May 24, 2016|Volume 51, Number 5

Cover story

Flexing muscle Sports car ratings show range of performance

IIHS evaluates the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, and none meets the standards for Top Safety Pick.

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April 12, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 4

Tough test for pickupsFord F-150 nabs lone good rating for small overlap protection

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March 30, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 3

In the darkNew ratings show most headlights need improvement

The first IIHS headlight evaluations find only one midsize car with a good system available.

Few drivers use their high beams, study finds

Observations in Michigan show that most drivers don't turn on their high beams when they should, even on the darkest roads.

Changes coming to federal 5-star safety ratings program

Among the changes outlined in a sweeping proposal are a new oblique frontal crash test and ratings for crash avoidance and pedestrian protection.

February 26, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 2

Long haulMandate for electronic logging devices is finally on the books

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Front crash prevention may be required for large trucks

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U.S. can do better than simply adopt Canada's rear underride guard standard

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