A local car company is recognized for having some of the safest cars on the road.  

Nine Toyota and Lexus models made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list as top safety picks. It’s the institute’s highest award for 2016, and it recognized the Avalon and the RAV 4 for superior front crash prevention.

All award winners were required to achieve the best ratings in five crash-worthiness tests, along with having a front crash prevention system.

Other Toyota cars that made the list are the Prius, Camry, plus the Lexus ES, just to name a few.

The IIHS is a U.S. nonprofit organization funded by auto insurers. It makes efforts to reduce the number of car crashes and injuries on the road.