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News from the Institutes: 2013


IIHS safety awards for 2014 go to 39 vehicles

Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn Top Safety Pick by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.

December 19, 2013

More booster seats grab top ratings

Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.

November 7, 2013

Volvo XC90 earns Institute's top safety award

The 2014 Volvo XC90 earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the Institute's small overlap front crash test and other evaluations. The XC90 is the third Volvo model to earn this accolade since the Institute began testing for small overlap protection in 2012.

November 6, 2013

Subaru adds to its list of Top Safety Pick+ winners

The 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek are the latest models to be added to the list of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Structural changes improved occupant protection in 2014 models, and the vehicles earned good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests.

November 5, 2013

Vehicle vandalism peaks on Halloween

Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds. Other holidays with high vandalism claim numbers are July Fourth and New Year's Day, while Thanksgiving and Christmas have below-average claim numbers.

October 30, 2013

HLDI: Teen driving drop tracks with jobless rate

A recent drop in teen driving likely comes down to simple economics. A new HLDI study shows that the decline in teen driving coincided with the economic slowdown, and the shortage of work has disproportionately affected teenage job seekers.

October 24, 2013

Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award after a structural change helped it earn a good rating in the challenging small overlap front test.

October 8, 2013

Toyota Corolla rates marginal in small overlap test

The 2014 Toyota Corolla earns a marginal rating for occupant protection in the Institute's challenging small overlap front crash test. Poor structural performance and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the Corolla from earning a higher rating.

October 3, 2013

IIHS launches front crash prevention ratings

Seven midsize vehicles earn top marks under the new test program, which aims to help consumers decide which systems to consider. The ratings program is based on research by HLDI showing that forward collision warning and autobrake systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.

September 27, 2013

Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan earns the Institute's top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. The Odyssey is the first minivan IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap test.

August 29, 2013

6 of 12 small cars earn Top Safety Pick+

The latest small overlap front crash test results from the Institute reveal a range of performance among many of the best-selling small cars in the U.S. Of the 12 models evaluated, half earn a good or acceptable rating and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

August 8, 2013

Redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, a small SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear crash evaluations.

August 1, 2013

Toyota RAV4 earns poor rating in new crash test

The Toyota RAV4 earns a poor rating for protecting people in small overlap front crashes. The small SUV was redesigned for the 2013 model year, but the changes weren't enough to lift the RAV4's performance in the Institute's challenging test. A combination of poor structure and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the RAV4 from earning a better rating.

July 11, 2013

Ford F-250 replaces luxury SUV as favorite theft target

The Ford F-250 pickup has the highest rate of insurance claims for theft of any 2010-12 vehicle, replacing the Cadillac Escalade at the top of the list. The Escalade is now at No. 6 on HLDI's list of vehicles with high theft rates.

July 9, 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.

June 27, 2013

IIHS petitions for ABS on all motorcycles

With more data confirming the safety value of antilock brakes on motorcycles, IIHS and HLDI have formally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require the technology on all models.

June 6, 2013

Injury claims balloon after Michigan weakens helmet law

The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year. This finding by HLDI is consistent with previous studies that show that rescinding helmet requirements results in more fatalities and hospital admissions.

May 30, 2013

Redesigned Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test

The 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earns acceptable in the test, are the latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute's recently inaugurated top honor, Top Safety Pick+. Other tested small SUVs earn poor or marginal ratings for small overlap.

May 16, 2013

Toyota RAV4 earns Top Safety Pick

The small SUV earns the Institute's award for good performance in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear evaluations following improvements to its roof structure.

April 30, 2013

D.C. residents say they like red light, speed cameras

Red light cameras and speed cameras are perpetual targets of critics who deem them widely unpopular and unfair. Ask people who live in areas with long-standing automated enforcement programs their view of cameras and a different picture emerges. A new IIHS survey shows a large majority of people who live in Washington, D.C., favor camera enforcement.

April 25, 2013

Volvo City Safety is reducing crashes

Volvo's low-speed crash avoidance system is helping drivers avoid fender-benders and minor injuries on congested roads.

April 25, 2013

Truck underride guards leave car occupants at risk

Modern semitrailers for the most part do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath when they crash into the backs of trucks. But the trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, new IIHS tests show.

March 14, 2013

Five vehicles earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The Honda Civic 2-door and 4-door, the Volvo XC60, the Lincoln MKZ and the 2014 Mazda 6 are the latest vehicles to earn the Top Safety Pick+ designation. The award recognizes vehicles that do well in IIHS crash tests, including the new small overlap test.

March 7, 2013

2014 Subaru Forester earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester is a Top Safety Pick. Just like the previous generation of the small SUV, the Forester earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests.

March 5, 2013

Study yields more evidence that red light cameras work

A new study of red light cameras in Arlington, Va., shows that cameras reduce red light violations, with particularly large decreases for violations that occur at least 1½ seconds after the light turned red.

January 24, 2013

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