What Is an IIHS Safety Award?

An IIHS Safety Award is always a big honor. That’s why Mazda is proud to have multiple awards from the IIHS. But what exactly is an IIHS Safety Award?

IIHS stands for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Each year, they do studies to evaluate the safety of cars on the market. It takes into account two different aspects of safety.

First, it considers crashworthiness, which determines how well a vehicle can protect a driver and passengers in a crash. The outcome is based on five different tests and is given a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The five different tests are conducted in moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

2016 Mazda CX-3 - Bakersfield, CA

The Mazda CX-3 was just one of the Mazda vehicles that took home the IIHS Safety Award.

Crash avoidance and mitigation is also considered, which analyzes technology that can prevent a crash in the first place or lessen the severity of a crash. Crash prevention systems can be rated basic, advanced, or superior.

Some Mazdas that have taken home IIHS awards in the past year are:

2016 Mazda 3

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda 6

To learn more about these specific Mazda models, or for any other safety related questions, visit us today at Bakersfield Mazda and feel confident and safe thanks to the IIHS awards!

Mazda G-Vectoring Control System

While many automakers are focusing on safety, Mazda is working to help reduce human error as a whole. With the reveal of their new electric system for controlling the chassis, Mazda is showing how it plans to do just that. Known as the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System, the Japanese automaker plans to cut down on driver fatigue and stress in its future models.

So, how does it work?

While it can get fairly complicated, the simple answer is that the system uses minute changes in the engine’s torque output to put more weight on the front wheels. That extra weight allows the vehicle to maneuver around corners much more smoothly and with less steering on the driver’s part.

2015 Mazda6 - Bakersfield, CA

The Mazda G-Vectoring Control System is planning to come to future models.

By providing a more driver-friendly steering system, the G-Vectoring Control System reduces lateral acceleration, driver steering input, resulting in a less fatigued driver behind the wheel.

Check out this video to see the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System in action on a snow-covered road.

In future updates, Mazda plans to add more driver-friendly front seats. The new seats will be designed to hold passengers more firmly, effectively reducing pressure points.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are proud to see Mazda making efforts to combat driver fatigue and ultimately create safer roadways!

Three Every-Day Habits to Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

We all want what is best for our families and would do anything to keep our children as safe as possible on the road. Establishing good safety habits in the car now will encourage responsible behavior for years to come. Here are three important in-car safety habits to establish now to keep your kids safe in the car:

  1. Get the right car seat. Make sure each of your children are being secured into the correct car seat based on their age, height, and your state’s laws. We recommend keeping your children in their respective car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions before graduating them to the next seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly and that all straps are snug and not twisted.
  2. Assume loose objects are projectiles. We don’t usually give too much thought to the items in our car, but just like in an airplane, loose items should be secured while driving. In the event of an accident, loose items become flying objects that can cause serious injury or even death. At a minimum, heavy, blunt, and potentially sharp objects should be secured in the trunk, glovebox, or center console.
  3. Teach car safety. Rollover deaths, trunk/car entrapment, and back-over deaths can all be avoided by teaching your children to never play in or around any vehicles. Becoming locked in a car on a hot day could prove deadly. It’s also imperative that caretakers never leave children in a hot car for any period of time.

To learn more about ways to keep your kids safe in the car, visit forbes.com.