What Are the Safest Cars of the Year?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is raising the bar to get a high rating.
3:00 | 12/19/13

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brand-new report about auto safety. The annual rating on cars was released overnight, as we learn about new technologies that make some cars safer than ever. Jim avila is in washington with all the details. Good morning, jim. Reporter: Good morning, george. It's more and more difficult to pass the institute crash tests. Cars are getting so safe, insurance companies are raising the bar to get a high rating. They crash new cars. Five different ways. From the full frontal. Small overlap. Side. Rollover roof strength. And how head restraint protects crash test dummies. And if that weren't enough, the insurance institute for highway safety, gives a top safety pick-plus. Only if the new vehicles can help you avoid a crash altogether. With new technology that not only warns you of an impending crash, but can slam on the brakes. Supposedly, I'm dozing off. I did feel the brakes come on. It would have prevented the damage. These crash prevention systems address a very large number of crashes that occur on our roadways. They have an automatic braking system that will brake for the drivers. Reporter: And cars are getting better. Accident rates are at historic lows. Among the safest on the road, honda civic hybrid, mazda 3, and toyota prius, ford fusion, honda accord, the mazda 6, subarus legacy and outbook. Only 39 vehicles got the top rating, compared to more than 130 last year. You can see where your car stands on our website at goodmorningamerica.Com at yahoo! George? Jim, thanks very much.

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