The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan a “Top Safety Pick.”
While the IIHS’ safety tests have always been tough, they have become even more challenging over the last couple of years, thanks to an added rollover test. In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, vehicles must endure four crash tests, front, rear, side-impact, and rollover, and earn the top score of “good” in each test. An electronic stability control system, like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control, must also be offered as a standard feature to earn the prestigious title.
Some of the features on the impressive 3 Series that helped the sedan earn this designation include anti-lock brakes, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, full-color Head-up Display, Lane Departure Warning, a rearview camera with Top-View and Blind-Spot warning, front and side airbags, and head protection airbags.
According to Tom Baloga, Vice President, Engineering (US) for BMW, “The new 3 Series is a testament to BMW’s long tradition of passenger safety as well as to the men and women who engineer and build them. While we remain committed to providing the best possible passenger protection, we believe that the best crash is the one avoided. The new 3 Series offers even more active safety technology, firmly rooted in the dynamics and handling that have made it the quintessential sports sedan through six generations.”