Safety 1st: 2010 “Top Safety Pick Awards” Have Been Announced

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USA (WOIO) - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its 2010 "Top Safety Pick Awards."

Nineteen cars and eight sport utility vehicles won this year's award and for the first time, a good performance in a roof strength test that measures protection in a rollover is needed to win.

The awards go to vehicles with good ratings on rollover protection as well as protection front, side and rear crashes.

Subaru is the only car maker with a winner in the four vehicle classes in which it competes, winning five separate awards.

Ford and its subsidiary Volvo have six winners, Volkswagen has five models and Chrysler won four.

Toyota, the world's largest auto maker, was shut out of this year's awards. Last year, Toyota along subsidiaries Lexus and Scion won 11 awards.

The Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, both winners last year, were also off this year's list because neither received a good rating on roof strength.

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