June 20, 2003

Subaru Forester only small SUV to earn “Good” rating from IIHS in both front offset and side impact testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the
Subaru Forester has received a “good” rating in the Institute’s first side
impact crash tests. This makes the Forester the only small SUV to achieve a
“good” score – the Institute’s highest rating – in both front offset and
side impact crash evaluations.

The IIHS attributed the Forester’s superior performance in the side impact
tests to the protection provided by standard side airbags and the fact that
there was less intrusion into the passenger compartment than in other small
SUVs tested.

“Subaru designs and builds vehicles to provide an extremely high level of
occupant protection and it is gratifying to have these efforts validated by
the objective experts at the IIHS,” said Norio Osakabe, chairman, president
and chief executive officer of Subaru Canada, Inc. “The IIHS found that
head injuries are a leading cause of death in side impact crashes. Side
airbags, which are standard on the Forester, were found to be crucial to
reducing the severity of those injuries.”

The IIHS tested 12 small SUVs to discover what happened if they were struck
in the side by a pickup truck or SUV at about 30 mph. Complete results and
more information about the side impact testing is available at the IIHS web
site at www.hwysafety.org.

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