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December 10, 2015

Safety awards go to 61 models for 2016

Good small overlap protection, as well as front crash prevention, is now required for the IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards. 

November 10, 2015

New BEST BETs make booster shopping easy

When IIHS began its booster seat ratings in 2008, most models failed to consistently provide good belt fit. This year, all new models evaluated provide good or acceptable fit.

October 15, 2015

Correction to 2014 booster ratings

IIHS mistakenly named two boosters, the Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 and Safety 1st Summit 65, BEST BETs. These seats should have been designated as Not Recommended.

October 6, 2015

New Fiat small SUV earns Top Safety Pick+

The new Fiat 500X small SUV achieves good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests and an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

October 1, 2015

Updated teen vehicle recommendations

IIHS has updated its recommendations for used vehicles for teens, and the list has grown by more than 50 percent.

September 30, 2015

Four Honda/Acura vehicles take top award

The Acura RDX and ILX and the Honda Accord sedan and coupe are the latest Honda Motor Co. offerings to earn the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 24, 2015

Hyundai Tucson and Sonata earn top honors

A redesign for 2016 has taken the Hyundai Tucson from a poor to good rating in the small overlap front crash test. Both the Tucson and the Hyundai Sonata have available front crash prevention with automatic braking and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 22, 2015

Redesigned Ford Edge earns Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2015 Ford Edge qualifies for the Top Safety Pick award, thanks to good ratings for crash protection in 4 of 5 IIHS evaluations and an acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test.

September 18, 2015

Subaru WRX earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Subaru WRX is available with a front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating, boosting the small car to a Top Safety Pick+.

September 17, 2015

2016 Volvo XC90 earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned Volvo XC90 qualifies for the Institute's highest award, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to stellar ratings for crash protection and for its standard front crash prevention system.

September 15, 2015

Lexus ES, Scion iA earn top honors

Toyota Motor Corp. has racked up two more 2015 Top Safety Pick+ awards for a total of 10.

September 11, 2015

Automakers pledge to make automatic braking standard

The commitment by a group of major vehicle manufacturers was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation and IIHS. It represents a big step toward making crash avoidance technologies widely available.

September 11, 2015

IIHS completes expansion of its Vehicle Research Center

The $30 million project, which includes a 5-acre covered track, will allow the Institute to put much more focus on crash avoidance technologies.

September 1, 2015

Speed cameras yield long-term safety benefits

A speed-camera program in a large community near Washington, D.C., has led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries, a new IIHS study shows.

August 26, 2015

New front crash prevention ratings

A dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.

August 21, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot earns top award

The redesigned midsize SUV has aced the IIHS small overlap front test. With an available front crash prevention system earning a superior rating, it qualifies for the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award.

August 6, 2015

Toyota Prius c earns Top Safety Pick

A midyear change to the hybrid minicar takes it from a poor to an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test and puts it on the Institute's list of award winners.

August 3, 2015

Audi Q3 earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The Audi Q3, a small SUV, has good crashworthiness ratings across the board, including in the challenging small overlap front test.

July 30, 2015

Ford F-150 crew cab earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab earns good ratings in all the IIHS crashworthiness tests. However, the extended cab version of the pickup falls short on small overlap front performance.

June 18, 2015

IIHS launches ratings of vehicle LATCH hardware

Only 3 vehicles of more than 100 evaluated have child restraint installation hardware that earns a good rating for ease of use.

May 14, 2015

Audi Q5 earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2015 Audi Q5, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the Institute's highest award after its structure was improved for protection in small overlap front crashes.

May 12, 2015

Midsize SUVs have mixed small overlap results

The latest round of small overlap front crash testing brings the total number of midsize SUVs earning Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ to seven. However, many models still struggle with the test.

May 7, 2015

Chevrolet Sonic earns 2015 Top Safety Pick

Changes to the structure and airbags of the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic have lifted the small car's rating for small overlap front crash protection from marginal to good.

April 22, 2015

New 'Inside IIHS' video highlights research department

A new web video introduces viewers to the wide-ranging, high-impact work of IIHS researchers.

March 24, 2015

Audi A6 earns Top Safety Pick+

The large luxury car was modified to improve small overlap protection and now earns the Institute's top honor.

March 10, 2015

IIHS backs call for safer vehicles everywhere

A new report released today by Global NCAP calls for minimum vehicle safety standards to be applied universally in all world markets. IIHS supports this effort.

February 26, 2015

Nissan Sentra earns Top Safety Pick

The 2015 Nissan Sentra has improved from a poor to good rating in the small overlap front crash test, qualifying for the Top Safety Pick award.

February 19, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento is Top Safety Pick winner

The redesigned Kia Sorento earns a good rating in the small overlap front crash test and qualifies for the 2015 Top Safety Pick award. The previous generation of the midsize SUV rated poor for small overlap protection.

February 10, 2015

2 SUVs from GM earn Top Safety Pick

The Buick Encore earns the 2015 Top Safety Pick award after the small SUV's structure was improved for small overlap front protection. The Encore's twin, the Chevrolet Trax, also qualifies.

January 22, 2015

Rockingham Group's Menefee elected IIHS chairman

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is pleased to announce the election of W. Neal Menefee as the new chairman of its Board of Directors. Menefee is senior vice president of Rockingham Group. He succeeds Jeff Gendron, senior vice president, property/casualty operations, COUNTRY Financial, who served as IIHS chairman during 2014 and will continue to serve as a Board member.

January 22, 2015

CSAA Insurance's Xu re-elected HLDI chairman

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) is pleased to announce the re-election of John Xu as chairman of its Board of Directors. Xu is vice president, actuarial, of CSAA Insurance Group.

January 20, 2015

Home team loss makes crashes go up

Collision claims go up in ZIP codes around NFL stadiums on game days, especially when the home team loses, a new HLDI analysis has found.

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