Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn Top Safety Pick by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.
A lot goes into an IIHS crash test even before the vehicle is sent hurtling toward a barrier. "Inside IIHS: Preparing for a crash test" takes viewers through the painstaking procedures that ensure usable results.
Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the Institute's small overlap front crash test and other evaluations. The XC90 is the third Volvo model to earn this accolade since the Institute began testing for small overlap protection in 2012.
The 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek are the latest models to be added to the list of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Structural changes improved occupant protection in 2014 models, and the vehicles earned good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests.
Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds. Other holidays with high vandalism claim numbers are July Fourth and New Year's Day, while Thanksgiving and Christmas have below-average claim numbers.
A recent drop in teen driving likely comes down to simple economics. A new HLDI study shows that the decline in teen driving coincided with the economic slowdown, and the shortage of work has disproportionately affected teenage job seekers.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award after a structural change helped it earn a good rating in the challenging small overlap front test.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla earns a marginal rating for occupant protection in the Institute's challenging small overlap front crash test. Poor structural performance and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the Corolla from earning a higher rating.
Seven midsize vehicles earn top marks under the new test program, which aims to help consumers decide which systems to consider. The ratings program is based on research by HLDI showing that forward collision warning and autobrake systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan earns the Institute's top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. The Odyssey is the first minivan IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap test.
The latest small overlap front crash test results from the Institute reveal a range of performance among many of the best-selling small cars in the U.S. Of the 12 models evaluated, half earn a good or acceptable rating and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, a small SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear crash evaluations.
The Toyota RAV4 earns a poor rating for protecting people in small overlap front crashes. The small SUV was redesigned for the 2013 model year, but the changes weren't enough to lift the RAV4's performance in the Institute's challenging test. A combination of poor structure and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the RAV4 from earning a better rating.
The Ford F-250 pickup has the highest rate of insurance claims for theft of any 2010-12 vehicle, replacing the Cadillac Escalade at the top of the list. The Escalade is now at No. 6 on HLDI's list of vehicles with high theft rates.
"Inside IIHS: Understanding underride" takes viewers along as cars are sent hurtling into the backs of semitrailers. These tests evaluate how well the trucks' underride guards prevent cars from sliding underneath.
Car buyers in the U.S. benefit from a safety marketplace where there is a wealth of consumer information. The story is different in developing markets, but some groups are helping them catch up.
"Inside IIHS: Side testing" shows the Institute's moving deformable side impact crash test barrier and the dummies used in the side test, and explains the evolution of side crash protection.
Institute engineers explain how they evaluate boosters for belt fit with the help of a child-size dummy in "Inside IIHS: Rating booster seats."
"Inside IIHS: The crash propulsion system" takes viewers underneath the crash hall at the Vehicle Research Center for a peek at the machinery that can propel a vehicle down a runway and into another vehicle or a barrier.
With more data confirming the safety value of antilock brakes on motorcycles, IIHS and HLDI have formally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require the technology on all models.
"Inside IIHS: Rear testing for whiplash prevention" features BioRID, a specialized rear testing dummy with a spine very similar to a human's, and demonstrates how rear crashes are simulated on a sled.
The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year. This finding by HLDI is consistent with previous studies that show that rescinding helmet requirements results in more fatalities and hospital admissions.
"Inside IIHS: Measuring roof strength" provides a close-up view of the roof crush machine and explains how it is used to evaluate vehicles for rollover protection.
"Inside IIHS: Frontal offset testing" provides a close-up view of the Institute's two frontal crash test programs.
The 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earns acceptable in the test, are the latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute's recently inaugurated top honor, Top Safety Pick+. Other tested small SUVs earn poor or marginal ratings for small overlap.
A new series of videos offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Vehicle Research Center. In the first installment, meet our crash test dummies.
The small SUV earns the Institute's award for good performance in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear evaluations following improvements to its roof structure.
Volvo's low-speed crash avoidance system is helping drivers avoid fender-benders and minor injuries on congested roads.
Red light cameras and speed cameras are perpetual targets of critics who deem them widely unpopular and unfair. Ask people who live in areas with long-standing automated enforcement programs their view of cameras and a different picture emerges. A new IIHS survey shows a large majority of people who live in Washington, D.C., favor camera enforcement.
Modern semitrailers for the most part do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath when they crash into the backs of trucks. But the trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, new IIHS tests show.
The Honda Civic 2-door and 4-door, the Volvo XC60, the Lincoln MKZ and the 2014 Mazda 6 are the latest vehicles to earn the Top Safety Pick+ designation. The award recognizes vehicles that do well in IIHS crash tests, including the new small overlap test.
The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester is a Top Safety Pick. Just like the previous generation of the small SUV, the Forester earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests.
A new study of red light cameras in Arlington, Va., shows that cameras reduce red light violations, with particularly large decreases for violations that occur at least 1½ seconds after the light turned red.
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