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December 23, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 11
Safety gains ground: More vehicles earn top honors from IIHS
The winners' circle for 2015 includes 71 vehicles, as manufacturers put state-of-the-art safety on more models.
How vehicles are changing for better small overlap protection
Three main strategies have emerged for improving vehicle structure to better protect occupants in small overlap front crashes.
Laying the groundwork for safety improvements for back-seat occupants
Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.
November 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 10
Minivans with a major flaw: 3 models have dire small overlap results
Three minivans perform abysmally in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Toyota Sienna earns an acceptable rating, bringing the number of minivans with decent protection to two.
Global NCAP tests show how cars sold in India fall short on safety
Two cars sold in India, Nissan's Datsun Go and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, fall short of minimum safety standards, new crash tests show.
Motorcycle ABS benefits both high-risk and low-risk riders
Antilock brakes can benefit high-risk and low-risk riders, a new HLDI study that categorizes motorcyclists based on auto claims rates shows.
November 6, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 9
Safe seats: Record 27 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating
IIHS evaluated 41 new booster models for 2014, and 27 earn the highest rating of BEST BET.
Many kids using safety belts should ride in booster seats
Nine of 10 parents move their children out of a booster seat before they're big enough for safety belts, a Safe Kids survey shows.
Colliding with deer is costly, especially for some vehicles
Some vehicles rack up high insurance losses for hitting deer or other animals. West Virginia leads states in animal-strike claims.
October 24, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 8
Special issue: distracted driving
Eyes on the road: Searching for answers to the problem of distracted driving
A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.
The self-correcting nature of science
IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.
Defining distraction: It's not just cellphones
Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.
Technology that pays attention to the road when drivers don't
Technology that can intervene when drivers aren't paying attention offers a potential solution to the problem of distracted driving.
Measured success: Bans reduce phone use but what about crashes?
Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.
October 9, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 7
On guard: Safety gear on the back of truck trailers is improving
An IIHS research program aims to spur better rear underride guards to reduce deaths and injuries in large truck crashes. Manufacturers are taking notice and improving designs.
NHTSA signals plan to address deaths in underride crashes
Government regulators have announced plans to consider tougher standards for rear underride guards.
Adaptive headlights help drivers spot objects earlier; glare not excessive
Headlights that swivel in response to steering input help drivers see objects on dark curvy roads earlier, a new IIHS study finds.
In 30 years, adaptive headlights won't be unusual
Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.
July 30, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 6
Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test
The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.
Teen crashes fall since the advent of graduated licensing
Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.
Going up: States keep raising speed limits
Several states have raised posted limits to as high as 80 mph or extended maximum limits to more roads so far this year.
July 16, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 5
Special issue: vehicles for teens
Safety rides shotgun: the best used vehicles for teen drivers
IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.
Vehicle choice can exacerbate teen drivers' crash risk
Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.
May 29, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 4
Quick work: Better autobrake helps more models earn top ratings for front crash prevention
IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.
Honda warning system trims insurance claims
A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is cutting insurance claims, a HLDI study shows.
Side airbag benefits extend to people in rollover crashes
Side airbags that deploy in rollover crashes reduce deaths of front seat occupants by 41 percent in rollovers, a NHTSA study shows.
Rearview camera rule aims to reduce backover crashes
Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.
April 8, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 3
Midsize SUVs disappoint in small overlap front crash test
Two GM models, the Chevrolet Equinox and its twin, the GMC Terrain, are the only midsize SUVs out of nine tested to earn a good rating in the small overlap front crash test.
What makes LATCH easier to use? Parents reinforce lab findings of key vehicle design features
A new IIHS study confirms that better designs for LATCH anchor setups in vehicles could make parents more likely to use LATCH and use it correctly.
Regulators revive truck recorder rule after legal setback
Regulators have rewritten a proposed requirement for electronic logbooks on commercial vehicles in response to a court decision that had temporarily halted the rulemaking process.
March 13, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 2
Preventing driveway tragedies: Rear cameras help drivers see behind them
Rear cameras show promise in preventing backover crashes and are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers avoid objects behind them, new IIHS research demonstrates.
Parking sensors help reduce property damage crashes
Buick drivers say they like parking sensors, which help prevent property damage.
Dodge/Jeep and Toyota owners say they like their crash avoidance features
Front crash prevention, adaptive cruise control and other high-tech systems are proving popular among drivers of nonluxury brands.
Don't confuse essential public health research with government spying
IIHS President Adrian Lund responds to the controversy over the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving.
February 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 1
Fit for the road: Older drivers' crash rates continue to drop
Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows.
Safer vehicles benefit all occupants
Both older and younger passenger vehicle occupants are benefiting from efforts to improve protection in crashes, a recent study confirms.
Minicars fall short for small overlap frontal protection
Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.
Easy-to-spot anchors boost tether use
Parents are more likely to use the top tether when installing a child restraint if the attachment anchor in the vehicle is easy to find, new research from IIHS and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates.
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