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July 30, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 6
Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test
The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.
Teen crashes fall since the advent of graduated licensing
Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.
Going up: States keep raising speed limits
Several states have raised posted limits to as high as 80 mph or extended maximum limits to more roads so far this year.
July 16, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 5
Special issue: vehicles for teens
Safety rides shotgun: the best used vehicles for teen drivers
IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.
Vehicle choice can exacerbate teen drivers' crash risk
Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.
May 29, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 4
Quick work: Better autobrake helps more models earn top ratings for front crash prevention
IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.
Honda warning system trims insurance claims
A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is cutting insurance claims, a HLDI study shows.
Side airbag benefits extend to people in rollover crashes
Side airbags that deploy in rollover crashes reduce deaths of front seat occupants by 41 percent in rollovers, a NHTSA study shows.
Rearview camera rule aims to reduce backover crashes
Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.
April 8, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 3
Midsize SUVs disappoint in small overlap front crash test
Two GM models, the Chevrolet Equinox and its twin, the GMC Terrain, are the only midsize SUVs out of nine tested to earn a good rating in the small overlap front crash test.
What makes LATCH easier to use? Parents reinforce lab findings of key vehicle design features
A new IIHS study confirms that better designs for LATCH anchor setups in vehicles could make parents more likely to use LATCH and use it correctly.
Regulators revive truck recorder rule after legal setback
Regulators have rewritten a proposed requirement for electronic logbooks on commercial vehicles in response to a court decision that had temporarily halted the rulemaking process.
March 13, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 2
Preventing driveway tragedies: Rear cameras help drivers see behind them
Rear cameras show promise in preventing backover crashes and are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers avoid objects behind them, new IIHS research demonstrates.
Parking sensors help reduce property damage crashes
Buick drivers say they like parking sensors, which help prevent property damage.
Dodge/Jeep and Toyota owners say they like their crash avoidance features
Front crash prevention, adaptive cruise control and other high-tech systems are proving popular among drivers of nonluxury brands.
Don't confuse essential public health research with government spying
IIHS President Adrian Lund responds to the controversy over the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving.
February 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 1
Fit for the road: Older drivers' crash rates continue to drop
Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows.
Safer vehicles benefit all occupants
Both older and younger passenger vehicle occupants are benefiting from efforts to improve protection in crashes, a recent study confirms.
Minicars fall short for small overlap frontal protection
Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.
Easy-to-spot anchors boost tether use
Parents are more likely to use the top tether when installing a child restraint if the attachment anchor in the vehicle is easy to find, new research from IIHS and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates.
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