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Subaru Legacy named Japan's Safest Car

For the third consecutive year, a Subaru vehicle has been named the Safest Car by the automaker's home country's new car crash worthiness assesment agency, the Japan's New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP): The 2010 Legacy sedan.

The Legacy was granted the "Grand Prix 09/10" title by JNCAP - the highest award given to one new car each year. It's not the first safety award for the Legacy, which received top marks in European and Australian testing and was one of several vehicles named as a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States.

The JNCAP award tested the Legacy based on its collision safety for the driver and front passenger, as well as head protection for pedestrians.

JNCAP tested a 2010 Legacy sedan and ranked it as the safest new car available during the 2009 fiscal year. Subaru's Impreza took home the 2007 award and its Forester was the highest rated car in 2008.