Insurance group says 7 cars best in new test of systems to prevent front-end crashes

By the Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — Seven midsize vehicles have earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions.

The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won “superior” ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The institute tested 74 midsize cars and SUVs from the model years 2013 and 2014. Six cars got second-best “advanced” ratings in the tests, while 25 received “basic” ratings. The rest didn’t have systems that met the institute’s standards.

The frontal-crash systems use radar, cameras, ultrasonic sensors and computers to spot objects in front of cars and can either warn the driver or automatically apply the brakes if they sense a potential collision.

The IIHS is a nonprofit research group funded by insurance companies. It has pushed federal regulators and automakers to require new safety systems or offer them as an option.

Automakers have been offering the frontal-crash systems on more models as the price of the technology falls.

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