updated 11/6/2005 7:31:45 PM ET 2005-11-07T00:31:45

Ford
"The Ford Freestar is a safe vehicle.  Ford designed the Freestar to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide range of real-world crashes, including side impacts.

Freestar achieved an “Acceptable” rating when the Insurance Institute tested it with optional Safety Canopy and side impact airbags. 

The Freestar also earned the highest possible 5-star driver and 5-star passenger safety rating in the U.S. government’s NCAP frontal crash test.  The Freestar also earned a 4-star front seat and 5-star rear seat safety rating in the side impact test without the use of the optional Safety Canopy and side impact air bags.

All 2006 Freestar minivans offer an optional Safety Canopy with 3-row coverage and front-seat thorax side airbags. This system enhances head and chest protection in a wide range of real-world side impact collisions."

Honda
"Earlier this year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranked the all-new 2005 Honda Odyssey as a “Best Pick” among minivans in frontal offset crash tests. In those tests, the Odyssey received a “Good” designation in all tested categories, including the structure/safety cage rating and injury measurements for head/neck, chest, leg and feet for left and right occupant.

We are pleased the Odyssey has now earned a ‘Good’ rating in the IIHS Side Impact Test. As part of our ‘Safety for Everyone’ commitment, nearly all Honda cars and Light Trucks are equipped standard with side airbags, side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes, regardless of trim level. Because we don’t package safety gear as an option, customers who opt for the well equipped base model of the Odyssey, all the way up to the fully loaded Touring model, can expect top level protection, consistent with our commitment of ‘Safety for Everyone’.

As stated above, Honda makes choosing a safe vehicle easy for its customers because equipment that is typically optional and expensive on other minivans is standard on every Odyssey we sell.

A partial list of key Honda Odyssey safety features includes:

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for enhanced occupant protection and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility in a collision.
  • Advanced driver’s and passenger’s front air bags with dual-stage passenger’s air bag which deploys at two different rates based on the severity of the collision
  • Driver’s and front passenger’s side air bags with passenger size and position sensor
  • Side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensor) for all three rows
  • Dedicated side impact sensors for all three rows
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control for accident avoidance
  • Anti-lock brakes

Honda and Acura vehicles have an outstanding safety record and comprise the largest number of 5 Star safety rated vehicles of any manufacturer."

Mazda
“While we are disappointed in the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) recent side-impact crash testing, Mazda stands behind the safety and quality of the MPV minivan. 

In contrast to IIHS’ findings, the U.S. government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Mazda MPV a rating of five-stars, the highest possible scores in both frontal and side impact tests.  And, of course, the MPV meets or exceeds every NHTSA-required safety standard.”

Nissan
“We are pleased that the latest IIHS side impact tests reflect Nissan’s commitment to product safety and customer satisfaction.  All Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are designed and engineered to meet or surpass the safety regulations established by the federal government as well as pass our own rigorous internal safety requirements. We design all of our products to provide a high level of occupant safety in a wide range of real-world crashes, including side-impact collisions.

We will continue to review, evaluate and, as necessary, take these results into consideration along with other data generated from outside sources.”

Toyota
“As of this date, we still have not had an opportunity to fully evaluate the test results from the IIHS, and we have not seen the ratings. While Toyota is very interested in the results of IIHS and other third party tests, the Sienna, like all Toyota and Lexus products, meets or exceeds all federal government motoral vehicle safety standards. Toyota conducts comprehensive crash tests on all of our vehicle models. This ongoing program consists of both dynamic and simulated tests and evaluations involving impacts at various angles and speeds to confirm performance in a variety of collusion modes.”

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