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Safest cars for 2018

Dan Scheneman, NBC News
December 07, 2017 05:47 AM

NBC NEWS – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says it's pleased with how well manufacturers are making the grade for the upcoming year. This institute conducts crash tests and evaluates automobile safety standards.

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This year, 62 vehicle models earned the institute's top safety pick award. 15 earned its highest award despite tougher criteria requiring better headlights and enhanced passenger side protection.

"Most drivers, when they buy a car, they think the passenger is going to be protected as well as they are. Our new test is to try to achieve that," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Leading the way this year for the most top safety pick plus awards are Hyundai and Subaru. All of these new 2018 models show protection is a continued priority for the driving public.

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