ARLINGTON, VA- The 2012 Fiat 500 has been named a “Top Safety Pick” for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS recognizes vehicles that demonstrate “good” performance in front, side, rollover, and rear crash test evaluations performed at its Vehicle Research Center. Vehicles must also have electronic stability control. This feature is standard on all Fiat 500 models.

When it comes to safety features, the Fiat 500 has seven standard airbags. These include driver and front passenger multi-stage airbags, driver’s knee airbag, full-length side-curtain airbags, and standard seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax airbags.

Chrysler said reactive head restraints that deploy in the event of a rear collision to minimize the space between the driver and passenger’s head and the front head restraints are standard as well. High-strength steel door beams offer additional protection in the event of a side impact.

The new Fiat 500 is one of eight Chrysler Group models that are IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011.