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2019 Chevy Equinox Earns Advanced Rating from IIHS for Front Pedestrian Braking System

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2019 Chevy Equinox

The 2019 Chevy Equinox is a great example of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s goal of helping drivers prevent accidents with pedestrians as the small SUV offers a front pedestrian braking system. This system, which has just been evaluated by the IIHS’ new testing criteria, has earned an advanced rating.

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Since accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles are on the uptick, the IIHS decided to incorporate new testing guidelines for autobrake systems with pedestrian detection. IIHS hopes this will help consumers understand the importance of that technology, as well as which systems are a worthy investment. They also hope to urge car manufacturers to add pedestrian detection systems to their vehicles’ autobrake features.

“Autobrake systems that can detect and brake for pedestrians are one important countermeasure to address the problem,” reports the IIHS.

The IIHS evaluated vehicles equipped with the technology based on their performance in “three different test track scenarios run at different speeds” and awarded them with one of three ratings — superior, advanced, or basic.

“A 2011 IIHS analysis of 2005–09 crash data estimated that pedestrian detection systems could potentially mitigate or prevent up to 65 percent of single-vehicle crashes with pedestrians in the three most common crash configurations and 58 percent of pedestrian deaths in these crashes if all vehicles were equipped with the systems,” IIHS reports.

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The 2019 Chevy Equinox, which is available at four trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier, also offers available driver assist systems such as Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

News Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety