December 10, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 10

Advancing safetyWinners have good crash protection and front crash prevention

For the first time, a good small overlap front rating is required for a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award.

IIHS expansion makes room for new research

The Institute and its member companies recently celebrated the completion of a $30 million expansion of the Vehicle Research Center.

Large naturalistic study provides new window on driver distraction

An IIHS analysis of data from a large naturalistic driving study provides new evidence that cellphones and other distractions raise the odds of a crash.

Stronger economy can be bad news for highway safety

Historical data point to the economic recovery as a likely cause of the recent rise in crash deaths.

November 10, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 9

Shop with confidenceMore BEST BET boosters make it easy

When IIHS began its booster seat ratings in 2008, most models failed to consistently provide good belt fit. This year, all new models evaluated provide good or acceptable fit.

Rear underride guard mandate may extend to more trucks under NHTSA proposal

The federal government has outlined a possible plan to require rear underride guards on single-unit trucks

Good head restraints reduce injuries by 11 percent

An updated HLDI-IIHS analysis shows that injury rates are 11 percent lower in rear crashes when vehicles are equipped with good head restraints compared with poor ones.

October 1, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 8

Safe and affordableUpdated used vehicle recommendations for teens

IIHS has updated its recommendations for used vehicles for teens, and the list has grown by more than 50 percent.

Offering skid avoidance course to teen drivers doesn't improve safety

Researchers find no evidence that skid avoidance training for teens reduces crashes or violations.

Speed cameras reduce injury crashes in Maryland county, IIHS study shows

A speed-camera program in a large community near Washington, D.C., has led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries.

August 26, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 7

Stopping powerIIHS rates 20 new models for front crash prevention

A dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.

Evidence continues to mount in favor of front crash prevention

Insurance data show that vehicles with front crash prevention have lower rates of claims for damage to other vehicles and injuries to people in other vehicles.

Autobrake is preventing crashes in Australia, Europe

Cars and SUVs with autobrake were involved in 38 percent fewer rear-end injury crashes in Australia and Europe than comparable models without it, a new meta-analysis shows.

July 30, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 6

Safety mettleAluminum-body Ford F-150 crew cab aces tests

The 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab earns a Top Safety Pick award, but the extended cab version falls short for small overlap protection.

Pricier repairs for aluminum F-150 than steel model in fender-benders

The Ford F-150 crew cab scores high marks for crashworthiness, but the aluminum-body pickup costs more to repair after minor crashes than its steel-body predecessor.

NHTSA to crack down on unsafe motorcycle helmets

U.S. regulators aim to make it harder for retailers to sell novelty motorcycle helmets and easier for riders and police officers to distinguish between safe and unsafe ones.

Truck tractors, large buses will get ESC under new rule

Large trucks and buses soon will be equipped with the same technology that has slashed rollover crashes in passenger vehicles, thanks to a new federal requirement.

June 18, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 5

Special issue: latch ratings

Simplifying child safetyIIHS rates vehicles for LATCH ease of use

For the first time, IIHS has rated vehicles on how easy it is to install child restraints in them. The results aren't great.

Making sense of LATCHanswers to common questions

These explanations about LATCH weight limits, center seating positions and other issues can help clear up confusion.

May 12, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 4

Successes and failuresMidsize SUVs have mixed small overlap results

Three more models earn good or acceptable ratings in the small overlap front crash test, but many midsize SUVs still struggle.

DUI checkpoints, passive sensors are underutilized

Well-publicized checkpoints are a proven tool to reduce impaired driving, but few law enforcement agencies conduct them regularly, an IIHS survey shows.

More drivers use marijuana, but link to crashes is murky

More drivers are testing positive for marijuana and other drugs, but a new study fails to find a link between marijuana use and crashes.

March 31, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 3

An easy winStrong GDL laws maximize benefits

Graduated licensing is reducing fatal crashes among teen drivers, but many states could do much better if they strengthened their laws.

Distracting behaviors are common at red lights, less so at roundabouts

Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.

Bicycle crash study could guide design of bicyclist detection systems

A new study looks at the types of crashes bicyclist detection systems would need to address in order to be most effective at reducing deaths and injuries.

March 3, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 2

Say the wordVoice systems can reduce some types of distraction

Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.

Decline in crash risk spurs better outlook for older drivers

The fatality rate among drivers age 75 and older has improved because they are involved in fewer crashes per mile traveled and are surviving side impacts more often.

Intersections challenge older drivers

Older drivers look but don't always see potential conflicts when they travel through intersections, especially when turning left.

January 29, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 1

Saving livesImproved vehicle designs bring down death rates

Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.

Home team loss boosts collision claim rates around NFL stadiums

Collision claims go up in ZIP codes around NFL stadiums on game days, especially when the home team loses.