March 29, 2018|Volume 53, Number 2

Cover story

Locking out impaired driving Laws that require interlocks for all DUI offenders save lives

Two new IIHS studies bolster the case for expanded use of alcohol interlocks.

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February 22, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 1

Back stopRear crash prevention ratings aim to cut parking lot collisions

The first round of rear autobrake tests yields two superior and four advanced ratings.

Park assist helps drivers avoid backing crashes

Rear autobrake bundled with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera can cut backing crash rates by more than 75 percent, new IIHS research shows.

Panoramic roofs contribute to higher glass claims

More glass leads to more frequent and more expensive glass claims. Glass losses under comprehensive insurance are higher for vehicles that have panoramic roofs, HLDI has found.

December 28, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 10

Loss leadersLuxury cars dominate list of models with highest collision losses

Two electric vehicles are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to collision insurance losses, HLDI data show.

New estimates of safety features in vehicle fleet

Park assist systems are spreading through the vehicle fleet faster than front crash prevention, despite the latter's proven benefits, a new HLDI study shows.

Honda's sporty wheels still a draw for car thieves

Insurance claims data continue to show high theft losses for certain Honda Accords and the Honda Fit Sport, which have sought-after wheels.

December 7, 2017 |Volume 52, Number 9

Higher standards62 models meet tougher criteria to earn IIHS awards

Just 15 vehicles qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS after the requirements were strengthened. Another 47 vehicles earn the second-tier Top Safety Pick award.

Voice-command systems help older drivers focus on the road

Hands-free calling using a single-step voice command system instead of buttons and knobs helps drivers, especially older ones, keep their attention on the road.