Honda tops insurance industry safety list

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Honda Motor Co. has topped the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday gave 39 vehicles top safety ratings for 2014. That is dramatically fewer than the 130 on the list last year because vehicles now must meet tougher standards.

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system - such as warning systems or automatic braking - to get its highest designation.

Honda, which also owns the Acura brand, had the most winners of any automaker. Eight of its vehicles making the list.

The list is often used by safety-minded car shoppers and by automakers in advertising.

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