November 10, 2015|Volume 50, Number 9

Cover story

Shop with confidence More BEST BET boosters make it easy

When IIHS began its booster seat ratings in 2008, most models failed to consistently provide good belt fit. This year, all new models evaluated provide good or acceptable fit.

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October 1, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 8

Safe and affordable: updated used vehicle recommendations for teens

IIHS has updated its recommendations for used vehicles for teens, and the list has grown by more than 50 percent.

Offering skid avoidance course to teen drivers doesn't improve safety

Researchers find no evidence that skid avoidance training for teens reduces crashes or violations.

Speed cameras reduce injury crashes in Maryland county, IIHS study shows

A speed-camera program in a large community near Washington, D.C., has led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries.

August 26, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 7

Stopping power: IIHS rates 19 new models for front crash prevention

More than a dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.

Evidence continues to mount in favor of front crash prevention

Insurance data show that vehicles with front crash prevention have lower rates of claims for damage to other vehicles and injuries to people in other vehicles.

Autobrake is preventing crashes in Australia, Europe

Cars and SUVs with autobrake were involved in 38 percent fewer rear-end injury crashes in Australia and Europe than comparable models without it, a new meta-analysis shows.

July 30, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 6

Safety mettle: Aluminum-body Ford F-150 crew cab aces tests

The 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab earns a Top Safety Pick award, but the extended cab version falls short for small overlap protection.

Pricier repairs for aluminum F-150 than steel model in fender-benders

The Ford F-150 crew cab scores high marks for crashworthiness, but the aluminum-body pickup costs more to repair after minor crashes than its steel-body predecessor.

NHTSA to crack down on unsafe motorcycle helmets

U.S. regulators aim to make it harder for retailers to sell novelty motorcycle helmets and easier for riders and police officers to distinguish between safe and unsafe ones.

Truck tractors, large buses will get ESC under new rule

Large trucks and buses soon will be equipped with the same technology that has slashed rollover crashes in passenger vehicles, thanks to a new federal requirement.