(Toronto, ON – September 6, 2012) The 2013 Scion FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” rating, bringing the company’s total of IIHS Top Safety Picks awards to 18, the most of any manufacturer in the industry.
FR-S comes standard with six airbags, including dual-stage advanced driver- and front-passenger airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags and side-curtain airbags. Like all Scions, the FR-S features the Star Safety System that includes Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).
The 18 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models named Top Safety Picks this year are the Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Sienna, Tundra (crew cab), Venza and Yaris (4-door hatchback); Scion tC, xB, xD, and FRS; and Lexus CT 200h, GS and RX.
In its effort to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — the Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Picks must have good ratings in all four tests.