April 8, 2014

Cover story

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.

Download print edition | Volume 49, Number 3

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March 13, 2014

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.

Download print edition | Volume 49, Number 2

February 20, 2014

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.

Download print edition | Volume 49, Number 1

December 30, 2013

Alcohol paradox: Drop in weekend drinking and driving doesn't bring drop in fatal crashes involving alcohol

The percentage of drivers on the road impaired by alcohol has plunged, yet the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes has stayed relatively constant. IIHS researchers explore possible reasons for the puzzle.

Walking and biking under the influence carry dangers, too

The proportion of fatally injured pedestrians and bicyclists who were impaired by alcohol has changed little in recent decades.

Softer vehicle fronts and pedestrian detection systems could reduce pedestrian deaths, injuries

Pedestrians are the focus of proposed new regulations to modify the fronts of vehicles to lessen the harm they can cause to pedestrians. A new IIHS study finds the changes may help reduce some deaths and injuries

Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 10