The Rivian R1S has officially landed a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS after the automaker upgraded the vehicle’s performance in moderate overlap front crash testing.
The Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS is the premiere label a vehicle can receive for its performance in crash testing, which requires at least a “Good” rating across each of its testing criteria.
In February 2023, the IIHS added that Top Safety Pick+ winners will also need to perform an “Advanced” or “Superior” performance in the Nighttime Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Front Crash Prevention assessment.
Rivian updated R1S vehicles after January 2023, and the vehicles now meet all criteria for the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award. The difference between pre and post-January R1S builds are the ones built after January now come equipped with a standard front crash system that earned a superior rating in the daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation, as well as an advanced rating in the nighttime test.
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Builds from January 2023 and before only had an “Acceptable” rating in the original moderate overlap front test. This was due to a buckling driver-side floor pan, which contributed to high forces on the right lower leg of the dummy, which indicated a likely injury, the IIHS said.
Crash testing performed on post-January R1S builds showed the vehicle was able to protect the drivers and passengers, as well as keep the cabin intact.
With the R1S’s Top Safety Pick+ award, the vehicle joins Rivian’s all-electric pickup, the R1T, which won the same award after testing late last year with its exceptional performance in various IIHS crash tests.
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