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Volvo C70 and Saab 9-3 earn first-ever top safety pick designation for convertibles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its first crash tests of convertible models.

Two of the 10 cars tested earned the organization's Top Safety Pick designation: the Volvo C70 and the Saab 9-3. What was on the opposite side of the spectrum? The Pontiac G6 convertible scored only an Acceptable grade in frontal crashes and Marginal in side- and rear-impact tests. Most surprising were the low side-impact scores registered by the all-new BMW 3 Series convertible and the Audi A4 Cabriolet (convertible). Both cars received marginal side-impact scores even though they’re both equipped with seat-mounted head and torso airbags. They also received poor grades in rear crash tests. (