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"We've made it more difficult for manufacturers this year," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "Following a gradual phase-in, the small overlap crash is now part of our basic battery of tests, and good or acceptable performance should be part of every vehicle's safety credentials. We also felt it was time to offer extra recognition to manufacturers that are offering a proven crash avoidance technology." With the changes to the criteria, the number of Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick winners falls from a combined 130 at the time of the initial announcement of 2013 winners to 39 for 2014. Vehicles that have fallen off the list have less than acceptable ratings for small overlap protection or they havent been tested yet. All models that made it to the 2013 winners' circle continue to offer a high level of protection in four main crash types moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear.
|Crashworthiness tests that make up 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK criteria|
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