Honda Accord Gets Highest Rating In Crash Test


Honda Motor Co.’s Accord received the best possible safety rating passenger cars  tested for crashes under new U.S. evaluation standards, edging ahead of Toyota Motor  Co.

The mid-size Accord, Honda’s top-selling U.S. model, got an overall five-star  rating, according to results posted on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety  Administration’s website.

Of 40 models tested so far, six rated five stars overall. The Accord is the first to  get five stars in each of three crash categories tested by NHTSA. Transportation  Secretary Ray LaHood said the ratings are aimed at boosting overall safety and  ensuring the results more accurately reflect the crashworthiness of new cars and  light trucks. Changes include the use of female crash- test dummies for the first  time, along with male versions, to collect data about injuries to the chest, head,  neck and legs.

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The Accord sedan received five stars on side and frontal crashes and rollovers,  according to NHTSA. Hyundai’s Sonata, with an overall five-star rating, scored the  top score on side-crashes and rollovers and four stars in frontal crashes, NHTSA  said. The agency continues to test cars and trucks and is adding the results as they  are complete.

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