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Institute announces 2010 vehicle safety picks

Posted On Thu, November 19, 2009

One of the factors that play into the cost of a person's auto insurance is the type of car they drive.

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its Top Safety Pick awards for 2010, which include 19 cars and eight sports utility vehicles. In order to determine winners, the institute tests vehicles for their ability to protect people in front, rear and side crashes. Furthermore, this year marked the first time the award accounted for the strength of roofs.

"With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all four of the most common kinds of crashes," Adrian Lund, president of the institute, said.

Ford, and its subsidiary Volvo, had the most vehicles on the list at six. Subaru had five on the list and was the only car company to have vehicles in each of the four classes that are tested. Other makers with high numbers of vehicles picked included Volkswagon/Audi (5 picks) and Chrysler (4).

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are a number of things consumers should consider when shopping for a safe vehicle. Those include the vehicle's crashworthiness and what kind of restraint systems it has.

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