April 12, 2017|Volume 52, Number 2

Cover story

Smart picks for teen drivers IIHS updates criteria for recommended used vehicles

The Institute's latest list of recommended used vehicles relies on updated criteria to help parents find safe and affordable options for the new drivers in their families.


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February 1, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 1

Near missTwo 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.

Regulators finalize noise requirement for hybrids, electric vehicles

Manufacturers have until late 2019 to equip normally quiet hybrid and electric vehicles with noise-making devices to help protect pedestrians.

Older driver road tests appear to cut crashes in Illinois but not New Hampshire

An Illinois requirement that older drivers pass a road test at each renewal has reduced insurance claim rates, but a now-repealed road-test requirement in New Hampshire didn't.

Requiring treatment for interlock violators reduces re-arrest rates

Alcohol-impaired driving offenders are less likely to reoffend after their interlocks are removed if they have been referred for treatment, a recent study found.

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.