The American Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the list of 39 cars that have been awarded their Top Safety Pick rating, and Honda has more vehicles featured than any other manufacturer.

Criteria to earn the award included high levels of protection during an accident and available crash prevention technology.

“We made it more difficult for manufacturers this year,” IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a December 19 media release.

“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.”

Additionally, the IIHS has added a second level of recognition: the Top Safety Pick plus, introduced last year to reward manufacturers offering proven crash avoidance technology.

As crash avoidance technology becomes more popular, the majority of cars recognised this year were awarded Top Safety Pick plus status (22 from 39 vehicles).

“Consumers who want both crash prevention technology and the latest in occupant protection have a fair number of vehicles to choose from,” Mr Lund said.

“We hope manufacturers continue to incorporate front crash prevention, developing more robust systems and adding them to more trim levels or, better yet, making them standard equipment.”

These ratings make it easier for businesses to choose the safest vehicles for their company car fleet.

However, even with the safest car, accidents are often unpredictable, unexpected events out of our control.

If an accident does occur, you may want to ensure you are covered by comprehensive motor vehicle insurance.

A comprehensive motor vehicle insurance policy will ensure you and your company are protected in the event a car accident causes damage or injury to a third party.

You may also want to insure your vehicle as a business use tool of your trade.

For more information on protecting your company’s vehicles, contact MGA Insurance Brokers today.