February 7, 2006

Lexus GS earns top rating in side impact test

Arlington, Virginia – The Lexus GS, equipped with standard side curtain airbags, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) top rating of “good” in side impact testing.

Ratings for its frontal offset and rear tests were done earlier; the GS earned a “good” rating in the frontal test, but “marginal” for its seat/head restraint design for protection in rear impacts. Toyota requested the side test of the GS earlier than the IIHS’ normal test schedule; side impact tests of other large luxury car models are planned for later in the year.

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