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    2013 Lexus GS earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

    The GS, a large luxury car redesigned for the 2013 model year, earns the Institute's top award for good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations.

    The GS is the third Lexus to qualify since the Institute made the criteria for earning the award tougher in 2010 by requiring good performance in a roof strength test that assesses rollover protection. The other models are the RX, a midsize luxury SUV, and the CT 200h, a hybrid small car.

    To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes.

    The roof of the GS withstood a force equal to 4.88 times the vehicle's weight. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or better earn a good rating.



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