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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