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Pickups struggle with passenger-side test

The majority of pickups recently put through the passenger-side small overlap front test had trouble maintaining their structure, but two trucks — the Ford F-150 and the Nissan Titan — earn a good rating.

March 21, 2019

Audi A6 and Q8 earn safety awards

The Audi A6, a large luxury car, earns a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, and the Audi Q8, a new large SUV, earns the Top Safety Pick award. The vehicles qualify for the honors when equipped with specific headlights.

March 18, 2019

Two Volvo SUVs earn safety awards

The Volvo XC40 and XC60 earn the awards when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights. The XC40's optional headlights perform better in IIHS tests, so the small SUV earns a higher award.

March 14, 2019

Automakers report progress on standard AEB

Ten automakers report equipping more than half of the vehicles they produced between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018, with automatic emergency braking.

March 13, 2019

Honda HR-V earns 2019 safety award

The small SUV offers improved protection in small overlap front crashes. It qualifies for Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional front crash prevention and acceptable-rated headlights.

March 7, 2019

New ratings address pedestrian crashes

The latest crash avoidance evaluation from IIHS focuses on systems that can detect and brake for people on foot.

February 21, 2019

State Farm’s Sparks elected IIHS chairman

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is pleased to announce the election of Angela Sparks as the 2019 chair of its Board of Directors. Sparks is vice president and actuary, State Farm Insurance Companies.

February 8, 2019

Auto Club Group’s Ptasznik elected HLDI chairman

The Highway Loss Data Institute is pleased to announce the election of Anthony E. Ptasznik as chair of its Board of Directors. Ptasznik is vice president and ACIA chief actuarial officer, The Auto Club Group.

February 8, 2019

Drivers more likely to fiddle with phones

Manipulating a cellphone was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths in 2017, IIHS estimates in a new study.

January 24, 2019

HLDI finds clues about cause of Hyundai/Kia fires

A high number of complaints about certain Hyundai and Kia models bursting into flames has prompted a recall campaign. Analysis by HLDI suggests that the companies are correctly targeting vehicles with small and/or turbocharged engines.

January 22, 2019

Lincoln Continental earns highest award

The Lincoln Continental earns the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional good-rated headlights.

January 11, 2019

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