December 23, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 11

Safety gains groundMore vehicles earn top honors from IIHS

The winners' circle for 2015 includes 71 vehicles, as manufacturers put state-of-the-art safety on more models.

How vehicles are changing for better small overlap protection

Three main strategies have emerged for improving vehicle structure to better protect occupants in small overlap front crashes.

Laying the groundwork for safety improvements for back-seat occupants

Restraint system changes might make sitting in back even safer, especially for adults.

November 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 10

Minivans with a major flaw3 models have dire small overlap results

Three minivans perform abysmally in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Toyota Sienna earns an acceptable rating, bringing the number of minivans with decent protection to two.

Global NCAP tests show how cars sold in India fall short on safety

Two cars sold in India, Nissan's Datsun Go and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, fall short of minimum safety standards, new crash tests show.

Motorcycle ABS benefits both high-risk and low-risk riders

Antilock brakes can benefit high-risk and low-risk riders, a new HLDI study that categorizes motorcyclists based on auto claims rates shows.

November 6, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 9

Safe seats25 new boosters earn highest IIHS rating

IIHS evaluated 41 new booster models for 2014, and 25 earn the highest rating of BEST BET.

Many kids using safety belts should ride in booster seats

Nine of 10 parents move their children out of a booster seat before they're big enough for safety belts, a Safe Kids survey shows.

Colliding with deer is costly, especially for some vehicles

Some vehicles rack up high insurance losses for hitting deer or other animals. West Virginia leads states in animal-strike claims.

October 24, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 8

Special issue: distracted driving

Eyes on the roadSearching for answers to the problem of distracted driving

A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.

The self-correcting nature of science

IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.

Distraction is more than just cellphones

Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.

Technology that pays attention to the road when drivers don't

Technology that can intervene when drivers aren't paying attention offers a potential solution to the problem of distracted driving.

Bans reduce phone use, but what about crashes?

Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.

October 9, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 7

On guardSafety gear on the back of truck trailers is improving

An IIHS research program aims to spur better rear underride guards to reduce deaths and injuries in large truck crashes. Manufacturers are taking notice and improving designs.

NHTSA signals plan to address deaths in underride crashes

Government regulators have announced plans to consider tougher standards for rear underride guards.

Adaptive headlights help drivers spot objects earlier; glare not excessive

Headlights that swivel in response to steering input help drivers see objects on dark curvy roads earlier, a new IIHS study finds.

In 30 years, adaptive headlights won't be unusual

Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.

July 30, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 6

Range of ratingsSmall car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test

The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among the latest group of 12 small cars subjected to the small overlap front test. Five cars, all 2014 models, earn an acceptable rating and six earn marginal or poor.

Teen crashes fall since the advent of graduated licensing

Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.

Despite risk, states keep raising speed limit

Several states have raised posted limits to as high as 80 mph or extended maximum limits to more roads so far this year.

July 16, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 5

Special issue: vehicles for teens

Safety rides shotgunThe best used vehicles for teen drivers

IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.

Vehicle choice can exacerbate teen drivers' crash risk

Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.

May 29, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 4

Quick workBetter autobrake helps more models earn top ratings for front crash prevention

IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.

Honda warning system trims insurance claims

A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is cutting insurance claims, a HLDI study shows.

Side airbag benefits extend to people in rollover crashes

Side airbags that deploy in rollover crashes reduce deaths of front seat occupants by 41 percent in rollovers, a NHTSA study shows.

Rearview camera rule aims to reduce backover crashes

Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.

April 8, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 3

Structural collapseMidsize SUVs disappoint in small overlap front crash test

Two GM models, the Chevrolet Equinox and its twin, the GMC Terrain, are the only midsize SUVs out of nine tested to earn a good rating in the small overlap front crash test.

What makes LATCH easier to use? Parents reinforce lab findings of key vehicle design features

A new IIHS study confirms that better designs for LATCH anchor setups in vehicles could make parents more likely to use LATCH and use it correctly.

Regulators revive truck recorder rule after legal setback

Regulators have rewritten a proposed requirement for electronic logbooks on commercial vehicles in response to a court decision that had temporarily halted the rulemaking process.

March 13, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 2

Preventing driveway tragediesRear cameras help drivers see behind them

Rear cameras show promise in preventing backover crashes and are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers avoid objects behind them, new IIHS research demonstrates.

Parking sensors help reduce property damage crashes

Buick drivers say they like parking sensors, which help prevent property damage.

Dodge/Jeep and Toyota owners say they like their crash avoidance features

Front crash prevention, adaptive cruise control and other high-tech systems are proving popular among drivers of nonluxury brands.

Don't confuse essential public health research with government spying

IIHS President Adrian Lund responds to the controversy over the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving.

February 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 1

Fit for the roadOlder drivers' crash rates continue to drop

Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows.

Safer vehicles benefit all occupants

Both older and younger passenger vehicle occupants are benefiting from efforts to improve protection in crashes, a recent study confirms.

Minicars fall short for small overlap frontal protection

Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.

Easy-to-spot anchors boost tether use

Parents are more likely to use the top tether when installing a child restraint if the attachment anchor in the vehicle is easy to find, new research from IIHS and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates.