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Newest IIHS Test Stymies Automakers

Passenger-side small overlap test revealing new shortcomings.

by on Jun.24, 2016

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety plans to implement a new version of its small overlap test: a passenger-side iteration.

Just as automakers were making progress on the latest crash tests in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rankings, the organization has developed a new one and automakers look like they’re going to struggle.

The IIHS is mulling the possibility of adding a new front crash test. The new one is similar to one that automakers have already struggled to deal with, the small overlap crash.

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Cars are run into a barrier at 40 miles per hour with all of the impact coming on the driver’s side instead of striking it dead on. The concept is to test a vehicle’s ability to withstand impact with a pole or a tree, instead of a head-on collision with another vehicle or even a wall. (more…)

Best Type of First Cars for Teens: Slow and Safe

IIHS lists suggest bigger, less powerful vehicles are top choices.

by on Oct.09, 2015

Stylish in its day, the 2009 Saab 9-5 is one of the better choices for first-time teenage drivers.

If your teenager’s first car doesn’t make them yawn, it may not be a good choice.

Putting teenagers behind the wheel is scary enough when a parent is in the vehicle with them, but what to choose for their first vehicle not only heightens those fears, but it can also be a source of friction if their wants and a parent’s choice don’t align.

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However, a new list from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that boring and bigger are better when it comes to that first car. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in a variety of price ranges that meet those options. (more…)

Teenagers Driving Old Cars: A Deadly Combination

Older vehicles feature fewer safety technologies and lower crashworthiness.

by on Dec.31, 2014

The 2005 Saab 9-3 is one of the safest and least expensive vehicles for teen drivers, according to IIHS.

The fact that teen drivers die at significantly higher rates than other age groups isn’t a surprise to most; however, one of the reasons may be a bit of a revelation: old cars.

It’s often assumed that teenage fatalities involving vehicles – the top reason for teenage fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is car crashes – can be attributable to a dangerous combination of poor driving habits and a lack of experience behind the wheel.

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However, teenagers also typically drive older vehicles that often lack the safety technologies that could offset some of their inexperience. It’s when that decade-old car or truck gets added to the mix that dangerous can become deadly. (more…)

List of “Safest” Cars Nearly Doubles for 2015

Automakers make big gains despite recall woes, according to IIHS.

by on Dec.23, 2014

The number of vehicles earning one of the top two ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has nearly doubled for 2015.

The number of vehicles earning one of the top two ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has nearly doubled for 2015 despite the industry’s ongoing recall problems.

A total of 71 vehicles have earned either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the insurance industry research arm announced Tuesday, up from just 39 models during 2014. And that’s despite making it tougher to earn the top rating.

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“This is the third year in a row that we are giving automakers a tougher challenge to meet,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund, who stressed that the industry is “greatly improving” its crash protection. (more…)

Three Minivans Flunk Latest Offset Crash Tests

Toyota Sienna only family hauler to get passing grade.

by on Nov.21, 2014

The 2015 Toyota Sienna was the only one of four current model minivans sold in the U.S. that passed the IIHS front offset crash test.

Each day thousands of parents hit the button on their key fob that opens the power sliding door on their family minivan and watch their kids to amble into their seats, knowing that vehicle is among the safest on the road. They are wrong, according to recent crash test results.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently completed small overlap front crashes on four minivans sold in the U.S. – Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town & Country and its twin, Dodge Grand Caravan – and three of the four earned “poor” ratings.

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“Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent protection in small overlap crashes,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. (more…)

Autobrake Systems Earn 8 Models Top Safety Ratings

Collision warning technology showing marked improvement.

by on May.29, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is one of four GM models on the IIHS list, and the only mainstream vehicle.

While autonomous vehicles may still be years away from production, one of the key technologies that will allow vehicles to drive on their own already has begun to find their way into today’s production vehicles, helping eight 2014 models earn top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The group includes seven luxury vehicles and one large mainstream model. Notably, a full half of the vehicles that earned the IIHS Superior rating are built by General Motors, a company that has been struggling to salvage its reputation in the wake of an ignition switch scandal and the recall of nearly 14 million vehicles since January, more than in any single year in its history.

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All eight of the top-rated models share at least one critical technology: forward collision warning with auto-braking. That is a step up from earlier models that could detect a potential crash and warn the driver. The newer systems also can apply the brakes if a driver doesn’t respond quickly enough.


Senior Driver Crash Rates Continue Dropping

IIHS study reveals older drivers’ safety rates improving.

by on Feb.21, 2014

Seniors are less likely to be involved in crashes despite the fact they are driving more often and there are more seniors on the road than ever.

There are two groups of drivers that are perceived as the most dangerous: teenagers and seniors. While teenagers don’t seem to be getting much better as drivers, seniors continue to dispel the notion that they are a problem on the roadways, according to recent data.

Senior drivers – those 70 and older – are less likely to be injured or killed in or even have a car accident than previous generations of drivers, said the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Fatal crash rates among drivers aged 70 and older since 1997 have declined faster than crash rates among middle-age drivers — those aged 35 to 54 — though the pace of the declines appear to be tapering off, IIHS said. (more…)

IIHS Names America’s Safest Cars

Unexpected absences as the list shrinks from 130 vehicles to just 39.

by on Dec.19, 2013

The number of vehicles that qualified for this year's picks fell by more than 75%.

The old adage that “safety doesn’t sell” certainly doesn’t apply today.  It has become just as critical a factor in the buying decision for most American motorists as fuel economy.

So, there could be a lot of attention paid to the latest list of America’s safest cars, at least according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 22 vehicles made the trade group’s most prestigious list, those given a Top Safety Pick+ rating, while another 17 got the still significant Top Safety Pick imprimatur.

There were a number of surprises delivered by the IIHS, however, including the absence of the new Toyota Corolla from the list. Only four products from the Japanese maker – and not a single one of its Lexus models – made this year’s safest cars list.  Indeed, while there were a whopping 130 different models that made the cut for 2013, only a total of 39 are on the list this year.

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On the other hand, there were eight models built by Honda and its luxury Acura brand, more than any other manufacturer.

“We’ve made it more difficult for manufacturers this year,” says Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS, which has been awarding Top Safety Picks since 2006, adding the Top Safety Pick+ category in 2012.


More than Half of New Child Seats Get Top Ranking

IIHS says performance of seats is significantly improved.

by on Nov.11, 2013

The IIHS said that more than half of new child booster seats earned a "Best Bet" rating this year.

It’s not only new cars and trucks that are steadily improving their safety ratings, child booster seats are seeing an impressive level of improvement as well, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

More than half of the seats introduced this year earned the group’s top rating – Best Bet. The “Best Bet” ranking means that they correctly position a four- to eight-year-old child to use the regular shoulder and lap belts in almost any car.

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“Parents should have an easy time finding a top-rated booster seat since there are more this year than ever before,” said Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research, in a statement. (more…)

2014 Toyota Corolla Gets “Marginal” Rating in New IIHS Crash Test

Compact model barely passes offset test; does better in other tests.

by on Oct.04, 2013

The 2014 Toyota Corolla received a "marginal" rating on the IIHS frontal overlap crash test. The test is designed to simulate real-world conditions.

Toyota’s touted new Corolla model received a mere “Marginal” rating in a new crash test designed to reflect real-world conditions, though it fared better in other tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Toyota isn’t alone, however. A number of new models, including a half-dozen other small cars, have had problems passing the IIHS small overlap frontal crash test – which is expected to lead to significant vehicle design changes in the coming years.

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But the poor performance of the 2014 Toyota Corolla redesign could be a problem for the maker’s hopes of maintaining the compact sedan’s dominance in its increasingly competitive segment. (more…)