The National Safety Council reports that the number of vehicle-related deaths in the U.S. is likely to exceed 40,000 for the third straight year. Among the contributing causes of this high rate of auto fatalities? Distracted driving. That’s why, throughout the month of April, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will focus its attention on Distracted Driving Awareness in its efforts to promote highway safety and reduce traffic fatalities.
Honda is also fighting the good fight by making their Honda Sensing suite standard in most of its models, including the new 2019 Honda Accord, which is now recognized as one of the safest family sedans in America. Understanding your family’s safety is a top priority, Honda engineers have made use of innovative technology to include some top driver-assistance, active and passive safety features in the Accord’s design. Here’s how the Honda Accord keeps everyone secure.
Honda Sensing Features in the Accord
In an effort to help decrease the effects of distracted driving, the 2019 Honda Accord makes state-of-the-art driver-assistance technology a part of its standard Honda Sensing suite. These systems warn you of potential road dangers and even act semi-autonomously for added protection.
The Honda Sensing driver-assistance features integrated into the Accord safety include:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), which provides warnings for frontal collision, and automatically applies braking if those warnings are not heeded in time.
- Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), which uses a camera to read road markers and help steer you back into your lane.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, which adjusts your speed to help maintain a safer driving distance behind other cars.
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which helps you stay in your lane unless you are signaling to change lanes.
- Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), which utilizes a front-facing camera to recognize and relay information to the Accord’s audio touchscreen display.
In addition to these standard driver-assist features, the 2019 Accord also comes with available Blind Spot Information System (BSI), a Head-Up Display, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to improve awareness in areas where your vision is limited.
Accord Active Safety Features
Several active safety features also come standard in the 2019 Honda Accord. Those features assist drivers when responding to inclement weather, slick roads, and more dangerous situations that could result in crashes.
- Traction Control – This feature includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control to help you maintain control, in spite of adverse road conditions.
- Braking Assistance – Three brake systems are integrated into the Accord to assist with braking: anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance.
- Improved Visibility – To help maintain optimal visibility, the Accord also includes LED daytime running lights (DRL) and minimal A-pillars.
Accord Passive Safety Features
The 2019 Honda Accord also utilizes a number of passive safety features to help protect passengers should a collision become unavoidable. At the top of the list of Accord passive safety features is its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body, which works to direct crash energy away from the cabin in the event of a collision.” In addition to ACE, every newly redesigned Accord features:
- Front and side airbags
- SmartVent® airbags
- Roll-over sensitive side curtain airbags
- Driver and front passenger knee airbags
- Three-point belts at all seat positions (front belts with auto-tensioning)
- Driver and front passenger seat-belt reminders
- Lower anchors and tethers for child car seats (LATCH)
Accord Crash Test & Safety Ratings
Two different associations provide crash test ratings in connection with automotive safety standards: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Here’s how the 2019 Accord ranked in their crash tests:
- NHTSA gave the 2019 Honda Accord five out of five stars for front and side crash safety, rollover safety, and overall safety.
- IIHS gave its highest rating of “Good” in all six categories of crashworthiness, a “Superior” rating in crash avoidance and mitigation, a “Good +” rating for its LATCH system, and an “Acceptable” rating for its DRL lighting system.
The new Accord was also awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick (TSP) designation in the mid-sized segment. Winning this award – and with similar marks for four years in a row no less – is an indicator of Honda’s continued commitment to keeping all Accord passengers safe.
Commit to Stay Distraction-Free with the Accord
As DOT and the nation focus on Distracted Driving Awareness in April, the 2019 Honda Accord is doing its part year-round by helping decrease incidents of distracted driving and reducing crash-related injuries. And while Honda engineers demonstrate their commitment to you by integrating advanced safety features in every area of the Accord, you should commit to cutting distractions out, too. There’s no better way to stay safe while driving than focusing on the task at hand.
Come take the award-winning 2019 Honda Accord or Accord Hybrid for a spin around the block. Visit a Phoenix Valley Honda Dealers location near you to test out the Accord’s safety features, discuss your Honda financing opportunities, or test drive any of the other reliable new Honda models. And remember: Eyes up, phones down!
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