• June 23, 2016

    Small overlap protection for passengers

    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.

    Volume 51, Number 6
  • 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

    Sixty-one models earn 2016 safety awards

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

    Volume 50, Number 10
  • July 30, 2015

    Ford F-150 crew cab aces IIHS 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.

    Volume 50, Number 6
  • May 12, 2015

    Midsize SUVs' ratings are mixed

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

    Volume 50, Number 4
  • 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
  • December 19, 2013

    With tougher criteria, fewer 2014 award winners

    IIHS has raised the bar for its safety awards, requiring a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. Top Safety Pick+ winners also must offer front crash prevention.

    Volume 48, Number 9
  • 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

    Small overlap front test challenges small cars

    The latest small overlap front crash test results reveal a range of performance among top-selling small cars. Six of 12 models tested qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.

    Volume 48, Number 6
  • 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
  • December 20, 2012

    Family cars trump luxury models in new crash test

    Good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test is a requirement for the new Top Safety Pick+ award. Thirteen cars qualify so far.

    Volume 47, Number 10
  • August 14, 2012

    IIHS raises the bar with new crash test

    Only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars tested earn good or acceptable ratings in the Institute’s new small overlap frontal crash test. The test involves 25 percent of a vehicle's front end.

    Volume 47, Number 6
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 29, 2006

    Big change to frontal crash test program

    The Institute has started allowing manufacturers to conduct their own frontal offset tests of redesigned vehicles. The Institute will conduct occasional audit tests.

    Volume 41, Number 3 | Special Issue: frontal crash test verifications
  • 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
  • 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

    First side impact tests

    The Institute has conducted its first evaluations of vehicles for side crash protection. Two out of 12 small SUVs tested earn good ratings.

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