The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released their ratings for safest vehicles and several that have Flint connections were among the top picks. Top selections are vehicles that earned the highest crash-test ratings in four categories; a frontal 40-mph offset crash, a side-impact crash that mimics a crash with an SUV or pickup truck, a rollover roof-strength test and a rear-impact crash test.

Vehicles are then categorized as "good", "acceptable", "marginal" or "poor" based on the testing. To be considered a top pick, a vehicle needed to rate as "good" in all four tests.
Among small cars, Chevrolets with engines and parts made in Flint took the top three. The Chevy Cruze, Sonic and Volt topped the list of 29 small vehicles that earned top safety picks. Midsize cars included the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Malibu. Large Family cars earning the top safety pick were the Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal. Large SUV's getting the top safety rating include the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. Chevy Equinox got a top safety rating for Midsize SUV's. Cadillac SRX made the list among Midsize Luxury SUV's, Cadillac CTS was picked among Large Luxury Cars.

Automakers are focusing on safety as it is a huge selling point with consumers. These safety ratings bode well for General Motors vehicles, which also should be good news to Flint. We'll take all the good news we can get!