December 23, 2014|Volume 49, Number 11

Cover story

Safety gains ground: More vehicles earn top honors from IIHS

The winners' circle for 2015 includes 71 vehicles, as manufacturers put state-of-the-art safety on more models.

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November 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 10

Minivans with a major flaw: 3 models have dire small overlap results

Three minivans perform abysmally in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Toyota Sienna earns an acceptable rating, bringing the number of minivans with decent protection to two.

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Two cars sold in India, Nissan's Datsun Go and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, fall short of minimum safety standards, new crash tests show.

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November 6, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 9

Safe seats: Record 27 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating

IIHS evaluated 41 new booster models for 2014, and 27 earn the highest rating of BEST BET.

Many kids using safety belts should ride in booster seats

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Colliding with deer is costly, especially for some vehicles

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October 24, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 8

Special issue: distracted driving

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Technology that pays attention to the road when drivers don't

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