February 1, 2017|Volume 52, Number 1
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.
Manufacturers have until late 2019 to equip normally quiet hybrid and electric vehicles with noise-making devices to help protect pedestrians.
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Illinois requirement that older drivers pass a road test at each renewal has reduced insurance claim rates, but a now-repealed road-test requirement in New Hampshire didn't.
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.
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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.
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