Japanese vehicles top insurance industry’s safest list

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DETROIT (AP and WKBN) – Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry’s rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick Plus.” That’s up from 33 a year ago.

Toyota, Honda and Subaru had the most winners. The Chrysler 200 was the only domestic car to earn the designation. Volkswagen, Volvo and Hyundai also had multiple winners.

To be a “Top Safety Pick Plus,” vehicles must get the top score in all five of the group’s crash tests. They also must have advanced front crash-prevention systems with automatic emergency braking.

The Lordstown-made Chevrolet Cruze did fairly well in the five tests. The 2015 4-door sedan received a top “Good” rating in all of them except for one of the front crash tests.

There was limited testing done on the 2016 Cruze model.

The institute says several vehicles added automatic braking in 2016 so they could compete for the top prize, including the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon.

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