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How good are Mazda airbags?

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Mazda airbags mostly rate well, as of 2015. The 2015 Mazda 3 four-door sedan was rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Good performance of the model's front and side curtain airbags was found in data collected from crash tests conducted by the IIHS.

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From 2010 through 2015, the Mazda 3 has received high safety ratings from the IIHS, with its airbags properly cushioning crash test dummies' heads from pillars and other rigid vehicle structures. The Top Safety Pick is an annual award given by the IIHS to top-performing vehicles in the series of crash tests that the institute conducts. Mazda's 3 sedan model has been the recipient of this title from 2010 to 2015.

Other contemporary models, such as Mazda's 6 sedan and its CX-5 SUV, have also been IIHS Top Safety Picks, with airbags receiving the institute's top rating of "Good." Some models have concurrently received lesser airbag ratings, such as the 2015 5 wagon with an "Acceptable" rating, and the 2015 CX-9 SUV, with a "Marginal" rating. Prior to 2010, going back to 2004, the Mazda 3 sedan's airbags rated "Marginal."

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration are the American auto industry's two authorities in vehicle safety testing. Visit the IIHS website and the NHTSA's SaferCar.gov website for more complete safety information.

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