November 7, 2013
More booster seats grab top ratings
Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.
Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds.
A new HLDI study shows the connection between the decline in teen driving and the increase in teen unemployment.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 8
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September 27, 2013
First crash avoidance ratings under new test program: 7 midsize vehicles earn top marks
A new IIHS test program rates front crash prevention systems to help consumers decide which features to consider and encourage automakers to speed adoption of the technology.
Crash tests show how autobrake can mitigate crash severity, damage costs
IIHS conducted two demonstration crash tests at different speeds to show how autobrake can reduce damage even when a crash can't be avoided.
ESC, strong roofs reduce but don't eliminate all rollover injuries
Electronic stability control, strong roofs and other improvements are rapidly cutting rollover injuries. The ones that remain will look different.
Subaru, Volvo dealers report sales boost from good crash test ratings
Dealers of two brands that did well in the Institute's small overlap front crash test say the good ratings brought in customers and boosted sales.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 7
August 8, 2013
Small overlap challenge: New crash test taxes small car restraints, structure
The latest small overlap front crash test results reveal a range of performance among top-selling small cars. Six of 12 models tested qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.
Small overlap front crashes aren't just a U.S. issue, German study finds
Small overlap crashes account for a quarter of frontal crashes of all severities in Germany, a new study of insurance claims indicates.
Ford F-250 has highest theft rate of any 2010-12 model
The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, HLDI reports.
Speed camera enforcement cuts fatality rate 10 percent in France
France's extensive speed camera program has cut crash fatalities in the country, a recent analysis finds.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 6
June 27, 2013
Safety gains aren't global: Some regions lag U.S., Europe, Australia in protecting people in crashes
Car buyers in the U.S. benefit from a safety marketplace where there is a wealth of consumer information. The story is different in developing markets, but some groups are helping them catch up.
The chances of dying in a crash vary across the globe
About 1.2 million people die in road crashes worldwide each year, but the chances of dying in a crash depend on where you live.
Teens delay licenses and drive less often; N.J. teens back restrictions for older novices
Teens today aren't in such a rush to get a driver's license. New research suggests it may be due more to economic reasons than social ones or to avoid graduated licensing.
Download print edition | Volume 48, Number 5
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