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2013 Toyota RAV4: What The 'Poor' Small Overlap Rating Means
2013 Toyota RAV4: What The 'Poor' Small Overlap Rating Means

In some kinds of frontal crashes, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 might not provide nearly the level of occupant protection as a Honda CR-V or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results for the RAV4 suggest that although this crossover performs well in other...Read More»

IIHS - frontal crash testing
Crash Tests Go Viral In IIHS' New Video Series

Ever wonder what goes on during car crash tests? In a new eight-part video series produced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), viewers can see footage of actual testing at the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia. The first two videos in the series...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
2014 Subaru Forester Aces IIHS Crash Test; Many Other Small SUVs Don't

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has run a group of 13 small sport-utility vehicles or crossovers through its relatively new small-overlap frontal crash test, and the results aren't pretty. Only the 2014 Subaru Forester earned a top 'good' rating. In fact, it's the best-performing...Read More»

IIHS tests underride guards, aka Mansfield bars
IIHS: Today's "Mansfield Bars" Don't Work So Well (Video)

In the wee hours of June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was being driven to New Orleans in a 1966 Buick Electra. She was sitting up front with her driver and her lover, while her children (including actress-to-be Mariska Hargitay) slept in the back seat. Around 2:30am, Mansfield's car slammed into the...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda6: Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2013 Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda 6 are all among the latest group of new vehicles to get the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) this week. All four managed to earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, as well as in the roof...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic: First Compact To Earn 'Top Safety Pick+'

If you're shopping for a small, economical car and care about safety, we have a new winner: the 2013 Honda Civic. The 2013 Honda Civic (both in Coupe and Sedan form) has become the first compact car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+)...Read More»

Cameras
IIHS: Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety, Reduce Violations

Traffic cameras cause a lot of controversy. Some folks appreciate the way that the mere presence of a camera can make motorists drive more cautiously. Others see them as a scam foisted on the public by for-profit companies, working in cahoots with local police departments. But the Insurance...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord Coupe
Chrysler, Honda, Subaru Among IIHS's 13 Safest Cars Of 2013

Back in December, we told you about the winners (Honda) and losers (Toyota) in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's tougher frontal-crash tests. We also told you about the new IIHS designation, "Top Safety Pick+", which recognizes vehicles that perform especially well in crash tests. Now...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord EX-L
New Frontal Crash Tests: Honda Accord Aces, Toyota Camry Flubs

While you may concede that money can't buy you love, it might seem hard to believe that extra money spent on a luxury vehicle wouldn't be money well spent on keeping your loved ones safe and sound. As some of the latest crash-tests suggest, you might be just as well, or better off, with a...Read More»

Relative claim frequencies by rated driver age, calendar year 2010 (from HLDI)
Aging Boomers Won't Wreck America's Roads: Here's Why

We've all heard about Baby Boomers and how they're hurtling toward retirement. We've also read numerous studies that show older drivers are more accident prone when they get behind the wheel. So, should we fear the thought of this massive generation tumbling into senior-citizendom (joining their...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus
2013 Ford Focus: Five Stars, And One Of The Safest Compact Cars

The 2013 Ford Focus has earned an excellent five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which, when factored together with its Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ranks it soundly in the top tier for U.S...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan just received the Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The criteria for earning the designation include receiving “Good” ratings in offset frontal impact, side impact, side impact dynamic head restraint and...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES: Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just designated four 2013 models as Top Safety Picks. Included are the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan, Subaru XV Crosstrek small wagon, Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV, and the Lexus ES mid-size luxury car. The Top Safety Pick is the IIHS’s...Read More»

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD
Volvo, Acura Models Protect Well In New Crash Test; Many Others Don't

Families who want to choose one of the safest cars on the market have a new and compelling reason to consider the Volvo S60 or Acura TL: Of eleven luxury sedans run in a tough new frontal-impact test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these two are the only models to achieve the...Read More»

Forward collision avoidance study from the Highway Loss Data Institute
Not All Safety Technology Is Created Equal: Video

Google's autonomous cars may be limited to Nevada, and Japan is probably the only country on Earth looking to fast-track self-driving vehicles, but as Ford demonstrated just last week, elements of autonomous technology are coming soon to a vehicle near you. The Highway Loss Data Institute has been...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
Graduated Licenses Can Save Lives, Says IIHS

While fatal crash rates of teen drivers have plunged in recent years, a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows that states can significantly reduce teen fatalities and collision rates by strengthening existing graduated...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C
2012 Toyota Prius C: Best City MPG, And Now A Top Safety Pick

Just a year ago, a Prius was a Prius. But this year, say that iconic hybrid model name and you could be speaking of one of three different body styles or four quite different models—the 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback, the Toyota Prius V wagon, the Toyota Prius Plug-In, or the Toyota Prius C. And...Read More»

Toddler in car seat
IIHS: Rear Seats Make It Tough To Fit Child Seats

If you’re a parent having a hard time getting your child’s car seat installed the right way, it might not be entirely your fault, and you’re not alone. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that the designs of rear seats in vehicles often work...Read More»

2013 Lexus GS 350
2013 Lexus GS 350 Named A Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put the 2013 Lexus GS sedans through its battery of tests, and the completely redesigned Lexus sport-sedan family has emerged with top-notch scores. The GS earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation this year, which means it gets top 'good'...Read More»

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