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December 20, 2012

New Top Safety Pick+ award goes to 13 cars

To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, IIHS is awarding the new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to 13 cars. All earn good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations. Another 117 vehicles earn Top Safety Pick.

December 20, 2012

Family cars trump luxury models in tough new crash test

A group of moderately priced midsize cars outperformed most of their luxury counterparts in a challenging new frontal crash test conducted by IIHS on 2013 models. Of the 18 midsize family cars evaluated in the small overlap test, two earn the top rating of good, 11 earn acceptable, three earn marginal, and two are poor.

November 20, 2012

Deer collisions soar in November

Vehicle damage from hitting an animal is more than 3½ times as common in November as in August, when claims are lowest. The high-claim period coincides with deer mating season, when bucks are likely to be roaming.

November 8, 2012

2013 Ford Fusion earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion wins the Institute's top safety award.

October 25, 2012

Most new booster seats provide good belt fit

Fifteen of 17 booster seats introduced in 2012 earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS. BEST BET boosters now outnumber seats in any of the three other categories for the first time since the Institute released its inaugural booster ratings in 2008. In all, there are 47 BEST BET boosters for 2012. Two boosters are not recommended because they don’t provide proper belt fit.

October 3, 2012

Four 2013 model year vehicles earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2013 models of the Lexus ES, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Dodge Dart earn top crash test ratings.

September 6, 2012

Four vehicles earn Top Safety Pick

Three small cars and one small SUV are the Institute's latest Top Safety Pick winners.

August 14, 2012

New crash test raises bar for frontal protection

Only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars evaluated earn good or acceptable ratings in the Institute's new small overlap frontal crash test, the latest addition to a suite of tests designed to help consumers pick the safest vehicles.

July 3, 2012

Crash avoidance features cut insurance claims

Early evidence that advanced crash avoidance technologies are cutting crashes in the real world comes from a study of insurance claims. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that brake autonomously, and adaptive headlights show the biggest crash reductions in HLDI's analysis.

June 20, 2012

Newly insured riders benefit from ABS

Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.

May 31, 2012

Stronger teen driver laws would cut fatalities

A new online calculator shows states how to save lives and reduce crashes by strengthening young driver laws.

April 12, 2012

Vehicle seat designs hinder child restraint installation

Many automakers aren’t paying attention to the key factors that make it easier to install child restraints using LATCH, new research shows. Only 21 of the 98 top-selling 2010-11 model passenger vehicles evaluated have easy-to-use LATCH designs. This is the main finding of a joint study by the Institute and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

March 6, 2012

Interlocks for first-time offenders cut repeat DUIs

People convicted for the first time of alcohol-impaired driving are less likely to reoffend if they have to install alcohol interlocks on their vehicles, a new study of Washington state's interlock law shows. The finding provides support for requiring the devices for all offenders, not just those with multiple arrests or high blood alcohol concentrations.

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