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December 20, 2007

Minivan bumper tests: Nissan Quest is worst

Out of six 2008 minivans tested, none is designed to resist vehicle damage in many low-speed collisions. The front and rear bumper systems allowed $5,000 or more damage in a series of four crash tests conducted at 3 and 6 mph. The Nissan Quest was the worst, sustaining damage that cost more than $8,000 to repair.

November 15, 2007

2008 Top Safety Pick: Number of winners increases

Thirty-four vehicles earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2008. The award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side and rear crashes based on ratings in the Institute's tests. Winners also have to be equipped with electronic stability control, which research shows can significantly reduce the risk of crashing.

October 11, 2007

Some SUVs perform worse than many cars in side tests

Results of crash tests for six SUVs show frontal crash protection has improved. However, the tests reveal significant differences in how well SUVs protect people in serious side crashes. Among the worst performers in the side test are the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet TrailBlazer, even though both are equipped with standard side airbags.

September 11, 2007

Supersport motorcycles have highest death rate

Supersports have the highest death rate and worst overall insurance losses among all types of motorcycles, new analyses by IIHS and HLDI reveal. Motorcyclists who ride supersports have driver death rates per 10,000 registered motorcycles nearly 4 times higher than rates for motorcyclists who ride all other types of bikes.

August 16, 2007

New side tests: Luxury doesn't always buy safety

Three of six large car models earn the top rating of good, but one is marginal in side impact crash tests conducted by IIHS. Results show a range of performance in how well large cars are designed to protect people in serious side crashes.

August 2, 2007

Bumpers on luxury cars are inadequate

Bumpers, even those on expensive cars, don't resist damage in low-speed impacts. The Infiniti G35, the worst performer, sustained almost $14,000 damage in a series of four tests conducted at 3 and 6 mph. The Saab 9-3 was the best, sustaining $5,243 damage. Only three cars sustained less than $6,000 damage, while four would cost more than $10,000 to fix.

July 3, 2007

SUVs, pickups & minivans lack adequate head restraints

The latest evaluations of occupant protection in rear-end collisions by IIHS found that the seats and head restraints in more than half of light truck and minivan models fall short of state-of-the-art protection from neck injury or whiplash.

May 31, 2007

IIHS tests convertibles: Saab and Volvo are top performers

The Saab 9-3 and Volvo C70 earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for superior crash protection in the first tests the Institute has conducted of 10 midsize convertible models. Three vehicles are rated marginal in the side impact test.

May 14, 2007

New Acura and Ford models get top safety ratings

The 2007 Acura MDX luxury SUV and the 2008 Ford Taurus and twin Mercury Sable large family cars earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Vehicles earning this designation afford superior overall crash protection among the vehicles in their class.

April 5, 2007

Rear crash protection is poor or marginal in most cars

Seat/head restraint designs in 22 current car models are rated good for rear crash protection, but those in 53 other cars are rated marginal or poor. The latest evaluations of occupant protection in rear-end collisions by IIHS found that the seat/head restraints in more than 60 percent of car models fall short of current state-of-the-art protection from neck injury or whiplash.

March 1, 2007

New IIHS bumper tests: Most don't work well

Most bumpers on midsize cars do little to resist damage in the kinds of low-speed collisions that are common in commuter traffic and parking lots. IIHS today is releasing the first results of new tests that assess how well bumpers protect vehicles from expensive damage in everyday fender-benders.

February 5, 2007

Two Fords earn good crash test ratings

The Ford Fusion midsize car and Ford Edge midsize SUV earn the highest rating of good in front and side crash tests recently conducted by IIHS. The Edge also earns a good rating for rear crash protection, so it wins the Institute's 2007 Top Safety Pick award.

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