• December 19, 2013

    IIHS safety awards for 2014 go to 39 vehicles

    Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn Top Safety Pick by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.

  • September 27, 2013

    IIHS launches front crash prevention ratings

    Seven midsize vehicles earn top marks under the new test program, which aims to help consumers decide which systems to consider. The ratings program is based on research by HLDI showing that forward collision warning and autobrake systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.

  • April 25, 2013

    Volvo City Safety is reducing crashes

    Volvo's low-speed crash avoidance system is helping drivers avoid fender-benders and minor injuries on congested roads.

  • July 3, 2012

    Crash avoidance features cut insurance claims

    Early evidence that advanced crash avoidance technologies are cutting crashes in the real world comes from a study of insurance claims. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that brake autonomously, and adaptive headlights show the biggest crash reductions in HLDI's analysis.

  • June 20, 2012

    Newly insured riders benefit from ABS

    Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.

  • July 19, 2011

    High-tech system on Volvos is preventing crashes

    A HLDI analysis finds that Volvo's City Safety feature prevents about a quarter of the common low-speed crashes that happen in everyday commuter traffic. The study is HLDI's first real-world look at a new crop of advanced crash avoidance technologies.

  • June 13, 2006

    Stability control could prevent a third of fatal crashes

    An extension of antilock brake technology, electronic stability control is designed to help drivers retain control of their vehicles during high-speed maneuvers or on slippery roads. Previous research found it significantly reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes. Now researchers have found that the technology reduces the risk of fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32 percent.

  • October 28, 2004

    Electronic stability control reduces fatal crash risk

    About half of the 28,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes that occur each year involve a single vehicle. Equipping cars and SUVs with electronic stability control can reduce the risk of involvement in these crashes by more than 50 percent, a new study finds. The effect on all single-vehicle crashes, fatal and nonfatal, is about 40 percent.

  • December 10, 1996

    Antilocks on cars don't reduce fatal crashes

    Cars with antilock brakes are more likely than cars without them to be in crashes fatal to their own occupants. In particular, antilock cars are more likely to be in fatal single-vehicle crashes. These are the findings of a new IIHS study comparing the fatal crash experience of cars with antilocks and otherwise identical models with regular brakes.