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BMW Earns "TOP SAFETY PICK"
Awards For 3 Series Sedan, X5, And X3 In IIHS Ranking Of 2009
BMW 3 Series
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - BMW of North
America today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and
X3 models the top rating of "Good" in each of its series of
crash tests, earning each vehicle the Institute's coveted Top
Safety Pick Award.
Receiving the Top Safety Pick for
the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and X3 vehicles is one of
numerous awards BMW has earned from the IIHS over the years. In
fact, as a result of IIHS crash tests in 2000, the 2001 BMW X5
earned the unique distinction of not only being the best SUV,
but also being the safest vehicle ever tested by IIHS up to that
"BMW continues to be committed to
both our active and passive safety technologies, and we are
pleased to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's
Top Safety Pick award for the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and
X3," said Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW of North America, LLC.
The Institute rates vehicles "Good,"
"Acceptable," "Marginal" or "Poor" based on performance in high-speed
Frontal Offset and Side Impact crash tests as well as an evaluation of
the vehicle's Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraints, which protect
against neck injuries in rear impact crashes. In order for a vehicle to
become a Top Safety Pick, it must earn "Good" ratings in all three
Institute tests. Additionally, as of 2007, winning vehicles must also
offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - a standard feature on all BMW
vehicles, known as Dynamic Stability Control. The IIHS requires this
feature based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly
reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes,
by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency
(November 25, 2008)