November 20, 2004

Special issue: protection against neck injury in rear crashes

New seat/head restraint ratings compare protection in rear-end crashes based on dynamic test performance as well as restraint geometry

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September 13, 2004

Car and SUV bumpers underride and override each other in low-speed collisions, contributing to costly damage

Costs of repairing the damage sustained in 10 mph front-into-rear impacts

SUV-into-SUV crash test results

Damage in real low-speed crashes

Side airbag agreement minimizes the risks of inflation injury

2004 models with side airbags that meet test specifications to reduce risks

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August 28, 2004

Seating positions of dummies in crash tests should reflect where real drivers choose to sit in their vehicles, Institute and UMTRI tell NHTSA

NHTSA considers mandating offset test, a step the Institute supports even as it tells the agency to study tests further

Toyota RAV4 is first to earn 'best pick' designation in both front and side tests

Cars teenagers are driving often aren't the best choices for young beginners

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August 1, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals dismisses FMCSA rules on truck driving time as "arbitrary and capricious"

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds NHTSA's decision on 25 mph test speed with unbelted dummies

Airbags that inflate with less power reduce inflation deaths without compromising protection in high-speed crashes

Highway safety update: Laws in Tennessee and Louisiana strengthened; effects of Florida's weakened helmet law measured

Download print edition | Volume 39, Number 7

July 3, 2004

4th of July is when the most crash deaths occur; average of 117 occur per day

Pattern of deaths by month, day, hour

Fatal crashes on July 4, 2002

Pedestrian deaths and how to reduce them, especially at intersections

On/off switches for front passenger airbags often aren't being used correctly

Highway safety update: Minnesota's BAC law, photo radar in Oregon, red light camera use, and federal action expected to address headlight glare

Download print edition | Volume 39, Number 6

April 24, 2004

Special issue: side impact crashworthiness

Crashworthiness evaluations of midsize 4-door cars

Two main aspects for good performance in side impacts

Side impacts are a bigger share of the crash problem

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March 27, 2004

Persistent reminders to buckle up are becoming familiar in vehicles sold in the United States and Europe

2004 models with reminders that persist beyond what's required

North Carolina's graduated licensing restrictions: are teenagers complying?

Tennessee parents don't increase their involvement in the licensing process when prompted to do so

More workers die in crashes than from any other cause, NIOSH reports

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March 6, 2004

Depowered airbags have lessened the fatality risk for drivers of most passenger vehicles but not pickup trucks

Vehicle size and safety: Comprehensive NHTSA report contributes to ongoing consideration of both fuel economy and vehicle compatibility in crashes

Rollover rating criteria are expanded, but NHTSA's addition of dynamic testing doesn't make much difference in the final ratings of SUVs and pickups

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February 7, 2004

Test performance predicts vehicle crashworthiness in real-world crashes

Rumble strips aren't just for roadway shoulders; new research indicates they're effective on centerlines of two-lane roads

Prior violations, including serious ones like DWI, often aren't reflected on public driver records

Drivers with poor records aren't swayed by education alone

Truckers who don't buckle up are targets of new education but not enforcement

Highway safety update: Motorcyclist deaths in Germany, red light cameras in North Carolina, and phone use in Michigan

Download print edition | Volume 39, Number 2

January 3, 2004

Redesigned Ford F-150's performance in 40 mph crash test improves dramatically, compared with earlier F-150 design

F-150's bumpers aren't improved

New Ford Freestar is a good performer in 40 mph frontal offset test

Compatibility will be improved in front and side impacts, automakers promise

Deer collisions are on the increase, and many countermeasures aren't effective

Temporary signs that get drivers' attention can reduce deer collisions

Download print edition | Volume 39, Number 1