December 22, 2010

TOP SAFETY PICK winners show automakers are improving rollover and side protection to qualify for the award

66 winners by vehicle class

Real-world data confirm results of side crash tests

Wheego Whip crash test shows why low-speed electric vehicles shouldn't mingle with regular traffic

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December 2, 2010

SUV and car bumpers underride and override each other in low-speed crashes, contributing to pricey damage

Cost of repairing damage sustained in 10 mph front-into-rear impacts

Drivers say texting, speeding, and running red lights are risky but admit to doing them anyway

Strong roofs help to reduce injury risk when vehicles roll over

Download print edition | Volume 45, Number 12

November 3, 2010

Aftermarket bumpers can be reverse-engineered to perform the same as original equipment in crash tests

Roundabouts are reducing crashes in Carmel, Indiana, where they outnumber intersections with signals

Traffic deaths fell almost 10 percent in 2009, the lowest level since the '50s

15-passenger vans are subject of federal highway safety advisory

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September 28, 2010

Texting bans aren't reducing crashes in 4 states where they've been enacted, insurance data reveal

Motorcycle antilocks lower crash risk, despite government claims in a poorly designed study

Motor vehicle injuries cost the US more than $99 billion a year

Hawk pedestrian signal makes crossing streets safer in Arizona

Download print edition | Volume 45, Number 10

September 8, 2010

New boosters earn top ratings for safety belt fit, but many designs still need to be improved

Booster ratings from BEST BET to those that aren’t recommended

Parents don't always know the right time to switch to boosters and how long to keep using them

Child restraint questions are tackled in new Q&A

Tethers get used 43 percent of the time on forward-facing child restraints

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August 21, 2010

Hot-button issues often drive highway safety policy, draining time and attention from initiatives with greater potential to save lives

Require speed limiters in big trucks for safety as well as fuel economy

Roof strength ratings for more than 100 passenger vehicles, most of which earn top mark of good

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August 3, 2010

Parents favor strict rules for teenage drivers and support raising the licensing age for beginners

Cadillac Escalade remains a favorite target of thieves

Belt use increases in Maine after the state upgrades to primary law

Police officers die more in crashes than from any other cause of death on the job

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June 19, 2010

Older drivers aren’t causing more crashes than they used to, and they aren’t dying more often when they do crash

Ignition interlocks prove more attractive to DWI offenders than house arrest

Raising alcohol prices and taxes reduces excessive drinking, alcohol-related crashes, and other harm, task force finds

Recorder rule for large trucks applies to just the worst offenders

Electronic stability control lowers risk of a fatal crash by a third

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May 20, 2010

Low-speed vehicles and minitrucks are showing up on more public roads, and new crash tests illustrate the risk

Crash avoidance technologies for passenger vehicles could prevent or mitigate about 1 of every 3 fatal crashes

Large trucks will benefit from crash avoidance technology

Ejection is a problem when LSVs crash because doors are optional and occupants don't always use safety belts

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April 15, 2010

Special issue: safety ratings

It's a safety marketplace and comsumers are buying

Consumers are paying attention to vehicle safety

Defects versus safety ratings

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March 31, 2010

Survey of motorcyclists focuses on travel patterns, crash involvement, helmet use, and other aspects of cycling and safety

New Jersey cuts beginners' crash risk with combination of older licensing age and restrictions on all beginners

Wearing a helmet reduces injuries, based on analysis of insurance claims for medical costs

Motorcycle antilocks are safety pluses

Mandatory training courses for motorcyclists don't reduce crashes

Download print edition | Volume 45, Number 3

February 27, 2010

Special issue: phoning while driving

Patterns of phone use and crashes don't match, and researchers are trying to figure out why this is the case

New survey of driver phone use indicates this is a widespread practice, even in risky circumstances on the road

Laws that ban hand-held phone use while driving aren't producing the expected result, which is a reduction in the frequency of crashes

Technology to block phone use while driving is emerging but so far isn't widely used, and the safety payoff is unknown

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February 6, 2010

Frontal airbags designed to meet the latest federal standards appear to have reduced protection for belted drivers in front crashes

Alcohol use is down sharply among nighttime drivers on weekends, but impairment remains a big problem in fatal crashes

People still die in frontal crashes because of personal factors like advanced age and vehicle factors like structures that don't do a good job of managing crash energy, NHTSA says

Institute rates small pickups for rollover and side impact crash protection

Download print edition | Volume 45, Number 1