A good structure, safety belts and airbags can reduce crash injuries.
February 1, 2017
Two electric cars miss IIHS awards
The Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 fall short of meeting IIHS awards criteria, but two plug-in hybrids earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award.
December 8, 2016
82 winners for 2017
Thirty-eight models earn Top Safety Pick+, the Institute's award for optimal crash protection and crash avoidance. Another 44 earn Top Safety Pick, which doesn't take headlights into account.
November 10, 2016
Humans, not robots, still hold the wheel
Self-driving vehicles are coming, but they won't supplant human drivers for decades to come. Automation can reduce crashes, but so can focusing on tried-and-true countermeasures.
In push for autonomy, NHTSA eyes safety
U.S. regulators plan to use their recall authority if issues arise with highly automated vehicles and may seek the power to approve these vehicles before they come to market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategies for small overlap protection
Three main strategies have emerged for improving vehicle structure to better protect occupants in small overlap front crashes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poll shows drivers prioritize safety
A new IIHS poll shows safety is an important factor for vehicle buyers, second only to quality and reliability.
February 6, 2010
Study points at airbag rule problem
New frontal airbag standards appear to decrease protection of belted occupants, an IIHS study shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 4, 2007
NCAP needs bigger changes
The Institute supports changes to NCAP but says they should be more far-reaching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2002
Euro NCAP drives vehicle improvements
Results in the European vehicle testing program have improved since the program began.
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.
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.
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.
Some vehicles still languish
Despite paying closer attention to crashworthiness, not all automakers are making fleetwide 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.
February 19, 2000
Cosmetic parts don't affect safety
The Institute crash-tested a Toyota Camry with its front-end cosmetic parts removed. The car performed just as well as an intact Camry.
Earlier tests without cosmetic parts
Crash tests of a 1987 Ford Escort and 1995 Vauxhall Astra without cosmetic parts yielded similar results to the recent Toyota Camry test.
Hoods may affect safety
Hoods are the one type of cosmetic replacement part that could affect safety. However, there isn't much evidence that they are inferior to original-equipment hoods.
April 24, 1999
Impressive crash test performance for Ford with side airbags that also protect the head
June 6, 1998
Small pickups' crashworthiness performance is disappointing
May 9, 1998
Automakers focus on vehicle performance in offset crash tests
March 7, 1998
New Sienna and Passat ace offset frontal crash tests predecessors flunked
December 27, 1997
Federal crash studies show severe vehicle damage in fatal side impacts
November 9, 1996
NHTSA's new budget includes funds for side impact testing and direction to harmonize with European test
September 28, 1996
Side impact protection standards in United States and Europe go in different directions
December 2, 1995
Crashworthiness evaluations of popular midsize four-door cars
Two new NHTSA standards, one to protect people's heads and the other to extend latch standards to rear doors
August 12, 1995
European Union moves ahead on frontal and side impact standards with dynamic testing
Dynamic side impact requirements for cars are extended to other kinds of passenger vehicles
January 14, 1995
New Car Assessment Program needs a lot more than tinkering
NCAP's star rating system oversimplifies complex information
NHTSA's fiscal 1995 budget calls for ax to fall on NCAP but not all Intelligent Transportation Systems
June 25, 1994
Offset crash testing into a deformable barrier captures researchers' interest at international conference
Various kinds of offset tests are conducted and analyzed at the Institute's Vehicle Research Center
NCAP's future could include new tests and, the Institute tells NHTSA, should include a revised rating syslem
January 16, 1993
Why the VRC exists
December 19, 1992
Cars more crashworthy -- crash tests play key role in improvement
Crash tests: what's required?
Car companies take crash testing beyond -- in some cases well beyond -- what's required
Offset crash tests, deformable barriers considered in Europe
Tests supply shoppers with comparative car safety information
Crash test dummy development -- front and side impact dummies of the present, future
August 1, 1992
Side impact dummy alternatives debated by NHTSA, automakers, others
Stick to one dummy for NCAP tests, Institute advises to NHTSA
April 18, 1992
Recap of NCAP in its 15th year of testing
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