Safety

The Mazda6 features the normal array of airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side-curtain airbags. Stability control is also standard. The sedan received a top overall rating of Good in front and side-impact crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it received a Marginal overall score for rear-impact whiplash protection and an Acceptable rating in IIHS' new roof-crush test. Because of that roof-crush rating, the Mazda6 isn't an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2010 — as the Chevy Malibu, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Subaru Legacy and Volkswagen Passat are — but apart from its whiplash rating, its scores are good.

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    Front Seat Belt Pretensioner and Load Limiting Systems
    For optimum protection, the driver and front passenger seat belts are equipped with pretensioner and load limiting systems. For both these systems to work properly you must wear the seat belt pro ...

    Head Restraints
    * Some models. Head restraints are intended to help protect you and the passengers from neck injury. WARNING: Always drive with the head restraints installed when seats are being used and make ...

    Power Steering Fluid
    qInspecting Power Steering Fluid Level CAUTION: To avoid damage to the power steering pump, don't operate the vehicle for long periods when the power steering fluid level is low. NOTE: Use spe ...