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Subaru Tribeca Given Highest Possible Safety Rating from NHTSA in Both the Frontal and Side-Impact NCAP Crash Tests

May 22, 2007

CHERRY HILL, NJ – The restyled and more powerful 2008 Subaru Tribeca received 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 Tribeca received 5 stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions.

NHTSA’s NCAP provides consumers with vehicle safety information, primarily front and side crash test results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions. The test results are relayed to consumers via an easily recognizable star rating system – from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. The NCAP crash tests are conducted at speeds higher than required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for both side impacts, at 38.5 miles per hour, and full frontal barrier impacts, at 35 miles per hour.

The 2008 Tribeca features a four-channel/four-sensor with Emergency Brake Assist (ABS) braking system , which analyzes force and stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking. A direct tire-pressure monitoring system and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are also standard. The EBD system automatically adjusts front/rear brake proportioning based on vehicle load and is more effective than conventional brake proportioning valves.

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