• January 29, 2015

    Death rates fall as vehicles improve

    Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.

    Volume 50, Number 1
  • November 17, 2011

    Hybrids have lower injury odds

    Hybrids have a safety edge over their conventional twins, new HLDI research shows. The lower injury odds are in large part due to their bigger weight.

    Volume 46, Number 10
  • September 28, 2011

    Vehicle compatibility improves

    Recent changes to SUVs and cars have made crashes involving the two vehicle types less dangerous. Even pickups aren't nearly the danger to people in cars that they were before.

    Volume 46, Number 8
  • June 9, 2011

    SUV death rates fall

    Drivers in all types of vehicles are less likely to be killed in crashes than in the past. The change has been especially dramatic for SUVs.

    Volume 46, Number 5
  • May 20, 2010

    Low-speed vehicles don't belong on roads

    More and more, low-speed vehicles and minitrucks are being allowed on public roads next to larger, faster-moving vehicles. New crash tests show why this is a terrible idea.

    Volume 45, Number 5
  • April 14, 2009

    Mini-vs.-midsize tests show size is key

    A series of tests in which a microcar or minicar was crashed into a midsize vehicle shows the important role that size and weight play in vehicle safety.

    Volume 44, Number 4 | Special Issue: car size, weight and safety
  • April 14, 2009

    Physics dictates crash outcomes

    Principles related to force and distance explain the results of crashes between minicars and midsize cars.

    Volume 44, Number 4 | Special Issue: car size, weight and safety
  • April 14, 2009

    Fuel economy, safety aren't at odds

    Smaller vehicles use less fuel but don't protect as well in crashes. Fortunately, there are ways to improve fuel economy without compromising safety.

    Volume 44, Number 4 | Special Issue: car size, weight and safety
  • March 7, 2009

    Automakers improve crash compatibility

    Fifteen automakers have agreed on the first set of steps to reduce the risks to people in cars struck by larger and heavier SUVs and pickups.

    Volume 44, Number 2
  • December 22, 2007

    Saving fuel without sacrificing safety

    As Congress prepares to raise fuel economy standards, it should be sure to preserve the safety gains of recent years.

    Volume 42, Number 11
  • April 19, 2007

    Death rates vary widely by model

    Some passenger vehicles have much higher driver death rates than others. The average rate for 2004 and equivalent models was 79 per million registered vehicle years.

    Volume 42, Number 4 | Special Issue: driver death rates
  • January 27, 2007

    Improving fuel economy safely

    Reducing vehicle weight but not size could improve fuel economy without sacrificing safety, a new study claims.

    Volume 42, Number 1
  • March 19, 2005

    Driver death rates vary widely by model

    The average driver death rate for 1999-2002 models was 87 per million registered vehicle years. Small cars and small and midsize SUVs tended to have the highest death rates.

    Volume 40, Number 3 | Special Issue: driver death rates
  • October 30, 1999

    Putting the crash compatibility issue in perspective

    Volume 34, Number 9 | Special Issue: vehicle compatibility in crashes
  • February 14, 1998

    Crash compatibility: how vehicle type, weight affect outcomes

    Volume 33, Number 1 | Special Issue: crash compatibility