Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Lane departure and blind spot warnings keep drivers safe, says IIHS
Lane departure and blind spot warnings keep drivers safe, says IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published data from a new report showing that lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems help keep drivers safe on the road. That's not an especially bold or surprising statement--in fact, it's probably the opposite. But the study is...Read More»

U.S. auto fatality stats and projections (IIHS, May 2017)
The economy's on a roll--and so are highway fatalities

The U.S. economy has come a long way over the past decade, from the highs of the housing bubble to the lows of the Great Recession and slowly, surely back again. The good news is, America's financial health continues to improve (even though some have begun sounding alarms about another potential...Read More»

IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching)

One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming to a stop. The story made headlines for months because Brown may not have been...Read More»

Teen driver
IIHS names the best used cars under $20,000 (and under $10,000) for your teen

If you don't have a teen living under your roof, you might not have noticed, but 'tis the season for buying cars for young drivers. Whether they're looking for a gift to suit a high school grad (good luck with that, BTW) or something to send off a college-bound kid, parents across the country are...Read More»

2016 Kia Sedona
2017 Kia Sedona minivan earns Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

In the market for a minivan? If so, may we suggest you turn your attention to the 2017 Kia Sedona? It's been rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn that coveted ranking, the Sedona had to perform well in six separate IIHS crash tests. Four of those have been...Read More»

2016 Subaru Forester
Honda HR-V, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Rogue, and other small SUVs have poor headlights, says IIHS

When most people go shopping for a new car, they go with a list of criteria--features that they absolutely must have in their new ride. These are typically things like good fuel economy, high-tech safety features, intuitive infotainment systems, and, according to some people, cup holders. One item...Read More»

2015 Toyota RAV4, IIHS small front overlap crash test
Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 protect passengers very differently in new IIHS tests: video [UPDATED]

Updated with a statement from Toyota. See below. Back in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added a new challenge for automakers: the small front overlap test. As you might guess from the name, it was designed to evaluate how well cars protected occupants when vehicles collided with...Read More»

Audi adaptive cruise control with Audi braking guard
Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes, Tesla, Toyota, And Others Agree: Automated Braking Should Be Standard

Of all the autonomous car features headed our way, automatic emergency braking, or AEB, is perhaps the one that has safety regulators -- and consumers -- most excited. AEB consists of sensors and software that warn drivers of approaching obstacles and apply the brakes automatically, if necessary --...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: IIHS Gives Aluminum Body Mixed Crash Test Scores & Says It's 26% Pricier To Repair

This morning, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released crash test scores for the new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Among the results, there's good news and bad news for fans of America's best-loved vehicle. First, the good news: IIHS says that the F-150's new aluminum body...Read More»

Toyota & Teen Vogue's 'Arrive in Style' campaign
Teen Drivers & Older Cars: A Deadly Mix

We're still in the middle of holiday season, but parent of teenagers are already thinking ahead to spring -- specifically, to graduation and their kids' inevitable request for a car. READ: As More States Get Legal Pot, Americans Hazy On Drugged Driving If you're in that number, take note: the...Read More»

2015 Infiniti Q70
Infiniti Q70 Earns Top Safety Pick+ Status, But BMW 5-Series, Lincoln MKS Flub Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results from its latest round of crash tests. This time, three large luxury cars undertook the IIHS' newest and most difficult test, the small overlap front crash, and their scores run the gamut from awful to awesome. ALSO SEE: 10 Cars...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers

Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of...Read More»

KidsandCars preventing backovers
Study: Rearview Cameras Better At Detecting Objects Than Parking Sensors

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act (PDF), which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with devices to enhance rear visibility. According to the terms of the bill, the Department of Transportation had until...Read More»

2013 Honda Fit - IIHS small-overlap front crash test
Minicars Cars Are Mega-Hot, But Only One Passes Tougher IIHS Crash Test

Minicars are big business nowadays. That's often because they earn good gas mileage -- nothing to sneeze at, given today's increasingly higher fuel prices. They're also easy to maneuver and park, which is a nice bonus for urban dwellers. What most minicars don't do well, however, is protect their...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»

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 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 Mazda CX-5 crossover
2013 Mazda CX-5 Is Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just named the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover a Top Safety Pick. An all-new model for 2013, the CX-5 won the top ratings across the board in the Institute’s safety evaluations, which include front, side, rollover and rear crash tests...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan
2012 Nissan Versa Sedan Earns Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just named the all-new 2012 Nissan Versa sedan a Top Safety Pick. Completely redesigned for 2012, the Versa sedan won the top ratings across the board in the Institute’s safety evaluations, which include front, side, rollover and rear crash...Read More»

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