNNMoney Thinks So




Is Subaru the Best Car Money Can Buy? The Senior Editor-At-Large of CNNMoney / Fortune Magazine presents a strong case for Subaru. 

In an article titled "Are Subarus the best cars money can buy?" posted on CNNMoney and to be published in Fortune's December issue, Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large, gives a well rounded history of Subaru of America, highlights the strengths and long list of safety and residual value awards. Taylor illustrates how Subaru…

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What Information Do I Share After a Motor Vehicle Accident?


What Information Do I Share After A Motor Vehicle Accident?

Thank you to our friends at J.C. Milliken Insurance Agency for bringing this to our attention. Good advice is always worth sharing. The information below comes from today's article on ClaimsJournal.com:

Do you know what to do after you've had a motor vehicle accident? After safety and medical treatments are made comes everyone's dreaded part…exchanging information with the other…

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How Does the Occupant Detection System (ODS) Work in My Subaru?


What is an Occupant Detection System (ODS)? How Does an ODS Work?
Stanley Subaru answers these questions with this week's Technical Schmecnical Lesson.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the use of an Occupant Detection System (ODS). This system is designed to determine if a person is seated in the front passenger seat*, and, more importantly, if the person is of adequate size to be protected in the event of the deployment of the…

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