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New research shows the technology can help drivers avoid backover crashes.
Most tested for small overlap protection fail to hold up. Only two models earn good ratings.
Nineteen new models earn the top ratingin IIHS booster seat evaluations.
Guards on modern semitrailers do a good job preventing cars from sliding underneath, but in certain crashes the danger remains high.
The 2 series, a midsize luxury car, earns the Top Safety Pick+ award after becoming the first BMW model to achieve a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class earns the Top Safety Pick+ award after changes were made to improve front small overlap protection. The E-Class is the fourth large luxury car to earn the Institute's highest award for 2014.
The Volkswagen Golf and its twin, the Volkswagen GTI, earn the Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations and available front crash prevention. The two small cars were redesigned for 2015.
IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.
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