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    Kia Niro Gets Top Safety Rating from IIHS

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus, to the 2018 Kia Niro.
    “The Niro is one of our most popular models, and receiving the highest possible safety rating from IIHS provides yet another reason why it should be the top choice for anyone shopping for a small hybrid SUV,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America
    The automaker, in a statement, stated that the TSP+ rating for Niro would increase the total number of Kia vehicles with 2018 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus ratings to nine.
    The President, Hyundai America Technical Center, William Freels, said, “We’re very pleased with this new TSP+ award for Niro. It validates our efforts to develop vehicles that meet some of the industry’s highest safety standards and it endorses the skill and commitment of our designers and engineers.”

    According to the IIHS, to qualify for TSP+, its testing parameters require that a vehicle earn ‘Good’ ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint – as well as a ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ rating in the passenger side small overlap front test, an ‘Advanced’ or ‘Superior’ rating for front crash prevention, and a ‘Good’ rating in headlight testing.

    To qualify for a TSP rating, a vehicle must earn ‘Good’ ratings in five crashworthiness tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an ‘Advanced’ or ‘Superior’ rating for front crash prevention, and an ‘Acceptable’ or ‘Good’ rating in headlight testing,” it added.

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