5/29/2015 Spring 2015 About the Author A Reputation Built on Safety By Scott Heidbrink 5/29/2015 Spring 2015 Subaru and safety are synonymous, and nowhere is that more evident than in the all-new 2015 Legacy. From exterior safety features to state-of-the-art technologies like Subaru EyeSight1and SUBARU STARLINK,2 every aspect of the Legacy is designed to help keep owners and their families safe. PROTECTION – INSIDE AND OUT Here are some of the key safety features of the 2015 Legacy that help keep you safe in the event of a collision: Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame – This design incorporates high-tensile steel that forms a ring around the driver and passengers, and includes front and rear crumple zones to absorb the force of the impact, channeling that energy away from the passenger compartment. The roof pillars feature a reinforced multilayer internal design that makes the structure more rigid – one reason why the 2015 Legacy earned a 5-Star rollover rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).3 Driver and Front Passenger Seat Cushion Airbags4 _ The 2015 Legacy features a new type of airbag restraint that deploys from the leading edge of the seat bottom cushions simultaneously with the front airbags, helping to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision. Front-Seat, Side-Impact Airbags and Side-Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor – If the sensor detects that the vehicle is rolling over, it inflates the side and side-curtain airbags on both sides, as well as engaging the driver's and front passenger's seatbelt pretensioners. High-Strength Front Seat Frames with Height- and Tilt-Adjustable Head Restraints – Help protect against whiplash injuries. Impact-Sensing Fuel Cutoff – When the on-board sensors detect there has been an impact, the vehicle immediately shuts off the fuel pump to reduce the chance of a fuel spill. Breakaway Engine – In the event of a head-on collision, the SUBARU BOXER engine and transmission are designed to absorb impact and then break away from the vehicle structure and drop below the passenger cabin for added protection. AVOIDANCE IS THE BEST STRATEGY Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Split – Monitors acceleration, steering angle and body lean, then controls torque delivery to each wheel to optimize traction and steering response, particularly when the road surface is slippery. Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and Active Torque Vectoring – Work together to reduce wheel slippage and control power distribution, thus enhancing stability, cornering, and accident-avoidance capabilities. EyeSight Driver Assist Technology – Available for Premium and Limited trim levels, uses stereo camera technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking, and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning to help identify potential dangers. EyeSight-equipped models also have Steering-Responsive Fog Lights that provide enhanced nighttime illumination in the direction of the turn. Anti-lock Brake System with Brake Override and Brake Assist – Allows you to steer while braking for enhanced control; Brake Assist automatically applies maximum braking pressure in an emergency stop. Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert System5 – Standard on Limited, available on 2.5i Premium, this feature includes: Blind Spot Detection – Alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in both left- and right-side blind spots. Lane Change Assist – Detects approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes when you signal for a lane change. Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Detects vehicles approaching from a perpendicular direction while reversing, such as from a driveway or parking space. Visibility – Features a more raked windshield, relocated A-pillars, new front quarter windows, and door-mounted mirrors to reduce blind spots for a better view of the road. SAFE NEVER FELT THIS SECURE With this wide array of features, it’s clear that your safety is always at the forefront of Subaru design. 1 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. Technology effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 2 Compatible smartphone and application required. For applications to operate, latest version of each application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 3 Five Star ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safercar.gov program (safercar.gov). 4 Always wear seatbelts. Children should be properly restrained in the back seat. 5 Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving.