Approximately 25,000 to 30,000 people die in car crashes each year. A little over 9,000 of those deaths occurred in rollovers. Subaru is the only car manufacturer who received a top rating for all four crash tests and in every vehicle class in which it competed. Ford -owned Volvo and the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, also received top ratings for multiple vehicles.
What car manufacturers missed the mark? Not a single model from the world's biggest automaker by sales is represented among this year's winners. Toyota and its Lexus and Scion subsidiaries had a strong showing in 2009 with 11 winners but were shut out for 2010. Four other manufacturers whose vehicles have earned Top Safety Pick in the past didn't have a qualifying vehicle for 2010: BMW, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Saab. The Honda Accord picked up the award the past 2 years, but the 2010 didn't earn the required good roof strength rating to qualify (the roof is rated acceptable). The Ford Fusion is another midsize car that dropped off the list for the same reason.
Here's a list of the 27 winners:
Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
Chrysler Sebring 4-door with optional electronic stability control
Dodge Avenger with optional electronic stability control
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Passat sedan
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Subaru Impreza except WRX
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Status Report, Vol. 44, No. 10: November 18, 2009
27 Winners of 2010 Top Safety Pick Award
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's Safety Tests Video