Lexus CT 200h earns top safety award [Photo Gallery]

Top safety award is highest safety designation awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

TORRANCE, Calif.–The 2011 Lexus CT 200h has earned a “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The “Top Safety Pick” is the highest safety designation awarded by the IIHS.  To qualify, vehicles must earn the highest rating of “good” in the IIHS’ front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations and be equipped with electronic stability control.

According to Lexus, the body structure of the CT 200h is key to fundamental safety characteristics. It absorbs and distributes energy in a crash. High-strength steel components in the body boost strength.

The car incorporates a standard eight-airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with dual-stage front airbags and knee airbags for driver and front passenger. Side curtain airbags and front side airbags protect front and rear passengers in certain types of severe frontal or side collisions.

The front passenger’s twin-chamber airbag disperses the forces applied to the passenger immediately after deployment. Front seatbelts incorporate pretensioners with force-limiters to protect occupants in the event of certain severe frontal collisions.

It also has Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seat concept featuring a new seat back structure and headrest design.

The CT 200h, which went on sale in March 2011, has 134 horsepower and fuel economy of 5.47L/100km city and 5.88L/100km on the highway.

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