December 15, 2011

A record number of models earn TOP SAFETY PICK as automakers make changes to win

This year's list of winners of the highest safety accolade from IIHS includes vehicles in nearly ever size category.

New Jersey teen decals boost citations, not compliance

A New Jersey law intended to help police enforce graduated licensing restrictions by requiring young drivers to display decals hasn't increased compliance with the restrictions.

Early months of driving are riskiest for teens, monitoring study confirms

Crashes and near crashes are more common in the first six months of independent driving than later, a study that monitored teen drivers with cameras and other sensors has found.

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November 17, 2011

Hybrid advantage: Hybrids' injury odds are lower than their gas-powered twins

Hybrids have a safety edge over their conventional twins, new HLDI research shows. The lower injury odds are in large part due to their bigger weight.

Hybrids chalk up more injury claims for pedestrians

Hybrids may be as much as 20 percent more likely to injure pedestrians than nonhybrid vehicles because of their quiet motors.

Teens' crash risk rises when they drive models built for performance

Teenagers are more likely to crash than drivers their parents' age. That extra risk is amplified when they ride motorcycles or drive sports cars, a HLDI study shows.

Alcohol-detection device project is now in development phase

Developers of advanced in-vehicle detection technology have two years to build a system that reliably determines a driver’s blood alcohol concentration in a third of a second.

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October 13, 2011

Take your pick: More boosters are doing a good job, new ratings show

More boosters are providing good belt fit for children, the latest ratings show. IIHS has awarded a record 31 seats the BEST BET designation this year.

Inflatable booster earns top rating

The BubbleBum, the first inflatable seat tested by the Institute and a BEST BET, provides a solution for traveling and car pools.

Kids in crashes fare better if states have tough restraint laws

Expanding child restraint laws to cover children through ages 7 or 8 reduces crash injuries among booster-age kids, a new IIHS study finds.

Onboard recorder rule for trucks and buses hits roadblock in court case

A proposal to mandate onboard recorders for all interstate carriers may be delayed after a similar requirement for carriers with major hours-of-service violations was struck down.

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September 28, 2011

Better compatibility has lessened the danger that SUVs and pickups pose to people in cars

Recent changes to SUVs and cars have made crashes involving the two vehicle types less dangerous. Even pickups aren't nearly the danger to people in cars that they were before.

Older drivers sense when they should limit their trips

Older drivers often voluntarily put limits on their driving. The more impairments an older driver has, the more limits they place on themselves, a new study finds.

ESC benefits keep adding up as feature becomes standard

A new federal analysis of electronic stability control indicates the technology cuts by a fifth the probability that a vehicle will be in a fatal crash.

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August 18, 2011

Low-hanging fruit: Existing countermeasures merit renewed attention

Tried-and-true strategies such as safety belt and helmet laws and lower speed limits don't grab headlines, but they still have the potential to save many lives.

Kids should use rear-facing seats at least until 2

The American Academy of Pediatrics now says children should ride rear-facing until age 2 or until they reach the height or weight limits of their restraints.

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July 19, 2011

Volvo's City Safety prevents low-speed crashes and cuts insurance costs

A new HLDI study indicates that Volvo SUVs with a low-speed forward collision avoidance system get into fewer crashes than comparable vehicles without the feature.

Forward collision warning systems available by manufacturer

A list of systems on 2011 models by vehicle make 

Red light cameras see solid support in latest survey

Two-thirds of drivers in 14 big cities with longstanding red light camera programs support their use, a new IIHS survey shows.

Revamped labels to help curb sale of unsafe helmets

New labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets should make it harder to sell flimsy novelty headgear.

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June 9, 2011

SUV drivers are among the least likely to die in a crash, the latest calculations of driver death rates show

Models with the highest and lowest rates of driver deaths

Driver death rates by vehicle model and crash type

ESC is working as intended under a federal rule requiring the feature in all new passenger vehicles

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April 26, 2011

First electric car crash tests show Chevrolet's Volt and Nissan's Leaf are top safety performers

Some truck drivers might get more rest under a proposed revision to hours of service regulations

Onboard recorders finally may be required for interstate carriers

Rollover airbags are expected to become standard

Teen driver DVD discusses ways to keep young beginners safe

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March 30, 2011

Pedestrians stand to benefit from new vehicle technology and design changes aimed at preventing crashes

Volvo brings the first pedestrian avoidance system to U.S. market

Quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to get noise requirement

Stephen L. Oesch retires

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March 1, 2011

Underride guards can fail in real-world crashes, and crash tests demonstrate the need for new standards to address the deadly problem

Moves to upgrade standards on underride guards have been slowing

Belt use rises when fines for not buckling up increases

Laura P. Sullivan was the first woman to serve as Institute chairman

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February 1, 2011

Special issue: red light running

Red light running kills

Jean Good and Jay Good, 58

Billie Ray Spence, 64

Shane Kieser, 19

Marcus May-Cook, 3

City uses cameras as safety tool, not moneymaker

Questions and answers about red light cameras

Deborah Parsons-Mason, 47

Common thread binds crashes depite different story lines

Amber Cornett, 16

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