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Headlight Changes Prompt Safety Award for 2019-2020 Infiniti QX60 photo by Jennifer Geiger

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is trying to shine a light on vehicle headlight deficiencies, and automakers are taking notice. IIHS announced today that the 2019 and 2020 Infiniti QX60 earned the Top Safety Pick award — the agency’s second-highest designation — thanks to improved headlight performance.

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IIHS says the three-row SUV now qualifies for the award when equipped with specific, acceptable-rated headlights. It also scored good ratings in five crashworthiness evaluations and an acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. Its standard front crash prevention system earned a superior rating for avoiding collisions in 12 and 25 mph track tests.

The new safety score comes after Infiniti made recent changes to improve the QX60’s headlights. IIHS says the headlights on vehicles built between August 2018 and June 2019 earn a marginal headlight rating, and all model-year 2019 QX60s built before September 2018 have headlights that earn a poor rating due to excessive glare.

Only vehicles with the recent headlight modification that have the high-beam assist feature, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on the presence of other vehicles, qualify for the award. High-beam assist is available only on the QX60’s Luxe trim, however.

Model-year 2018 QX60s do not qualify for any of IIHS’ safety awards. One of the QX60’s competitors, the 2019 Audi Q7, also failed to qualify for a safety award due to poor-rated headlights.

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