November 29, 2018|Volume 53, Number 8

Cover story

Night vision Headlights improve, but base models leave drivers in the dark

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.

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November 1, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 7

No small decisionIIHS used car lists help families choose safer, larger vehicles

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.

Retrofit collision warning system gives older vehicles a safety boost

An aftermarket collision warning system encourages safer driving habits to help fight distraction and fatigue, a new IIHS study shows.

October 18, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 6

Legal potCrashes are up in states with retail sales

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.

Cannabis users who drive with children don’t always view it as a safety risk

Research suggests some drivers don't view using marijuana as risky for driving as alcohol. Those attitudes extend to cannabis users who drive with children.

August 16, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 5

Family matters2 of 3 minivans earn acceptable or good rating in passenger-side 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.

Risk of noncrash fires drops after recalls

A study of noncrash fires shows that recalls reduce the risk. Still, elevated claim rates persist even after recall campaigns, probably because some vehicles are never repaired.