According to The Latin American Tribune, the Volkswagen Jetta 2015 scored the highest in crash tests conducted by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The latest version of a model that made its debut in the 1980s emerged as a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ thanks to structural changes that improved small overlap protection and the addition of an optional front crash prevention system, the IIHS said.
Adopted in 2012, the small overlap crash test aims to measure how a vehicle will fare when its front corner strikes an object such as a tree or utility pole.
That type of collision is not always taken into account in the design of seat-belts and airbags.
COMMENT: The IIHS, a non-profit organization, sets the standard for crash tests.
“To have IIHS recognize the vehicle as a Top Safety Pick + confirms that our commitment to safety and engineering pays off in delivering a standout compact vehicle,” Mark McNabb, Volkswagen of America’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.