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Headlights improve, but base models lag

Just over half of 2018 model vehicles have headlights that adequately light up the road at night and limit glare, but most good-rated headlights are optional.

November 29, 2018

GM autobrake cuts front-to-rear crashes

An IIHS study of General Motors vehicles with optional front crash prevention systems adds to the evidence that forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking prevent crashes.

November 13, 2018

Ram 1500 improves in IIHS tests

The redesigned Ram 1500 crew cab offers improved crash protection, earning good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests. It's available with an optional front crash prevention that earns a superior rating.

November 8, 2018

Updated teen vehicle recommendations

A pair of IIHS crash tests shows why teen drivers should be steered away from minicars and small cars. Updated used vehicle recommendations help families find alternatives.

November 1, 2018

States with legal pot see higher crashes

Crashes are up as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with neighboring states that haven't legalized recreational marijuana, new research shows.

October 18, 2018

Kia Rio earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The minicar earns the highest award from IIHS when equipped with front crash prevention and newly available good-rated headlights.

October 5, 2018

Redesigned Toyota Corolla earns Top Safety Pick

The small hatchback qualifies for the 2018 award when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights.

October 2, 2018

Volvo picks up 2 new awards

The 2018 S90, a large luxury car, and the 2019 XC90, a midsize luxury SUV, are the latest models to earn the Top Safety Pick award.

September 28, 2018

Eight trailer makers earn underride protection award

Seven years after IIHS found serious shortcomings in the rear underride guards of most semitrailers, the eight largest North American manufacturers are now making rear guards capable of preventing deadly underride in a range of scenarios.

September 27, 2018

Redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe is a Top Safety Pick+

The midsize SUV earns good crashworthiness ratings across the board and has a superior-rated, standard front crash prevention system and available good-rated headlights. The Hyundai Accent, a minicar, earns the Top Safety Pick award, thanks to new acceptable-rated headlights.

September 20, 2018

New Subaru SUV gets top honors

The 2019 Ascent is the seventh Subaru vehicle to qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

September 18, 2018

Parents use tech to control teens' driving

A new IIHS survey shows Ford’s MyKey system, which allows parents to control things like top vehicle speed when their teenagers are driving, is catching on. However, more than a third of respondents said they didn't know their vehicle was equipped with the system.

September 13, 2018

Better head restraints help BMW X2 earn award

BMW has improved the head restraints on the 2018 X2, a small SUV. X2s built after July and equipped with optional front crash prevention earn Top Safety Pick.

September 11, 2018

Nissan picks up 2 more awards

The all-new Nissan Kicks and the Nissan Sentra qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick accolade when equipped with particular features, bringing the number of 2018 award winners from the automaker to five.

September 10, 2018

Drivers brake for lower speed limit

A 5 mph drop in the speed limit makes city streets safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists alike. A look at Boston's experience.

August 28, 2018

Improved headlights help Hyundai Kona earn top award

The 2018 Hyundai Kona, a small SUV, earns a good rating for occupant protection in a passenger-side small overlap front crash, and when equipped with newly available good-rated headlights, qualifies for the top award from IIHS.

August 24, 2018

Two 2019 Honda models earn top award

The 2019 Honda Insight, a small car, and the 2019 Honda Pilot, a midsize SUV, earn the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award.

August 21, 2018

Mixed results for minivans in new test

The Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey outperform the Toyota Sienna in the passenger-side small overlap front test. LATCH ratings for these family haulers are mixed too.

August 16, 2018

2019 Acura RDX earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned midsize luxury SUV qualifies for the highest award from IIHS, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings, standard front crash prevention that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights.

August 9, 2018

Tests uncover issues for advanced features

On-road and track tests of adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping show performance can be inconsistent in typical driving situations.

August 7, 2018

Toyota Avalon earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The redesigned large car qualifies for the highest award from IIHS when equipped with good-rated headlights.

July 26, 2018

Mazda 6 earns 2018 Top Safety Pick award

The 2018 Mazda 6 comes with standard front crash prevention and qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights.

July 25, 2018

Safety groups release red light camera guidelines

AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Safety Council have collaborated on a checklist that provides practical instructions for planning, implementing and evaluating red light camera programs.

July 24, 2018

New BMW SUV falls short on head restraints

The 2018 BMW X2 earns the highest rating in all IIHS crashworthiness tests except one that evaluates how well the seat and head restraint protect against whiplash in a rear crash.

July 23, 2018

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class earns top award

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class moves up a step in the IIHS awards after earning a good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test and getting improvements to its top-line headlights.

July 20, 2018

New Toyota SUV earns good ratings

The 2018 Toyota C-HR earns good ratings in all six of the IIHS crashworthiness tests and comes with standard superior-rated front crash prevention. However, a poor headlight rating keeps the SUV from earning a safety award.

July 19, 2018

Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent improve in small overlap test

The redesigned minicars earn a good rating in the driver-side small overlap front test — a marked improvement over the previous generation of each of these vehicles.

July 3, 2018

Hyundai Kona earns good ratings in 5 tests

The new small SUV is available with superior front crash prevention but misses out on an award because of poor headlights.

June 28, 2018

Bike helmet ratings reveal differences in protection

New evaluations based on a collaboration between IIHS and Virginia Tech help cyclists find the safest helmets.

June 26, 2018

Kia Niro earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Niro, a small, hybrid wagon, qualifies for the highest award from IIHS when equipped with optional front crash prevention and high-intensity discharge headlights.

June 15, 2018

Passenger-side tests of midsize SUVs reveal flaws

Structural collapse, an airbag nondeployment and hard hits to the dummy’s head are some of the big problems revealed by recent crash tests of midsize SUVs. Still, 6 of the 8 vehicles earn a good or acceptable rating for passenger-side small overlap front protection.

June 12, 2018

Mini Hardtop 2 Door earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 model earns the award from IIHS when equipped with front crash prevention and newly available acceptable-rated headlights.

June 7, 2018

IIHS-HLDI launches site for science teachers, students

A new educational website applies physics and biology concepts to the real world of cars and car crashes.

June 5, 2018

Study examines rising pedestrian deaths

Pedestrian deaths have jumped 46 percent since 2009. The increase has been mostly in cities and suburbs, away from intersections, on arterial roads and in the dark.

May 8, 2018

Lexus RC earns highest award

The large luxury car qualifies for the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to good crashworthiness ratings across the board; standard, superior-rated front crash prevention; and base headlights that earn a good rating.

April 24, 2018

Road to Zero Coalition releases roadmap

IIHS and HLDI are among the more than 650 organizations that collaborated on a comprehensive plan to eliminate road deaths by 2050.

April 19, 2018

Redesigned BMW X3 picks up top accolade

The redesigned BMW X3, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

April 17, 2018

Kia Sedona earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2018 Kia Sedona minivan qualifies for the Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

April 10, 2018

New passenger-side ratings for 7 small SUVs

Five small SUVs earn good ratings from IIHS for occupant protection in a passenger-side small overlap front crash. One is rated marginal, and one is rated poor.

April 4, 2018

All-offender alcohol interlock laws save lives

Laws requiring all impaired-driving offenders to install alcohol interlocks reduce the number of impaired drivers in fatal crashes by 16 percent, a new IIHS study shows. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year.

March 29, 2018

Kia Optima earns 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award

The midsize car qualifies for the highest award from IIHS after it was modified to achieve good protection in passenger-side small overlap front crashes.

March 15, 2018

New ratings target backing crashes

Two rear autobrake systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced in the first IIHS evaluations of rear crash prevention systems.

February 22, 2018

IIHS addresses safety of aftermarket parts

The Institute recently shared an advisory on aftermarket repair parts with its member companies as part of periodic updates on topics of particular interest to insurers.

February 15, 2018

Driver reactions to automated systems vary

A new study of how drivers react to automated systems suggests they are most comfortable with those that make smooth, gradual movements and are wary of using the features in the most challenging driving conditions.

February 14, 2018

Hyundai Elantra earns 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award

The Hyundai Elantra qualifies for the highest award from IIHS after earning an acceptable rating in the new passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The small car now qualifies for Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

February 8, 2018

Nationwide's Windsor elected IIHS chairman

IIHS is pleased to announce the election of William L. Windsor Jr. as chairman of its Board of Directors. Windsor is associate vice president, Office of Consumer Safety, Nationwide Insurance.

January 24, 2018

Amica's Petrarca elected HLDI chairman

HLDI is pleased to announce the election of Michael Petrarca as chairman of its Board of Directors. Petrarca is senior assistant vice president, Amica Mutual Insurance.

January 24, 2018

Nissan Titan improves in small overlap test

Nissan modified the front-end structure of the Titan crew cab to improve driver protection in the small overlap test. It's the fourth large pickup to earn a good rating in the test.

January 16, 2018

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