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New research shows the technology can help drivers avoid backover crashes.
Most tested for small overlap protection fail to hold up. Only two models earn good ratings.
Nineteen new models earn the top ratingin IIHS booster seat evaluations.
Guards on modern semitrailers do a good job preventing cars from sliding underneath, but in certain crashes the danger remains high.
The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to a structural upgrade to improve small overlap protection and the addition of an optional front crash prevention system.
The Kia Soul, previously rated poor in the IIHS small overlap front test, now earns a good rating, thanks to structural improvements. The Kia Forte also improved, but only to a marginal rating.
The 2015 Honda Fit earns an acceptable rating in the small overlap front test and qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. It's a significant improvement over the previous generation Fit, which earned a poor rating in the test.
The redesigned Subaru Legacy earns a good rating in the small overlap front crash test, with top marks across the board. The rating also applies to the station wagon version, the Subaru Outback, and both vehicles qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
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