• President Apr 26, 2019

    Rear Seats of Cars Need Better Safety Equipment, Study Finds

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says in a new report that safer restraint systems are needed for the back seats of cars. The study finds that rear-seat safety has not kept pace with front-seat safety and it has been to the detriment of belted passengers in the back seat. The study looked at 117 front crashes that resulted in...

  • spokesperson Mar 21, 2019

    Some Popular Pickup Trucks Get Poor Marks in Latest Crash Tests

    New crash tests show pickups with some of the oldest designs could struggle to protect passengers riding in the front seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested 11 mid-size and full-size pickups and found mixed results. “In general, the pickup truck class of vehicles is not doing as good a job protecting right front passengers as other classes...

  • NBC Feb 26, 2019

    Putting Automated Brake Systems to the Test

    Pedestrian deaths on U.S. roads has risen sharply in recent years. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 5,977 pedestrians died in a vehicle crash in 2017, up 45 percent from 2009. Auto manufacturers are including new and improved safety features in hopes of driving down those numbers. One of which are automatic emergency braking systems –…

  • spokesman Nov 29, 2018

    Headlights on Most 2018 Base-Model Vehicles Are Leaving Drivers in the Dark, Study Finds

    A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that headlights on nearly half of 2018 model cars tested by the group do not adequately light the road, and most “good-rated” headlights only come with optional packages or an upgraded trim. According to the IIHS, out of 424 headlight possibilities across trims on 2018 models tested by the...

  • California Nov 15, 2018

    Electronic Driving Systems Don't Always Work, Tests Show

    Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control....

  • NBC Aug 16, 2018

    Honda Odyssey Tops Minivan Crash Test List

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released new crash ratings for minivans.

  • Ford Jun 21, 2018

    2018 Ford, Jeep Midsize SUVs Receive ‘Poor' Rating in Front-End Crash Tests

    Two midsize SUVs received a “poor” rating in the latest round of crash tests, the lowest safety rating that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issues. Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee received “poor” grades because of their inability to prevent injuries to the front passenger during a front-end collision with an object or another car...

  • California May 18, 2018

    Fact Check: Tesla Safety Claims Aren't Quite Right

    For years, Tesla has boasted that its cars and SUVs are safer than other vehicles on the roads, and CEO Elon Musk doubled down on the claims in a series of tweets this week. The electric vehicles are under intense scrutiny from federal investigators, who have been looking into post-crash battery fires and the performance of Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving...

  • Ford Apr 4, 2018

    How Safe is Your SUV? Institute for Highway Safety Release New Safety Ratings

    New ratings released Wednesday for seven small SUVs reveal surprising results, with some models ranking poorly in crash tests.

  • car crash Oct 19, 2017

    10 Out of 13 Midsize Cars Earn Good Ratings in New Passenger-Side Crash Test

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has developed a new crash test program to address passenger-side airbag systems. Automobile manufacturers were not prioritizing the safety of front-seat passengers as much as drivers. Going forward, a good or acceptable passenger-side rating will be required to qualify for the Institute’s 2018 Top Safety Pick award. The new, small overlap front crash test...

  • driver Aug 23, 2017

    Automated Safety Systems Are Preventing Car Crashes: Studies

    Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday. At the same time, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying...

  • Texas Aug 3, 2017

    Unbuckled: How to Become a Human Missile in a Crash

    A new report shows more Americans are getting in the back seat of a car without buckling up.

  • California Jul 6, 2017

    Tesla Loses Spot as Most Valuable Carmaker in US, for Now

    After three months as the nation’s most valuable automaker, a bad week in an otherwise stellar year has knocked Tesla from the top perch as the nation’s most valuable automaker. Tesla’s growth remains stellar, with shares soaring close to 50 percent this year, twice that at General Motors Co., which retook the spot Thursday. Ford Motor Co. has actually fallen...

  • driver Jun 22, 2017

    Study Links Legalized Pot With Increase in Car Crash Claims

    A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in...

  • Asher Klein Jun 13, 2017

    Tests Find That Most Midsize SUVs Have Unsafe Headlights

    More than half of the midsize SUVs tested by an insurance industry group were found to have unsafe headlights that did not light up the road far enough or caused glare for oncoming drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday that it tested 37 midsize SUVs and only two received a “good” rating: the 2017 Volvo XC60 and...

  • President May 1, 2017

    IIHS Recommends Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of the safest used cars for teenage drivers that are under $20,000.

  • Brian Roth Nov 17, 2016

    Car Booster Seats Getting Better: Study

    Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday.

  • Honda Jul 12, 2016

    Small SUVs Do Poorly in Insurance Industry Headlight Tests

    Small SUVs for 2016 and 2017 did poorly during new headlight tests done by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday that none of the 21 SUVs tested earned its highest ranking. The Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-3 performed best, but more than half the SUVs tested received the lowest ranking, including...

  • driver Mar 30, 2016

    Study Illuminates Big Performance Gap for Car Headlights

    There may be a reason why people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it’s not their eyesight. A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of “good.”

  • Rajeev Dhir Nov 11, 2015

    Safety Experts Release New Booster Seat Ratings

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its latest safety ratings for booster seats on Tuesday. Twenty of the 23 seats earned the highest rating. The IIHS said the seats would provide a good belt fit for children between 4 and 8 years old in any vehicle, including cars, minivans and SUVs.

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