December 8, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 10

In the best light2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners meet new headlight criteria

Thirty-eight models earn Top Safety Pick+, the Institute's award for optimal crash protection and crash avoidance. Another 44 earn Top Safety Pick, which doesn't take headlights into account.

IIHS tweaks headlight rating system

IIHS has adjusted the way it accounts for glare in its headlight evaluations.

Drivers say alcohol is bigger threat than pot

More drivers are concerned about people using marijuana and getting behind the wheel in states where the drug is legal than elsewhere.

Safety defects and long hours contribute to large truck crashes

Serious truck defects triple the risk of a crash. Long hours behind the wheel are another major factor.

November 17, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 9

Designs that clickBooster manufacturers have mastered good belt fit

The vast majority of new booster seats earn the top rating of BEST BET from IIHS, but bad designs continue to slip through.

No IIHS rating for the Mifold belt-positioning device

The Mifold Grab-and-Go Booster is a highly portable belt-positioning device, but isn't really a booster.

Warning systems neither curb driver distraction nor worsen it

Drivers who receive crash avoidance warnings aren't any more likely to pay attention to the road than drivers who don’t, an IIHS study shows. They aren't any less likely either.

Rearview cameras reduce police-reported backing crashes

An IIHS study of police-reported backing collisions shows that rearview cameras cut such crashes by 16 percent. Older drivers benefit the most.

November 10, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 8

Special issue: autonomous vehicles

Driver seatRobot cars won't retire crash-test dummies anytime soon

Self-driving vehicles are coming, but they won't supplant human drivers for decades to come. Automation can reduce crashes, but so can focusing on tried-and-true countermeasures.

IIHS-HLDI test drives uncover driver assistance system quirks

IIHS-HLDI staff have been taking vehicles outfitted with automated technologies on test drives. Turns out, even experts sometimes mistrust advanced features.

NHTSA says safety won't take back seat to autonomy

U.S. regulators plan to use their recall authority if issues arise with highly automated vehicles and may seek the power to approve these vehicles before they come to market.

September 1, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 7

LATCH ratings improveAutomakers make strides on child restraint installation hardware

Most of the current models evaluated for ease of use of child restraint hardware rate good or acceptable. Three models earn a good+ rating.

Head injuries rise as riders ditch helmets in Michigan

Trauma centers in Michigan are seeing more head injuries after the state rolled back its helmet law, new research shows.

Drivers who drift from lane and crash often dozing or ill

Drivers who crash as a result of drifting out of their lanes often are asleep, suffering a medical emergency, or blacked out due to drug or alcohol use.

Life-saving benefits of ESC continue to accrue

Electronic stability control saved an estimated 4,100 lives in 2010-14, an updated federal analysis has found.

June 23, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 6

Small overlap gapVehicles with good driver protection may leave passengers at risk

Vehicles that provide good protection for drivers in small overlap crashes don’t always offer the same protection to front-seat passengers, a new IIHS study shows.

Average speeds increase after Utah raises limit to 80 mph

A study of speed limit increases in Utah adds to the evidence that raising limits leads to higher travel speeds and more people exceeding the new limit.

May 24, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 5

Flexing muscleSports car ratings show range of performance

IIHS evaluates the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, and none meets the standards for Top Safety Pick.

Vehicles are packing more horsepower, and that pushes up travel speeds

High-horsepower vehicles are more likely to exceed the speed limit and have higher mean speeds than more sedate engines, IIHS researchers have found.

Interlocks cut alcohol-related crash deaths

Laws requiring alcohol interlocks for all drivers convicted of DUI have cut alcohol-involved crash deaths by 15 percent, a University of Pennsylvania study has found.

India is latest to require motorcycle ABS; U.S. lags behind

A growing number of countries are requiring antilock braking systems on motorcycles. The U.S. is absent from the list, despite clear evidence that it cuts crashes.

April 12, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 4

Tough test for pickupsFord F-150 nabs lone good rating for small overlap protection

Some 2016 model large pickups aren't as tough as they look when it comes to performance in a small overlap front crash.

Automakers compete to add standard autobrake ahead of schedule

Manufacturers who pledged to make autobrake standard by 2022 are now vying to get the crash avoidance technology into their models ahead of their competitors.

Speed limit increases cause 33,000 deaths in 20 years

Two decades of speed limit increases have nearly canceled out the safety gains from frontal airbags.

March 30, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 3

In the darkNew ratings show most headlights need improvement

The first IIHS headlight evaluations find only one midsize car with a good system available.

Few drivers use their high beams, study finds

Observations in Michigan show that most drivers don't turn on their high beams when they should, even on the darkest roads.

Changes coming to federal 5-star safety ratings program

Among the changes outlined in a sweeping proposal are a new oblique frontal crash test and ratings for crash avoidance and pedestrian protection.

February 26, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 2

Long haulMandate for electronic logging devices is finally on the books

A historic mandate for electronic logs is bringing trucker work-rule compliance into the 21st century. The change comes more than 29 years after IIHS first petitioned for it.

Front crash prevention may be required for large trucks

Large trucks could get a major safety upgrade if the U.S. mandates front crash prevention systems on big rigs.

U.S. can do better than simply adopt Canada's rear underride guard standard

A proposed upgrade to rear underride guard rules for tractor-trailers is a step in the right direction, but the changes should go further.

January 28, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 1

Crashes avoidedFront crash prevention slashes police-reported rear-end crashes

Both autobrake and forward collision warning are helping drivers avoid a pitfall of driving on congested roads, an IIHS study shows.

Front crash prevention goes by many names

Manufacturers often use their own terms for common features.

Drivers of all ages benefit from Honda crash avoidance features

Optional technology on the Honda Accord is preventing crashes for drivers of all ages, with drivers under 25 seeing the biggest benefit, new HLDI analyses show.

Most Honda owners turn off lane departure warning

Forward collision warning is much more likely than lane departure warning to be turned on in Hondas with both features.

Teens get back in driver's seat as economy picks up

More teenagers are insured to drive than a few years ago. The increase comes as teenage unemployment has fallen.