January 29, 2015|Volume 50, Number 1

Cover story

Saving lives: Improved vehicle designs bring down death rates

Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.


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December 23, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 11

Safety gains ground: More vehicles earn top honors from IIHS

The winners' circle for 2015 includes 71 vehicles, as manufacturers put state-of-the-art safety on more models.

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Laying the groundwork for safety improvements for back-seat occupants

Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.

November 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 10

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

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Two cars sold in India, Nissan's Datsun Go and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, fall short of minimum safety standards, new crash tests show.

Motorcycle ABS benefits both high-risk and low-risk riders

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November 6, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 9

Safe seats: Record 27 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating

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