3 Cars Nab 2019 Top Safety Pick+ Awards for Mercedes-Benz
Luxury and safety make for great companions on the roadways. This shows as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced three 2019 Top Safety Pick+ awards for Mercedes-Benz models, including the GLC, GLE-Class, and E-Class 4-door sedan.
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To be eligible for a Top Safety Pick+ nod, the vehicle in question should score good ratings in all crash tests and headlights evaluation and achieve an advanced or superior rating in crash prevention.
All three Mercedes-Benz models achieved “Good” ratings in their crashworthiness tests, including driver-side, passenger-side, side, roof, and head restraints and seats. They also attained a “Superior” grade in the front crash prevention test.
The only rating that fell below the “Good” grade was the child seat anchors (latch) ease of use for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC, which received an “Average” rating for the fourth straight year.
The Top Safety Pick+ award is a coveted accolade for car manufactures every year, and this go-around involved IIHS raising the stakes. This year marked the first year the nonprofit organization excluded vehicles that only achieved an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.
“We challenged manufacturers to provide the best possible protection in a range of crash scenarios and equip vehicles with an automatic emergency braking system to avoid crashes, as well as offer headlights that give drivers confidence when traveling at night,” says IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey.
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While the IIHS adds stricter criteria to encourage automakers to strengthen their safety features, Mercedes-Benz shows that it is up to the challenge.