Bigger, heavier vehicles protect their occupants better.
November 17, 2011
Hybrids have lower injury odds than nonhybrids
The odds of being injured in a crash are 25 percent lower for people in hybrids than people traveling in the nonhybrid versions of the same vehicles, a new HLDI study indicates.
September 28, 2011
Compatibility among vehicle types improves
SUVs and pickups aren't the danger they once were to car occupants in two-vehicle crashes, a new IIHS study shows. Thanks to a voluntary agreement by the industry, the front ends of SUVs and pickups line up better with those of cars.
May 26, 2011
New crash tests: Small cars improve
Small, fuel-efficient cars have made big strides on safety. Six of 13 small cars recently tested by IIHS earn Top Safety Pick awards, and none got a poor rating in any of four tests. The new tests include some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles available in the U.S.
December 1, 2009
IIHS backs fuel economy plan
IIHS supports government efforts to increase fuel efficiency through a vehicle attribute-based system that takes safety into account.
April 14, 2009
Crash tests show how vehicle size, weight affect safety
Three crash tests, each involving a microcar or minicar into a midsize model from the same manufacturer, show how extra vehicle size and weight enhance occupant protection in collisions. The physics of crashes dictates that very small cars generally can't protect people in crashes as well as bigger, heavier models.
February 10, 1998
Study examines effect of vehicle weight on death rate
As bigger and heavier SUVs get ever more popular, is incompatibility between vehicles in crashes becoming a big safety problem on U.S. roads? A comprehensive new study addresses this issue. The study focuses on fatal crashes involving 1990-95 model cars, pickups, and SUVs.
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