2008 Subaru Forester Awarded 5-Star Crash Safety
Date: Friday, August 10 @ 15:00:00 UTC
2008 Subaru Forester Awarded 5-Star Crash Safety
-- Subaru Forester received the highest government crash test ratings in
both the frontal and side-impact NCAP crash tests --
CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 9 -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced
that the 2008 Subaru Forester will have the highest rating in the U.S.
Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. The Subaru Forester received five
stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for both the driver and
passenger seating positions.
"The Subaru Forester is the most award winning small SUV in America," said
Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president, Subaru of America, Inc. "And when it
comes to safety, the Subaru Forester is again leading the way. The proven active
and passive safety features including Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and
available Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), give Forester customers confidence,
control, and peace of mind."
NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides consumers with vehicle
safety information, primarily front and side crash test results, and more
recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.
The test results are relayed to consumers via an easily recognizable star rating
system - from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. The NCAP crash tests are
conducted at speeds higher than required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards for both side impacts, at 38.5 miles per hour, and full frontal
barrier impacts, at 35 miles per hour.
Like all Subaru models, the 2008 Forester has been optimized for both active
safety (the technology to help the driver avoid hazardous situations) and
passive safety (the systems that help protect occupants in the event of a
Subaru Active Safety
The active safety concept for the Subaru Forester combines "right size"
proportions, with inherently crisp, agile driving responses and dynamic handling
systems. The Forester comes equipped with the company's most advanced version of
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, delivering power to all four wheels simultaneously.
Power sent from the Boxer Engine through a symmetrical drivetrain gives Forester
superior driving performance and enhanced traction under any road condition.
In addition to its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Forester features four-wheel
independent suspension, handling each dip and bump independently. The
low-friction design and specific spring- and shock- absorber tuning diffuse road
irregularities, making the most of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive by maximizing
tire contact with the road.
New for the Forester this year is Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), available
on all turbo models equipped with automatic transmission, such as 2.5XT Limited
and Sports 2.5XT models. VDC is a highly sophisticated stability control system
that actively controls the center differential's power distribution by means of
a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch. The system distributes torque
to the appropriate wheel based on input from steering wheel angle, yaw and
lateral g-force sensors. It also monitors input from the ABS brake system,
adjusting individual wheel braking as needed, helping to maintain vehicle
control under a variety of driving conditions.
A four-wheel ABS braking system with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
comes standard with the Forester. The EBD system automatically varies the amount
of force applied to both front and rear brakes. It adjusts brake hydraulic
pressure between the front and rear axles in order to maximize stopping power.
Subaru Passive Safety
The foundation for passive safety in the Forester, and in all Subaru
vehicles, is the proven Subaru Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure.
Reinforced in key areas with high tensile-strength steel, the frame combines
dual side-impact door beams and front and rear crumple zones. The frame absorbs
the energy of an impact from any direction, helps protect the reinforced
passenger compartment and provides excellent protection in a variety of
The Subaru Boxer engine contributes to safety, because it allows more crush
room in front impacts. Subaru vehicles are designed to allow the entire
powertrain to slide under the car along the floor tunnel in a severe collision,
helping to prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment. In the rear, the
spare tire is mounted underneath the vehicle to avoid intrusion into the
Advanced Air Bag Systems
The Subaru advanced frontal air bag system (SRS) uses dual-stage-deployment
driver and front passenger air bags. A position sensor on the driver's seat
track detects if the driver is sitting too close to the air bag, in which case
the system would delay deployment of the air bag's second stage. The system also
takes input from a seatbelt buckle switch, to determine if the driver is using
Front seat-mounted head/chest side-impact air bags protect the driver and
passenger's head and torso regardless of seat position. Meanwhile,
height-adjustable active front-seat head restraints help prevent whiplash by
shifting forward, cradling the head during a rear-end collision.
The passenger side front seat incorporates an occupant detection system that
measures weight on the passenger seat - determining the presence of a child or
adult - to control air bag deployment. In addition, the system takes input from
a seatbelt tension sensor installed in the seatbelt anchor, as well as a
seatbelt buckle sensor. If the system determines "empty seat" or "child" (based
on weight thresholds), it sets the front air bag not to deploy and illuminates
the "air bag off" indicator. If an adult is detected, the air bag will be set to
deploy and the "air bag on" light illuminates.
All seating positions in the Forester feature a three-point seatbelt. All
Subaru models incorporate electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force
limiters in the front three-point seatbelts. These systems work together to
gradually restrain the occupants and absorb the impact energy of a frontal
collision. The seatbelt pre-tensioners operate simultaneously with the front air
bags and cinch the front seatbelts to help restrain the driver and front
passenger in their seats. Additionally, the mechanically operated torsion-bar
force-limiters extend the belts to reduce the belt forces on the occupants'
torsos. The seatbelt mechanism also absorbs energy through internal deformation.
The Subaru Forester also comes standard with active front head restraints
designed to help reduce potential whiplash injury in a rear collision. A safety
brake pedal system and energy-absorbing collapsible steering column also help
Additionally, the Forester comes with standard child safety features. Rear
child-safety door locks keep children safely inside. The locks control whether
children can open the door from inside the car and can be set individually for
each door. The Forester is also equipped with a LATCH System: Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren. LATCH is a system mandated by the Federal government in an
effort to standardize and simplify the installation of child restraints without
using the vehicle's seatbelt system. It allows for more secure positioning of a
child safety seat, thus providing a safer environment.
The 2008 Forester boasts a 2.5-liter engine. All 2.5X model engines deliver
173 horsepower and 166 kb.-ft. of torque on unleaded regular gas. Meanwhile,
2.5XT model engines deliver 224 horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque on unleaded
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the
best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new
vehicle retail registration statistics.
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