December 22, 2009

Booster ratings help parents pick seats that are most likely to offer the best safety belt fit for their children

What good lap/shoulder belt fit and bad belt fit looks like

How 60 boosters rate individually for lap belt fit and shoulder belt fit

Hybrid electric cars are more likely to crash with pedestrians and bicyclists

Children are safer restrained in boosters than kids who use safety belts alone

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November 18, 2009

TOP SAFETY PICK winners for 2010 are vehicles on the highest rung for protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes, too

Winners by vehicle class

Crash avoidance features gain traction with Infiniti and Volvo owners

Subaru improves bumpers on 2010 Legacy to earn acceptable rating

Animal crashes continue to rise, and so do costs of fixing the damage

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October 13, 2009

Phoning while driving

IIHS 50th anniversary celebration, featuring test comparing crashworthiness then and now

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September 17, 2009

Alcohol detection devices for all drivers garner widespread support

Regulating light truck bumpers gets a look-see from NHTSA

Amber is a better color than red for rear turn signals

Camera enforcement case summaries are available at

Better truck brakes are on tap

Crash deaths continue to decline, though deaths of motorcyclists keep bucking the overall trend

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July 11, 2009

Click It or Ticket still works to raise belt use by combining stepped-up enforcement with a media blitz

Enhanced belt reminders reduce drivers' fatality risk

Alcohol ignition interlocks are required equipment for first-time DUI offenders in additional states

Interlocks would have saved 8,893 lives in 2007 by preventing alcohol-impaired people from driving

Universal belt use, primary laws, and enforcement need to be priorities

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June 11, 2009

Bumpers on mini and microcars allow pricey damage in new Institute tests. None of the 7 evaluated earns a good rating

What it costs to fix test damage

Roofs that meet a new federal standard likely will be nearly as strong as needed to earn top ratings in Institute tests

Donald L. Schaffer served on the Institute board from 1962-1987

Child seats don't fit the same in all vehicles, so automakers are urged to recommend good ones for their models

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May 7, 2009

Special issue: teenage drivers

When parents are watching, their teenage children drive differently than when they're alone or with friends

Variety of gadgets rides shotgun with teenagers

Strong teen driving laws reduce crashes, insurance claims

Insurers take high-tech approach to teen drivers

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April 14, 2009

Special issue: car size, weight, and safety

Bigger, heavier cars are safer

Fuel ecomony and safety can be achieved at the same time

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March 24, 2009

Special issue: roof strength

Institute launches new roof strength rating

Small cars benefit from stronger roofs, Institute analysis finds

How NHTSA underestimates the rollover death and injury problem

Tougher roof strength rules for cars, SUVs, and pickups are decades overdue

Dynamic test using instrumented dummies would be the gold standard for assessing roof performance in rollovers

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March 7, 2009

Crashes in the real world don't always mirror tests, so new frontal tests merit exploration

Frontal crash case files illustrate 5 important configurations

Having improved compatibility, automakers disband cooperative effort to address this issue

Frontal airbags reportedly failed to inflate, but Institute researchers found errors in the way crash data sometimes are reported

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February 14, 2009

Truck safety isn't being served by the federal agency in charge of regulating it

More are dying because of FMCSA's 2003 work-hour rule

Electronic recorders still aren't required equipment in large trucks

Courts back red light camera programs in Illinois, Tennessee, and California

State legislators make decisions about red light camera programs and other highway safety matters

FMCSA needs a push

3 large pickups prove wimpy for occupant protection in side crashes

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