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Subaru of Las Vegas GM knows firsthand about safety of Subaru Outback

The 2018 Subaru Outback at Subaru of Las Vegas has several reasons for being lauded by an assortment of automotive magazines and the automotive media more broadly.

Among the plaudits are Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, which recently awarded the 2018 Subaru Outback, which has been named Best Family Car among the top 10 family cars and the best SUV-like wagon.

Subaru of Las Vegas General Manager Burton Hughes’ daughter, Emma, was involved in a serious car accident while driving her 2010 Outback in Fairfield, California, a few years ago.

“She was in the second lane of the I-80 when a truck moved into her lane,” Hughes said. “The impact sent her car under the trailer of an 18-wheel big rig, which caused the truck to jack-knife before both vehicles rolled multiple times.

“Emma’s car was sailing through the air, and many people stated it was so dramatic that it looked like a Hollywood production,” he continued. “My daughter received a slight concussion, and her little dog was fine other than the fact that he didn’t want to ride in a car any longer.”

Emma is doing fine now with no residual effects from the accident, and even Leon, a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, is back to riding shotgun with her in the replacement vehicle — yes, another Subaru Outback.

“The accident proved to be the ultimate test for the Outback, which protected its occupants in what is unquestionably an extreme situation,” Hughes said.

In widely recognized safety tests, the Subaru Outback earned top marks with the government’s 5-Star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Outback was also lauded as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for 10 years running from 2009 to 2018, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick + for six years running (2013 to 2018).

“We tell our customers about Emma’s accident and show them the pictures,” Burton said. “It speaks volumes about the safety of the Subaru Outback in a real-world situation.”

“We’ve been experiencing record sales ever since we relocated to our seven-acre, nearly 70,000-square-foot facility,” Hughes said. “There has been a very good balance of sales between our eight different models, with the recent addition of the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent that will seat seven or eight passengers.”

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