February 21, 2019|Volume 54, Number 2

Cover story

Safe passage New ratings address pedestrian crashes

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


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January 24, 2019 |Volume 54, Number 1

Distracted drivingCellphone manipulations up 57 percent over prior survey

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

Talking not texting accounts for most phone use, drivers say

Drivers say they use their smartphones more often for calls behind the wheel than for texting, email or checking social media.

Modest use for iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' blocker

Few drivers use the automatic settings for the iPhone's "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature.

December 19, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 9

Challenge accepted57 models clinch 2019 IIHS safety awards

Thirty models earn Top Safety Pick+, thanks to good passenger-side protection and good headlights. Another 27 qualify for Top Safety Pick without the "plus."

Early, gentle input may make lane departure prevention more accepted

Researchers looked at lane departure prevention systems from four manufacturers to see why some are used more readily than others.

IIHS prepares to test pedestrian detection systems

A new ratings program will look at how well vehicles detect and brake for pedestrians.

November 29, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 8

Night visionHeadlights 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.

NHTSA opens door to adaptive-driving-beam headlights

More advanced headlights could be on the way under a proposed change to federal safety standards.

Minor crashes can result in big headlight repair bills

Low-profile hoods and bumpers look sleek but leave headlights vulnerable to damage in fender-benders. One headlight often costs more than $1,000 to replace.