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2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback Earn Highest Ratings in NHTSA NCAP Crash Tests

February 22, 2007

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The 2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback earned the highest rating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. The Subaru Legacy and Outback received five stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for all seating positions.Subaru calls its safety concept Active Driving/Active Safety. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive forms the core of the Subaru Active Driving/Active Safety concept. Symmetrical all-wheel-drive provides a significant traction advantage over two-wheel-drive cars (front- and/or rear-wheel drive) on all road surfaces. On all 2007 Subaru models, the standard 4-channel / 4-sensor anti-lock brake system incorporates electronic brake-force distribution. This system enhances braking performance and stability by actively optimizing braking force between the front and rear wheels according to how the vehicle is loaded with passengers and cargo.Also, all 2007 Subaru models incorporate electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters in the front three-point seatbelts. These systems work together to gradually restrain the occupants and absorb the impact energy of a frontal collision. The seatbelt pre-tensioners operate simultaneously with the front airbags and cinch the front seatbelts to help restrain the driver and front passenger in their seats. Next, the mechanically operated torsion-bar force-limiters extend the belts to reduce the belt forces on the occupants’ torsos. The seatbelt mechanism also absorbs energy through internal deformation.All 2007 Subaru models feature the Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System. This airbag system employs dual-stage-deployment driver and front passenger airbags. All Forester and Impreza models for 2007 feature standard front seat head/chest side impact airbags. The Legacy and Outback models come equipped with front-seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags. The B9 Tribeca is equipped with front-seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags for the front and middle rows. Mounted in the upper sides of the front seatbacks, the front seat side-impact airbags offer protection regardless of seat position. The side-curtain airbags deploy from the headliner.
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