Volkswagen won the praises of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after the automaker paid for the group to crash test the redesigned 2005 Jetta.
The Insurance Institute, funded by the insurance industry, gave the Jetta a top rating of "good" for offset-front and side-impact crashes. It cited the Jetta's standard front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags as a key to its scoring high on the side crash test.
VW asked the agency to run the crash tests early in the model year and paid for the cost of the cars.
The insurance group timed the release of the test results to appear in newspapers and on morning TV news shows on April 25, a Monday - a day when there tends to be less competition from breaking news stories.
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