Arlington, Virginia – The Mercedes-Benz R-Class and Lincoln MKZ are the newest 2009 Top Safety Pick award winners from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To quality, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “good” in the Institute’s front, side and rear tests, and be equipped with electronic stability control.  Both the R-Class and MKZ have ESC as standard equipment.

The designation applies to 2009 R-Class models built after September 2008, and to 2010 MKZ models.

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