The number of vehicles earning either of the two top safetyawards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)jumped to 71 for 2015, up from 39 in December 2013. What'smore, the number of winners in the top category—TOP SAFETYPICK+—has increased by 11 for 2015, despite a tougher standardfor front crash prevention, according to IIHS.

Although the bar has been raised for TOP SAFETY PICK+by IIHS, the criteria for TOP SAFETY PICK are unchangedfrom 2014. To earn that rateing, a vehicle needs a "good" or"acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test and a "good"rating in each of the Institute’s four other crashworthinessevaluations: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and headrestraints. The 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation isawarded to vehicles that meet those criteria and also have anavailable front crash prevention system that earns an "advanced" or"superior" rating.

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Rosalie Donlon

Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU You can contact her at [email protected].