Acura Safety – In a Class of Its Own

Acura Safety

Safety is one of the most pressing concerns for all auto manufacturers, but Acura prides itself on a line of vehicles that secure top safety ratings year-after-year, model-after-model! Like most luxury vehicles, people tend to dwell on the more flashy features, but Acura believes that safety should be a top priority – and it has been since day one for Acura.

Less than one year after starting its assembly lines, Acura introduced its first vehicle, the Legend Coupe, to come standard with an airbag. This was 11 years before airbags became mandatory in all vehicles. By 1988, the entire Legend line came standard with both airbags and anti-lock brakes.

More recently, in 2009, Acura was the first manufacturer to have every one of its models designated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2010, IIHS raised the bar on its Top Safety Pick requirements, and by the 2012 model year, Acura’s TL, TSX, TSX Sport Wagon and MDX all regained Top Safety Pick status. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Acura was also the first and only luxury brand to receive 5-Star crash safety ratings for all of its models in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program’s front and side impact crash tests.

While standards have changed over the years, Acura’s dedication to safety has not. To that end, Acura has developed two levels of safety features for its line of vehicles: Active and Passive. The idea behind the Active safety features is to help drivers avoid accidents before they occur, while the Passive safety features are designed to protect both driver and passengers if a collision does occur.

Acura began with the basics of driving when designing its Active safety system. Starting with precision steering, an enhanced suspension, and anti-lock brakes, and moving on to advanced technologies like headlights that swivel to illuminate curves in the road, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System that gives drivers advanced warning of a possible impact situation while braking automatically if impact is imminent, these vehicles are made to prevent accidents. Finally, Acura offers navigation systems with voice recognition and Bluetooth integrations to help eliminate distractions while driving.

Acura’s Passive safety features utilize a wide range of safety technologies starting with the structure of the vehicles themselves. Each model since 2005 is built with Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)™ and unit-body construction, both of which are engineered to help absorb crash energy and offer protection to the driver and passengers in the cabin. Acura also offers advanced dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags on most models with the passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) to help keep you safe and secure when collision becomes unavoidable. Finally, all Acura models come equipped with breakaway steering columns and many models use front-seat-active head restraints that use the force of the occupants’ body to position the head restraint forward and upward in a rear-end collision in order to help reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.

To Acura, safety is not just another feature to be added in for the right price, but rather a proven commitment to protecting drivers in the event of an accident. For more than two decades, Acura safety engineers have worked tirelessly to improve and advance safety components built into every model, every year.

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Your Safety in an Acura Vehicle
A top priority!

Acura Safety Picks

Our customers’ safety is our main concern! We want you to purchase the safest vehicle possible and Acura agrees.

Acura believes driving a luxury car should be a highly enjoyable experience. And while they tend to dwell on the more exhilarating aspects of their vehicles, they consider your safety a top priority. Just one year after the company’s debut, Acura began offering airbags – 11 years before it was mandatory!

In 2009, Acura was the first car company to have every one of its models receive a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Did you know that the new crash tests conducted by the IIHS are aimed to motivate improvements in protecting those in frontal crashes? Great news! Only 2 of 11 midsize luxury cars evaluated in these tests earned top ratings and one of them was the 2012 model of the Acura TL!

In its August, 2012 report, IIHS states that the Acura TL earned the highest rating in the small overlap frontal crash test. In the test, 25% of a car’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. A male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.  In the test, the Acura TL driver space was maintained reasonably well, and the dummy’s movement was well-controlled. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. In addition, side curtain and torso airbags deployed precisely in the Acura TL, and worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structures or objects that could cause injury.

Beyond the safety of the actual vehicle, Acura also designs with an eye toward creating and maintaining attentive drivers. So they have continually developed and offered new convenience features such as Voice Recognition System, Bluetooth®, HandsFreeLink®, and the new blind spot info system, all of which reduce driver distraction and increase driver awareness.

Acura’s commitment to safety doesn’t end there. They are committed to constantly offer new ways to ensure safety to everyone who rides in their vehicles. Most are unseen technologies incorporated throughout the vehicle, from the frame, steering, brakes and control systems and even the design of the seats.

Acura takes action to keep you safe with the basics: precision steering, tight suspension, and anti-lock brakes for superb responsiveness and enhanced stability. Most of Acura’s safety features come standard with every vehicle. For example, every Acura model has a 4-channel Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) system that helps you maintain control in all driving conditions by dynamically adjusting brake pressure and engine power.

Passive safety is also at the heart of every Acura vehicle’s design. The first line of defense in collision safety lies in the structure of the car itself. Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) and unit-body construction are both engineered to help absorb crash energy and offer protection to the cabin and its passengers. Every model redesigned since 2005 was built with ACE.  Also, Acura’s Occupant Position Detention System (OPDS) helps keep you safe and secure when trouble becomes inevitable! Breakaway steering columns and front seat active head restraints help to reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.

Model Safety Specifics

Some safety equipment specific to Acura models include:

  • The 2013 Acura ILX comes standard with a rearview camera, speed-sensing interval wipers and standard active head restraints to ensure safety during turning around, backing out of parking spots, during poor weather conditions and in the event of a crash.
  • The 2012 TL is one of only two cars that received the highest possible rating in the new small overlap frontal crash test, as detailed above. Standard safety features include front-seat side-impact torso airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability system. Also available is a blind spot warning system and AWD, which continues to be a great feature in both wet and dry conditions.
  • The 2013 Acura MDX provides all safety features as standard. Its unique Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ Body Structure, or ACE™, enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in a frontal impact. ACE™ helps to distribute crash energy and reduce the force of impact in the occupant cabin. This means that it actually helps the two vehicles involved in a crash to equalize the crash energy with the goal of minimizing the impact on both vehicles’ occupants. We are proud that this great feature was developed by Acura, and that it can be a lifesaver for our customers!

We know you will be impressed by the variety of high safety-quality vehicles available here at Tischer Auto. Simply click below to schedule your test drive(s), and we would be delighted to show you how owning a luxury car in the Acura brand can also be an exceptional investment in safe driving!

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