• June 23, 2016

    Passengers at risk in small overlap crashes

    Vehicles that provide good protection for drivers in small overlap crashes don’t always offer the same protection to front-seat passengers, a new IIHS study shows.

  • May 24, 2016

    Muscle cars fall short of safety awards

    IIHS evaluates the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, and none meets the standards for Top Safety Pick.

    Volume 51, Number 5
  • April 12, 2016

    Pickups struggle with small overlap test

    Some 2016 model large pickups aren't as tough as they look when it comes to performance in a small overlap front crash.

    Volume 51, Number 4
  • March 30, 2016

    Federal 5-star ratings set for overhaul

    Among the changes outlined in a sweeping proposal are a new oblique frontal crash test and ratings for crash avoidance and pedestrian protection.

    Volume 51, Number 3
  • December 10, 2015

    Safety awards go to 61 models for 2016

    Good small overlap protection, as well as front crash prevention, is now required for the IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards. 

  • July 30, 2015

    Ford F-150 crew cab earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

    The aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab earns good ratings in all the IIHS crashworthiness tests. However, the extended cab version of the pickup falls short on small overlap front performance.

  • May 12, 2015

    Midsize SUVs have mixed small overlap results

    The latest round of small overlap front crash testing brings the total number of midsize SUVs earning Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ to seven. However, many models still struggle with the test.

  • March 10, 2015

    IIHS backs call for safer vehicles everywhere

    A new report released today by Global NCAP calls for minimum vehicle safety standards to be applied universally in all world markets. IIHS supports this effort.

  • December 23, 2014

    71 vehicles earn 2015 honors from IIHS

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

    Volume 49, Number 11
  • December 23, 2014

    Strategies for small overlap protection

    Three main strategies have emerged for improving vehicle structure to better protect occupants in small overlap front crashes.

    Volume 49, Number 11
  • November 20, 2014

    3 minivans have dire crash test 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.

    Volume 49, Number 10
  • November 20, 2014

    Cars sold in India earn zero stars

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

    Volume 49, Number 10
  • July 30, 2014

    Small car ratings vary in small overlap 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.

    Volume 49, Number 6
  • April 8, 2014

    Small overlap test stymies midsize SUVs

    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.

    Volume 49, Number 3
  • February 20, 2014

    Minicars fall short in tough frontal crash test

    Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.

    Volume 49, Number 1
  • January 22, 2014

    Minicars fall short in tough frontal crash test

    Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test. Minicars are the worst performing group of any that IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap test program so far.

  • 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

    Dealers: Good crash ratings boost sales

    Dealers of two brands that did well in the Institute's small overlap front crash test say the good ratings brought in customers and boosted sales.

    Volume 48, Number 7
  • August 8, 2013

    6 of 12 small cars earn Top Safety Pick+

    The latest small overlap front crash test results from the Institute reveal a range of performance among many of the best-selling small cars in the U.S. Of the 12 models evaluated, half earn a good or acceptable rating and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

  • August 8, 2013

    Small overlap crashes aren't just a U.S. problem

    Small overlap crashes account for a quarter of frontal crashes of all severities in Germany, a new study of insurance claims indicates.

    Volume 48, Number 6
  • June 27, 2013

    Safety gains aren't global

    Car buyers in the U.S. benefit from a safety marketplace where there is a wealth of consumer information. The story is different in developing markets, but some groups are helping them catch up.

    Volume 48, Number 5
  • May 30, 2013

    Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test

    The 2014 Subaru Forester is first to ace every aspect of the small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport qualify for Top Safety Pick+.

    Volume 48, Number 4
  • May 16, 2013

    Redesigned Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test

    The 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earns acceptable in the test, are the latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute's recently inaugurated top honor, Top Safety Pick+. Other tested small SUVs earn poor or marginal ratings for small overlap.

  • December 20, 2012

    Family cars trump luxury models in tough new crash test

    A group of moderately priced midsize cars outperformed most of their luxury counterparts in a challenging new frontal crash test conducted by IIHS on 2013 models. Of the 18 midsize family cars evaluated in the small overlap test, two earn the top rating of good, 11 earn acceptable, three earn marginal, and two are poor.

  • August 14, 2012

    New crash test raises bar for frontal protection

    Only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars evaluated earn good or acceptable ratings in the Institute's new small overlap frontal crash test, the latest addition to a suite of tests designed to help consumers pick the safest vehicles.

  • December 15, 2011

    115 vehicles earn TOP SAFETY PICK

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

    Volume 46, Number 11
  • April 26, 2011

    First crash tests of electric cars

    The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf earn the highest safety ratings from IIHS in the first U.S. crash tests of plug-in electric cars.

    Volume 46, Number 4
  • January 19, 2011

    Good IIHS side ratings translate into fewer deaths

    Drivers of vehicles that perform well in the Institute's side-impact crash test are much less likely to die in a real-world left-side crash than drivers of vehicles that do poorly, a new analysis finds. The study includes only passenger vehicles with side airbags, demonstrating that airbags, while crucial, are far from the whole story in side crash protection.

  • December 22, 2010

    More award winning choices for 2011

    After struggling with tougher Top Safety Pick criteria a year ago, manufacturers have bounced back with more winning options.

    Volume 45, Number 13
  • December 22, 2010

    Real crashes confirm IIHS side tests

    Even with side airbags, drivers of vehicles with poor IIHS side ratings are 3 times as likely to die in a real-world left-side crash than drivers of vehicles that good ratings.

    Volume 45, Number 13
  • April 15, 2010

    Safety ratings help shape the market

    A safety marketplace has grown up around the world, thanks to the availability of vehicle crashworthiness ratings, which are widely consulted by consumers.

    Volume 45, Number 4 | Special Issue: safety ratings
  • April 15, 2010

    Poll shows drivers prioritize safety

    A new IIHS poll shows safety is an important factor for vehicle buyers, second only to quality and reliability.

    Volume 45, Number 4 | Special Issue: safety ratings
  • February 6, 2010

    Study points at airbag rule problem

    New frontal airbag standards appear to decrease protection of belted occupants, an IIHS study shows.

    Volume 45, Number 1
  • February 6, 2010

    NHTSA examines fatal crash factors

    A federal study suggests the need for improved vehicle designs and advanced restraints, as people continue to die in crashes despite airbags and safety belts.

    Volume 45, Number 1
  • November 18, 2009

    27 Top Safety Pick winners for 2010

    Nineteen cars and eight SUVs qualify for the 2010 Top Safety Pick award. Good roof strength for protection in a rollover crash has been added to the requirements.

    Volume 44, Number 10
  • October 13, 2009

    Crashworthiness then and now

    Crash test of 2009 Chevrolet Malibu with 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air shows just how far vehicle safety has come since the Institute's founding.

    Volume 44, Number 9
  • March 7, 2009

    When bad crashes happen in good vehicles

    Even in a vehicle with good safety ratings, crashes are sometimes deadly. Institute researchers looked at these crashes to figure out what new tests are needed.

    Volume 44, Number 2
  • February 14, 2009

    Large pickups struggle with side tests

    The Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Titan earn poor ratings in the Institute's side crash test, while the Dodge Ram earns a marginal.

    Volume 44, Number 1
  • February 11, 2009

    Three large pickups don't look so tough in side tests

    The Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan are billed as workhorses, but the side crash protection these 2009 model large pickups provide is wimpy, at best. The trio earns either poor or marginal ratings in IIHS side tests. Even with side airbags, occupant protection in these crew-cab pickups is no better than marginal.

  • December 27, 2008

    New small car ratings

    A group of seven 2009 small cars all earn good ratings in the Institute's frontal test, but few perform that well in tests of side and rear protection.

    Volume 43, Number 11
  • November 25, 2008

    Number of TOP SAFETY PICK winners soars

    The number of vehicles earning the annual award has more than doubled, as manufacturers improve front, side and rear crash protection and offer electronic stability control.

    Volume 43, Number 10
  • July 24, 2008

    Side ratings of small pickups disappoint

    The Toyota Tacoma was the only small pickup out of five tested to earn a good rating in the Institute's side crash test.

    Volume 43, Number 6
  • July 24, 2008

    NCAP upgrade doesn't go far enough

    NHTSA is missing a chance to encourage improvement in frontal crash protection by leaving its test essentially unchanged.

    Volume 43, Number 6
  • December 22, 2007

    2008 TOP SAFETY PICK winners

    Thirty-four vehicles earn the Institute's top award for 2008 for good protection in front, side and rear crashes and available electronic stability control.

    Volume 42, Number 11
  • August 4, 2007

    NCAP needs bigger changes

    The Institute supports changes to NCAP but says they should be more far-reaching.

    Volume 42, Number 8
  • June 15, 2007

    NHTSA toughens door latch standard

    The federal government has strengthened the standard on door latches, but the new rule doesn't go far enough.

    Volume 42, Number 7
  • May 31, 2007

    IIHS publishes first convertible ratings

    The Saab 9-3 and Volvo C70 earn the Top Safety Pick award in the Institute's first tests of 10 midsize convertible models.

    Volume 42, Number 6 | Special Issue: crashworthiness of convertibles
  • December 19, 2006

    First crash test results for minicars

    New results for a group of tiny cars popular for their fuel economy finds that only the Nissan Versa earns good ratings in all three tests.

    Volume 41, Number 10
  • November 21, 2006

    13 Top safety Pick winners for 2007

    The Institute has raised the bar for Top Safety Pick, requiring electronic stability control to be offered. The 2007 winners include four cars, seven SUVs and two minivans. 

    Volume 41, Number 9
  • August 10, 2006

    Safer vehicles cause deaths to fall

    The designs of passenger vehicles have been improving for years, becoming more protective of their occupants in crashes. Without these improvements, the motor vehicle death rate per registered vehicle would have stopped declining in 1994 and started going up.

  • April 22, 2006

    Better vehicle designs push down deaths

    New research shows that improved vehicle designs are responsible for the decrease in driver death rates since the mid-1990s.

    Volume 41, Number 4
  • March 30, 2006

    IIHS makes changes to frontal crash test program

    Frontal offset crash tests conducted by IIHS since 1995 have prompted huge improvements in how vehicles protect people in frontal crashes. Now this consumer information program is undergoing a major change that will allow the Institute to focus on other types of crashes.

  • December 17, 2005

    Institute presents 1st Top Safety Picks

    The first ever Top Safety Pick awards make it easier for consumers to shop for the safest vehicles.

    Volume 40, Number 10
  • January 31, 2005

    NHTSA considers new frontal test

    Federal officials are looking for a new frontal test for consumer information. An update to federal safety standards will make the current test redundant.

    Volume 40, Number 2
  • January 31, 2005

    NHTSA rethinks side impact standard

    The Institute welcomes many of the changes NHTSA is proposing to side impact compliance testing but urges it to reconsider some details.

    Volume 40, Number 2
  • August 28, 2004

    NHTSA's test dummies sit too far forward

    For the second time, IIHS is asking NHTSA to change its procedures for seating dummies in crash tests. The current procedures don't match the way real drivers sit.

    Volume 39, Number 8
  • August 28, 2004

    IIHS backs federal offset test standard

    The Institute has submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a proposal to require frontal offset testing.

    Volume 39, Number 8
  • March 6, 2004

    Lighter vehicles aren't as safe

    A NHTSA analysis finds that making all passenger vehicles 100 pounds lighter could cost 1,000 or more lives per year.

    Volume 39, Number 3
  • February 7, 2004

    Tests predict real-world crash outcomes

    Drivers of vehicles with good frontal ratings from the Institute are about 74 percent less likely to die than drivers of vehicles rated poor, a new study shows.

    Volume 39, Number 2
  • February 5, 2004

    Crash tests are good predictors of real-world outcomes

    Drivers of vehicles that earn good ratings in the Institute's 40 mph frontal offset crash test are much less likely to die in serious frontal crashes out on the highways, compared with drivers of vehicles rated poor.

  • January 3, 2004

    Ford F-150 goes from poor to good rating

    The redesigned Ford F-150 pickup earns the highest overall rating in the Institute's high-speed frontal crash test. This represents a dramatic improvement from the 2001 model.

    Volume 39, Number 1
  • June 28, 2003

    More fatal crashes are side impacts

    Fatality rates are going down because of improved front crash protection. At the same time, the growing number of SUVs and pickups on the road has increased risk in side crashes.

    Volume 38, Number 7 | Special Issue: side impact crashworthiness
  • June 17, 2003

    IIHS releases 1st side crash test ratings

    For the first time, IIHS has evaluated vehicles in side impact crash tests to provide consumer information. The best performers among the 12 small SUVs tested are the Subaru Forester and the Ford Escape with optional side airbags. In contrast, seven other small SUVs earned the lowest rating of poor. Two others are marginal, and one is acceptable.

  • June 11, 2003

    Crash tests reflect real-world results

    Drivers of vehicles that earn four stars in a European testing program are 30 percent less likely to be severely injured than drivers of one-star vehicles.

    Volume 38, Number 5
  • June 8, 2002

    New sled will expand testing

    The Vehicle Research Center's new HyperG sled will be used first to compare head restraints and seats for whiplash prevention.

    Volume 37, Number 6
  • February 9, 2002

    Euro NCAP drives vehicle improvements

    Results in the European vehicle testing program have improved since the program began.

    Volume 37, Number 2
  • October 6, 2001

    Institute gets new test sled

    A new crash test sled at the Vehicle Research Center will allow for dynamic testing of head restraints and seats, as well as other testing that doesn't require a whole vehicle.


    Volume 36, Number 9
  • March 20, 2001

    Crashworthiness keeps improving

    Automakers are incorporating the Institute's 40 mph frontal offset test into their designs, and ratings are improving as a result.

    Volume 36, Number 3 | Special Issue: crashworthiness improvements
  • March 20, 2001

    Crash tests can reveal safety defects

    The Institute's crash tests occasionally expose defects or other specific problems, prompting automakers to make midyear fixes or sometimes issue a recall.

    Volume 36, Number 3 | Special Issue: crashworthiness improvements
  • March 20, 2001

    Some vehicles still languish

    Despite paying closer attention to crashworthiness, not all automakers are making fleetwide improvements.

    Volume 36, Number 3 | Special Issue: crashworthiness improvements
  • January 6, 2001

    New side crash test barrier in the works

    The Institute is developing its own side impact test procedures. A prototype barrier is taller than the one used in government tests to represent a typical SUV instead of a car.

    Volume 36, Number 1 | Special Issue: head protection in side impacts
  • April 24, 1999

    Impressive crash test performance for Ford with side airbags that also protect the head

    Volume 34, Number 4 | Special Issue: safety advancements
  • June 6, 1998

    Small pickups' crashworthiness performance is disappointing

    Volume 33, Number 6
  • May 9, 1998

    Automakers focus on vehicle performance in offset crash tests

    Volume 33, Number 5
  • March 7, 1998

    New Sienna and Passat ace offset frontal crash tests predecessors flunked

    Volume 33, Number 2
  • December 27, 1997

    Federal crash studies show severe vehicle damage in fatal side impacts

    Volume 32, Number 10
  • November 20, 1996

    IIHS responds to automaker's criticism

    The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations are based primarily on a vehicle's performance in a frontal offset crash test. In response to the performance of its vehicles in the latest round of tests, one automaker has criticized IIHS, claiming the test doesn't reflect real crashes. However, these criticisms are invalid.