Toyota, the safest automaker in 2012? image

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on Thursday has unveiled its 2012 ‘safest cars list’; sixty-nine cars, 38 SUVs, 5 minivans, and 3 pickups have earned 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick ratings.

From those 115 vehicles, 15 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles earned Top Safety Pick awards for the 2012 model year, more than any other automaker.

According to the IIHS, Top Safety Pick awards recognize vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on ratings in IIHS tests.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., said, “Safety is a core value that dates back to the foundation of our company. IIHS’ awards further recognize our commitment to helping protect drivers and passengers.”

The 2012 model year winners are: Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius v, Sienna, Tundra Crew Cab, Venza, and Yaris; Lexus CT 200h and RX, and Scion tC, xB, and xD.

Question is: After a long series of safety recalls, is Toyota back on track? Is it or is it not?