18th November, 2010
Honda Motor Co.â€™s Accord received the best possible safety rating passenger carsÂ tested for crashes under new U.S. evaluation standards, edging ahead of Toyota MotorÂ Co.
The mid-size Accord, Hondaâ€™s top-selling U.S. model, got an overall five-starÂ rating, according to results posted on the U.S. National Highway Traffic SafetyÂ Administrationâ€™s website.
Of 40 models tested so far, six rated five stars overall. The Accord is the first toÂ get five stars in each of three crash categories tested by NHTSA. TransportationÂ Secretary Ray LaHood said the ratings are aimed at boosting overall safety andÂ ensuring the results more accurately reflect the crashworthiness of new cars andÂ light trucks. Changes include the use of female crash- test dummies for the firstÂ time, along with male versions, to collect data about injuries to the chest, head,Â neck and legs.
The Accord sedan received five stars on side and frontal crashes and rollovers,Â according to NHTSA. Hyundaiâ€™s Sonata, with an overall five-star rating, scored theÂ top score on side-crashes and rollovers and four stars in frontal crashes, NHTSAÂ said. The agency continues to test cars and trucks and is adding the results as theyÂ are complete.