February 1, 2017|Volume 52, Number 1

Cover story

Near miss Two all-electric cars fall short of earning an IIHS safety award

The Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 fall short of meeting IIHS awards criteria, but two plug-in hybrids earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award.


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December 8, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 10

In the best light2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners meet new headlight criteria

Thirty-eight models earn Top Safety Pick+, the Institute's award for optimal crash protection and crash avoidance. Another 44 earn Top Safety Pick, which doesn't take headlights into account.

IIHS tweaks headlight rating system

IIHS has adjusted the way it accounts for glare in its headlight evaluations.

Drivers say alcohol is bigger threat than pot

More drivers are concerned about people using marijuana and getting behind the wheel in states where the drug is legal than elsewhere.

Safety defects and long hours contribute to large truck crashes

Serious truck defects triple the risk of a crash. Long hours behind the wheel are another major factor.

November 17, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 9

Designs that clickBooster manufacturers have mastered good belt fit

The vast majority of new booster seats earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS, but bad designs continue to slip through.

No IIHS rating for the Mifold belt-positioning device

The Mifold Grab-and-Go Booster is a highly portable belt-positioning device, but isn't really a booster.

Warning systems neither curb driver distraction nor worsen it

Drivers who receive crash avoidance warnings aren't any more likely to pay attention to the road than drivers who don’t, an IIHS study shows. They aren't any less likely either.

Rearview cameras reduce police-reported backing crashes

An IIHS study of police-reported backing collisions shows that rearview cameras cut such crashes by 16 percent. Older drivers benefit the most.

November 10, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 8

Special issue: autonomous vehicles

Driver seatRobot cars won't retire crash-test dummies anytime soon

Self-driving vehicles are coming, but they won't supplant human drivers for decades to come. Automation can reduce crashes, but so can focusing on tried-and-true countermeasures.

IIHS-HLDI test drives uncover driver assistance system quirks

IIHS-HLDI staff have been taking vehicles outfitted with automated technologies on test drives. Turns out, even experts sometimes mistrust advanced features.

NHTSA says safety won't take back seat to autonomy

U.S. regulators plan to use their recall authority if issues arise with highly automated vehicles and may seek the power to approve these vehicles before they come to market.