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Subaru Legacy and Outback Top Safety Pick from IIHS

Subaru's 2010 Legacy and Outback are the latest models to earn the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Earlier this week, the 2010 Legacy also snatched the maximum five-star rating from the Euro NCAP, after scoring good in all tests.

The 2010 Legacy and Outback tested by the IIHS come with side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags, as well as with ESP, ABS and rollover sensor.

"Building safe vehicles is one of the things our customers have come to know and expect from us,"
said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "To have this endorsement by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for every Subaru vehicle in our line-up is a tribute to our engineers and reinforces to consumers that we focus not only on manufacturing fun-to-drive vehicles, but also vehicles that are durable and dependable."

The two models scored a good rating in all tests, providing advanced protection in most regions, including head and neck, chest, left and right legs. The IIHS says that dummy movement was well controlled and, after it moved forward into the airbag, it was pushed back into the seat "without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury," as IIHS explained in the test results.

"Recognizing vehicles at the head of the class for safety helps consumers distinguish the best overall choices without having to sort through multiple test results," says Institute president Adrian Lund.
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