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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 Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.
The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the latest model to be added to the list of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award winners. The Sonata earns an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, earns good ratings in each of the Institute's other four tests and offers an optional forward collision warning system.
The Institute issues its first-ever recommendations on used vehicles for teen drivers after research shows that many are driving small vehicles that don't offer enough crash protection and old ones without the latest safety technology.
The 2 series, a midsize luxury car, earns the Top Safety Pick+ award after becoming the first BMW model to achieve a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test.
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