November 20, 2014|Volume 49, Number 10

Cover story

Minivans with a major flaw: 3 models have dire small overlap results

Three minivans perform abysmally in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Toyota Sienna earns an acceptable rating, bringing the number of minivans with decent protection to two.

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November 6, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 9

Safe seats: Record 27 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating

IIHS evaluated 41 new booster models for 2014, and 27 earn the highest rating of BEST BET.

Many kids using safety belts should ride in booster seats

Nine of 10 parents move their children out of a booster seat before they're big enough for safety belts, a Safe Kids survey shows.

Colliding with deer is costly, especially for some vehicles

Some vehicles rack up high insurance losses for hitting deer or other animals. West Virginia leads states in animal-strike claims.

October 24, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 8

Special issue: distracted driving

Eyes on the road: Searching for answers to the problem of distracted driving

A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.

The self-correcting nature of science

IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.

Defining distraction: It's not just cellphones

Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.

Technology that pays attention to the road when drivers don't

Technology that can intervene when drivers aren't paying attention offers a potential solution to the problem of distracted driving.

Measured success: Bans reduce phone use but what about crashes?

Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.

October 9, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 7

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.

NHTSA signals plan to address deaths in underride crashes

Government regulators have announced plans to consider tougher standards for rear underride guards.

Adaptive headlights help drivers spot objects earlier; glare not excessive

Headlights that swivel in response to steering input help drivers see objects on dark curvy roads earlier, a new IIHS study finds.

In 30 years, adaptive headlights won't be unusual

Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.