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Mazda6 Sedan Awarded Top Scores in Recent Crash Tests

October 6, 2003

The Mazda6 sport sedan has been named a "Best Pick" in the most recent round of high-speed frontal offset crash testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mazda6 also scored a perfect five-star rating in recent full-frontal crash testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), marking it as one of the highest safety-rated vehicles available. "Mazda is committed to building and selling vehicles that maximize the safety of their passengers," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. "To achieve that, we design and develop impact-protection systems intended to minimize occupant injury as well as vehicle damage and repair costs." According to IIHS' rating system, the Mazda6's score of "Good" (the highest possible) means that in a real-world crash of similar severity, a belted driver would likely walk away without serious injury. According to NHTSA, Mazda6's five-star rating (the highest possible) means that a belted front-seat occupant would have a ten-percent or lower chance of serious injury. In order for the Mazda6 to avoid accidents, it is also equipped with active safety equipment including four-wheel independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and available traction control.
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