October 9, 2014|Volume 49, Number 7

Cover story

On guard: Safety gear on the back of truck trailers is improving

An IIHS research program aims to spur better rear underride guards to reduce deaths and injuries in large truck crashes. Manufacturers are taking notice and improving designs.


Status Report, published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. Recent issues are available online in HTML format. Older issues are available as PDFs.

Note: Issues from 2000-08 are not available online at this time. Please contact Chamelle Matthew, senior communications specialist, at cmatthew@iihs.org for copies of these issues.

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July 30, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 6

Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test

The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.

Teen crashes fall since the advent of graduated licensing

Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.

Going up: States keep raising speed limits

Several states have raised posted limits to as high as 80 mph or extended maximum limits to more roads so far this year.

July 16, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 5

Special issue: vehicles for teens

Safety rides shotgun: the best used vehicles for teen drivers

IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.

Vehicle choice can exacerbate teen drivers' crash risk

Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.

May 29, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 4

Quick work: Better autobrake helps more models earn top ratings for front crash prevention

IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.

Honda warning system trims insurance claims

A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is cutting insurance claims, a HLDI study shows.

Side airbag benefits extend to people in rollover crashes

Side airbags that deploy in rollover crashes reduce deaths of front seat occupants by 41 percent in rollovers, a NHTSA study shows.

Rearview camera rule aims to reduce backover crashes

Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.