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Ford F-150 earns 2017 Top Safety Pick

Ford has added optional superior-rated front crash prevention to its iconic pickup, helping it qualify for an IIHS safety award.

October 20, 2017

IIHS launches passenger-side crash test

A new test program aims to ensure that passengers are well-protected in right-side small overlap front crashes. Ten out of 13 midsize cars earn good ratings.

October 19, 2017

2017 Jeep Compass earns Top Safety Pick

Redesigned for the first time in a decade, the Jeep Compass qualifies for the Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional front crash prevention.

October 17, 2017

After changes, Lexus IS qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Lexus IS, a midsize luxury car, qualifies for the highest award from IIHS after changes were made to improve protection in small overlap front crashes and in rear crashes.

October 13, 2017

2018 Volvo XC60 earns top award

The redesigned midsize luxury SUV qualifies for the highest award from IIHS when equipped with specific headlights.

October 11, 2017

2 small cars from Subaru get top honors

The redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Subaru WRX join the ranks of Top Safety Pick+ winners. Both vehicles qualify for the award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

October 5, 2017

Alfa Romeo Giulia earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The new midsize luxury car qualifies for the highest award from IIHS when equipped with optional front crash prevention and curve-adaptive headlights.

October 3, 2017

Mercedes-Benz GLC earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2017-18 Mercedes-Benz GLC, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the highest award from IIHS, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings, a superior-rated standard front crash prevention system and available good- or acceptable-rated headlights.

September 28, 2017

2018 Toyota Camry has improved autobrake

The redesigned Camry also has headlights that earn either a good or acceptable rating on all trim lines. The midsize car qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 26, 2017

2018 Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned minivan is available with two things the previous version lacked — a high-performing automatic braking system and acceptable headlights. The changes mean the 2018 model qualifies for the top award from IIHS.

September 21, 2017

IIHS and HLDI announce new president

David Harkey will become the next president of the two highway safety research organizations in January. He will succeed Adrian Lund, who is retiring.

September 18, 2017

Four small pickups are good in small overlap front test

Four out of eight small pickup trucks tested by IIHS earn good ratings for occupant protection in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, but the lack of an automatic emergency braking system and poor-rated headlights mean these pickups don't qualify for either of the Institute's safety awards.

September 6, 2017

Side guard prevents truck underride in 40 mph crash

An aftermarket device that attaches to the sides of a tractor-trailer successfully prevented a midsize car from sliding underneath the trailer in a 40 mph crash test conducted by IIHS.

August 29, 2017

Lane departure warning cuts crashes

Lane departure warning and blind spot detection are helping to prevent the type of crashes they were designed to address, new IIHS research shows.

August 23, 2017

2018 Kia Sorento earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The midsize SUV qualifies for the highest award from IIHS, thanks to newly available acceptable-rated headlights. 

August 22, 2017

Volkswagen Atlas earns Top Safety Pick award

The Volkswagen Atlas, a new midsize SUV, earns the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick award, thanks to good crashworthiness and an available superior-rated front crash prevention system.

August 4, 2017

Adult belt use lags in the back seat

Adults know children must be properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, many mistakenly believe safety belts are optional in the rear seat. In a recent IIHS survey, more than a quarter of adults said they don't always buckle up when riding in the back.

August 3, 2017

Mini Countryman is latest Top Safety Pick

The redesigned Mini Countryman, a small car, earns the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick award, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings across the board and an optional advanced-rated front crash prevention system.

August 1, 2017

2017 Kia Forte earns Top Safety Pick+ award

Structural improvements to the 2017 Kia Forte have boosted its performance in the IIHS small overlap front crash test. The small car is available with a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good headlights.

July 18, 2017

Mazda CX-5 earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The redesigned small SUV has good crashworthiness ratings across the board and standard front crash prevention with automatic braking. It also is available with acceptable-rated headlights.

July 11, 2017

Three large cars win top award from IIHS

The Lincoln Continental, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Avalon come out at the top of a group of six large cars recently evaluated by IIHS and earn the Top Safety Pick+ award. The Tesla Model S, the Chevrolet Impala and the Ford Taurus come up short.

July 6, 2017

Claim rates go up where marijuana is legal

Collision claim rates have increased 3 percent in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, after recreational marijuana use was legalized in those states.

June 22, 2017

Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn a 2017 award from IIHS.

June 20, 2017

Mazda CX-9 earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The midsize SUV qualifies for the top award from IIHS, thanks to across-the-board good crashworthiness ratings, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and acceptable-rated headlights.

June 16, 2017

Most midsize SUV headlights are marginal or poor

Headlights are improving, but many still need to do a better job of lighting the road ahead while limiting glare. Among midsize SUVs rated by IIHS, only the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Volvo XC60 are available with good headlights.

June 13, 2017

IIHS launches Facebook page

IIHS has long been a trusted source of information about ways to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from crashes. Now the Institute is broadening the audience for that sought-after knowledge by launching a Facebook page.

June 5, 2017

Stronger economy means higher death rate

The risk of dying in a crash in a late-model vehicle has gone up slightly because of the stronger economy. A new study predicts traffic deaths will fall only slightly over the coming years, given current economic forecasts.

May 25, 2017

BMW 5 series earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned BMW 5 series offers good protection in a small overlap front crash, in contrast to the previous generation of the large luxury car, which didn't hold up well during the small overlap test.

May 12, 2017

IIHS tests side underride guard

A recent crash test shows how a simple guard hanging from a semitrailer's side can prevent a car from sliding underneath. A second test without the guard demonstrates the potentially deadly results of side underride.

May 10, 2017

Kia Cadenza earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Kia Cadenza, a large car, earns the highest award from IIHS, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and acceptable headlights.

April 25, 2017

New used vehicle recommendations for teens

The updated list is based on more stringent criteria and includes 49 "best choices" and 82 "good choices."

April 12, 2017

2017 Honda CR-V earns top honors from IIHS

The redesigned Honda CR-V qualifies for the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to good crashworthiness, a superior front crash prevention system and acceptable headlights.

March 21, 2017

New award spotlights underride guards

Five North American semitrailer manufacturers earn the new IIHS Toughguard award recognizing rear underride guards that are designed to prevent a range of deadly underride crashes.

March 1, 2017

Subaru Impreza earns highest honor from IIHS

The redesigned Subaru Impreza is the latest winner of the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to top ratings for crash protection, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good-rated headlights.

February 21, 2017

Buick LaCrosse earns Top Safety Pick award

The redesigned Buick LaCrosse earns a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test and qualifies for a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS.

February 16, 2017

Allstate's Yager elected IIHS chairman

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is pleased to announce the election of Floyd M. Yager as the new chairman of its Board of Directors. Yager is senior vice president, property product management, Allstate Insurance Company.

February 9, 2017

GEICO's Pearce elected HLDI chairman

The Highway Loss Data Institute is pleased to announce the election of H. Todd Pearce as chairman of its Board of Directors. Pearce is director and assistant actuary, GEICO pricing, product and reserving department, GEICO Corporation.

February 9, 2017

Two electric cars miss IIHS awards

The Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 fall short of meeting IIHS awards criteria, but two plug-in hybrids earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award.

February 1, 2017

Nissan Titan comes up short in crash test

The redesigned pickup failed to hold up in the IIHS small overlap front crash test, earning only a marginal rating.

January 24, 2017

Audi A3 earns Top Safety Pick+ award

Two headlight options on the Audi A3 earn an acceptable rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, boosting the midsize luxury car from a Top Safety Pick to a Top Safety Pick+.

January 19, 2017

BMW 3 series, 2 series earn top award

The 2017 BMW 3 series has improved from a marginal to a good rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test. Both the 3 series and the BMW 2 series have improved headlights and earn the Top Safety Pick+ award.

January 17, 2017

Toyota Highlander earns Top Safety Pick+

The midsize SUV earns the top award from IIHS, thanks to good crash protection across the board, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and acceptable-rated headlights.

January 10, 2017

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