The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been conducting crash tests and watching out for car safety issues for a long time. Now it has issued its Top Safety Picks for 2012. The group, funded by the insurance industry, conducts tests separate from government-funded tests and found a record 115 car models that made the pick, up from 11 in 2005.
USA Today’s auto section, Drive On, says the top includes 69 cars, five minivans, and 38 SUVs. The findings include: Subaru ranks high for every model it builds; Toyota had the most in the top category with 15; General Motors followed with 14; then Volkswagen/Audi at 13; Ford/Lincoln and Honda/Acura at 12 each; and Chrysler/Fiat/Dodge at 11.
Most surprising pick is the Accord which had been off the IIHS list because of roof-strength issues, but was back on the list along with 9 other Hondas.