Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates 39 new cars as Top Safety Picks

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POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 10:03am

Some automakers are getting an early Christmas present.

Results released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show 39 new cars did so well in crash tests that the institute has chosen each to be a Top Safety Pick for 2014.

Twenty-two of them get the even higher ranking of top safety pick plus for installing front crash prevention systems.

"They can detect when you're getting too close, when a collision is imminent, they will try to alert you with a warning and if you don't act, they'll slam on the brakes," explains IIHS president Adrian Lund.

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