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November 17, 2016

Most boosters earn top rating from IIHS

The vast majority of new booster seats earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS, but bad designs continue to slip through.

November 10, 2016

Humans, not robots, still hold the wheel

Self-driving vehicles are coming, but they won't supplant human drivers for decades to come. Automation can reduce crashes, but so can focusing on tried-and-true countermeasures.

October 25, 2016

Pickups fall short in headlight testing

Only a single pickup truck out of 11 tested is available with headlights that earn a good rating from IIHS. The headlights on the majority of pickups don't adequately light up the road.

September 30, 2016

Mercedes-Benz C-Class earns top award

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 29, 2016

2017 Kia Sedona earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Kia Sedona qualifies for the highest award from IIHS, thanks to the addition of optional automatic braking technology.

September 27, 2016

Buick Envision gets top honors

The new midsize SUV is the first Chinese-built vehicle that IIHS has tested as part of its ratings program. It earns good ratings in all crashworthiness tests and is available with an advanced-rated front crash prevention system.

September 22, 2016

New Cadillac SUV earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Cadillac XT5, a new midsize luxury SUV, qualifies for the top award from IIHS.

September 20, 2016

Chrysler Pacifica earns top award

The new model is the first minivan to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 13, 2016

Chevrolet Volt earns top honors

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid car, earns the highest award from IIHS, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings and a top-rated front crash prevention system.

September 1, 2016

LATCH ease-of-use ratings improve

Out of 170 current models rated for LATCH ease of use, most earn a good or acceptable rating. Three earn the top rating of good+, a distinction that no vehicle achieved last year.

August 25, 2016

Lincoln MKZ is Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ earns the highest award from IIHS, thanks to modifications to its front-end structure that boosted the small overlap front rating and an improved front crash prevention system.

August 4, 2016

Hyundai Santa Fe earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe qualifies for the top award from IIHS, thanks to improved small overlap front crash protection and an available automatic braking system that earns a superior rating.

August 2, 2016

Ford Escape improves in small overlap test

The Ford Escape has improved from a poor to acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front test, thanks to structural changes to the 2017 model.

July 28, 2016

Red light camera shut-offs cost lives

Red light camera programs in 79 large U.S. cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014, new research shows. When such programs are shut down, the rate of fatal red-light-running crashes shoots up 30 percent.

July 26, 2016

Hyundai Elantra earns Top Safety Pick+

The small car, redesigned for 2017, qualifies for the top award from IIHS, thanks to a good small overlap front rating and a superior-rated front crash prevention system.

July 14, 2016

Kia Sorento earns Top Safety Pick+ award

An available automatic braking system puts the midsize SUV among the winners of the top award from IIHS.

July 12, 2016

Most small SUV headlights rate poor

Only four small SUVs out of 21 tested are available with acceptable headlights, and none earns a good headlight rating.

June 28, 2016

July 4 has highest daily crash toll

More people die in crashes on Independence Day than any other day of the year, an IIHS analysis of the last five years shows.

June 23, 2016

Passengers at risk in small overlap crashes

Vehicles that provide good protection for drivers in small overlap crashes don’t always offer the same protection to front-seat passengers, a new IIHS study shows.

June 21, 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a Top Safety Pick+

The midsize luxury SUV has a superior-rated front crash prevention system and qualifies for the Institute's highest award.

June 16, 2016

Mazda CX-3 earns Top Safety Pick+

The Mazda CX-3, a new small SUV, earns the highest award from IIHS, thanks to good crashworthiness across the board and an optional front crash prevention system with a superior rating.

June 14, 2016

Ford Fusion earns top award

A modified front-end structure and a new optional automatic braking system help the 2017 Ford Fusion qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award.

June 10, 2016

Hail claims for vehicle damage top $7 billion  

It's peak season for hail storms, and 2016 is shaping up to be a bad year. Data for this year aren't available yet, but a new HLDI analysis of 2008-14 claims indicates that 2011 and 2014 were the worst years for hail-related vehicle damage. Great Plains states were the hardest hit.

June 9, 2016

Chevrolet Malibu earns top award

The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with an optional front crash prevention system.

June 7, 2016

Honda Civic coupe earns top award

The 2016 2-door Honda Civic qualifies for Top Safety Pick+, thanks to an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating.

June 1, 2016

Audi A4 earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned Audi A4 earns the top award from IIHS by offering good protection in a small overlap front crash and a superior-rated, standard front crash prevention system.

May 26, 2016

BMW X1 earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 BMW X1 qualifies for the highest award from IIHS after a redesign boosted its performance in the small overlap front crash test. It also has a new optional front crash prevention system that earns an advanced rating.

May 24, 2016

Muscle cars fall short of safety awards

IIHS evaluates the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, and none meets the standards for Top Safety Pick.

May 19, 2016

Lincoln MKX earns highest award

The redesigned Lincoln MKX earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to across-the-board good crashworthiness ratings and a superior-rated front crash prevention system.

May 17, 2016

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earns top award

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport improves from a marginal to a good rating in the IIHS small overlap front test. When equipped with optional front crash prevention, the midsize SUV is a Top Safety Pick+ winner.

May 6, 2016

IIHS hosts underride roundtable

Policymakers, industry leaders, researchers and safety advocates gathered at the Vehicle Research Center to discuss ways to reduce deadly underride in crashes with large trucks.

April 12, 2016

Pickups struggle with small overlap test

Some 2016 model large pickups aren't as tough as they look when it comes to performance in a small overlap front crash.

April 12, 2016

Higher speed limits lead to more deaths

Two decades of speed limit increases have nearly canceled out the safety gains from frontal airbags.

April 7, 2016

Kia Sportage earns top award

The small SUV's small overlap front rating has improved from poor to good, and its new optional front crash prevention system rates superior.

April 5, 2016

Nissan Sentra, Infiniti QX60 earn top award

The two vehicles from Nissan Motor Co. earn superior ratings for front crash prevention, as well as good ratings in the five IIHS crashworthiness tests.

March 31, 2016

New Toyota Prius earns Top Safety Pick+

The small hybrid car qualifies for the top award from IIHS after acing the challenging small overlap front test.

March 30, 2016

New IIHS ratings show most headlights are lacking

The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated that is available with a lighting system that earns a good rating.

March 24, 2016

Redesigned Kia Optima earns top award

The midsize car has good crashworthiness ratings across the board, plus a superior rating for its optional front crash prevention system.

March 18, 2016

Mini Cooper earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Mini Cooper qualifies for the award, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings across the board and an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

March 17, 2016

Automakers agree to standard AEB by 2022

Automakers representing 99 percent of the U.S. auto market have committed to making front crash prevention with automatic braking standard on virtually all new vehicles by 2022.

February 25, 2016

2017 Audi Q7 earns Top Safety Pick+

The large luxury SUV has good crash protection across the board and superior-rated, standard front crash prevention.

February 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Highlander earns top award

The midsize SUV earns a good rating in the small overlap front test, improving from acceptable to clinch a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.

February 12, 2016

American Family's Salzwedel elected IIHS chairman

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is pleased to announce the election of Jack Salzwedel as the new chairman of its Board of Directors. Salzwedel is chairman, chief executive officer and president of American Family Mutual Insurance Company.

February 12, 2016

Nationwide's Rau elected HLDI chairman

The Highway Loss Data Institute is pleased to announce the election of Thomas O. Rau as chairman of its Board of Directors.  Rau is director, property casualty actuarial research analytics of Nationwide.

January 28, 2016

Front crash prevention cuts rear-enders

Both autobrake and forward collision warning are helping drivers avoid a pitfall of driving on congested roads, an IIHS study shows.

January 14, 2016

Four more vehicles earn Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Honda Civic 4-door, Hyundai Sonata, Lexus RX and Nissan Altima are the latest vehicles to earn the top award from IIHS.

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