2009 Honda Pilot earns highest possible safety ratings

Honda leads industry with all of its light trucks featuring the highest safety ratings    

The all-new 2009 Honda Pilot sport-utility vehicle has earned the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "TOP SAFETY PICK" and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) best-possible 5-star crash safety rating for both frontal and side impact performance. NHTSA's top safety rating and the prestigious "GOOD" (the best possible) rating in IIHS Frontal Offset, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection tests highlight Honda's leadership in safety technology and occupant protection for all passengers.            

"Honda is honoured to receive these prestigious safety accolades," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc. "The fact that we are the only vehicle manufacturer that has the highest possible frontal and side impact ratings for all of its light trucks underscores our industry leadership and commitment to safety for the benefit of our customers." Every new Honda light truck - five vehicles in total - has achieved NHTSA's 5-star frontal and side impact crash safety ratings since the 2007 model year. Honda's complete line of 5-Star crash safety-rated light trucks includes the 2009 Pilot, 2008 Honda CR-V, 2008 Honda Element, 2008 Honda Odyssey, and the Canadian-built 2008 Honda Ridgeline.            

Honda is the only full-line brand to ever achieve the highest-possible side and frontal impact crash safety ratings for every light truck in its entire lineup. All 2009 Pilot SUVs include Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure that is designed to further enhance occupant protection in frontal collisions between vehicles of differing size and weight.            

The 2009 Pilot's standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)), commonly referred to as electronic stability control, with traction control and ABS; three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag; and a front passenger's side airbag with Honda's innovative occupant position detection system.

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