Bigger, heavier vehicles protect their occupants better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Physics dictates crash outcomes
Principles related to force and distance explain the results of crashes between minicars and midsize cars.
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.
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.
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.
January 27, 2007
Improving fuel economy safely
Reducing vehicle weight but not size could improve fuel economy without sacrificing safety, a new study claims.
October 30, 1999
Putting the crash compatibility issue in perspective
February 14, 1998
Crash compatibility: how vehicle type, weight affect outcomes
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