IIHS news release • June 11, 2009
Mini and microcar bumpers allow pricey damage; none of the 7 tested rates good under new system
ARLINGTON, VA — Urban drivers often pick mini and microcars because they're affordable, fuel efficient, and easy to park on city streets. Fender-benders are hazards of urban driving, and just one of them can add up to thousands of dollars in repair costs because the bumpers don't adequately protect vehicles from damage. None of the bumpers on 7 mini and microcars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested earns the top rating of good, and just 1, the Smart Fortwo, is acceptable. Five out of the 7 earn poor ratings and 1 earns a marginal.
Full text of news release: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr061109.html
First Institute crash tests of Smart car
IIHS news release • May 14, 2008
First Institute crash tests of Smart car: diminutive two-seater earns top
ratings for protecting people in front & side crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — The Smart car is getting a lot of attention for its small
size and style, and now it's earning impressive crash test ratings. In
recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 2008 Smart Fortwo,
the smallest car for sale in the US market, earned the top rating of good
for front and side crash protection. Its seat/head restraints earned the
second highest rating of acceptable for protection against whiplash in rear
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr051408.html
Small pickup rollover protection
IIHS news release • February 4, 2010
First time Institute ratings small pickups for rollover protection; only
one model rates good in test that assures strength of roof
ARLINGTON, VA — The Nissan Frontier has the strongest roof and the
Chevrolet Colorado the weakest among 5 small pickup trucks, all 2010
models, that recently were tested for rollover protection by the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety. The Frontier, also sold as the Suzuki
Equator, is the only pickup in the group to earn the highest rating of
good. The Ford Ranger is rated acceptable while the Dodge Dakota, Toyota
Tacoma, and Colorado (also sold as the GMC Canyon) earn the second lowest
rating of marginal.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr020410.html
SUVs and pickups pose less risk to people in crashes
IIHS news release • September 28, 2011
Effort to make SUVs, pickups less deadly to car occupants in crashes is
ARLINGTON, VA - Today's SUVs and pickups pose far less risk to people in
cars and minivans than previous generations, a new study from the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety shows. Until recently, SUVs and pickups were
more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in
crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans. That's no longer
the case for SUVs, and for pickups the higher risk is much less pronounced
than it had been.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr092811.html
New roof strength tests
IIHS news release • March 24, 2009
Roof strength is focus of new rating system; 4 of 12 small SUVs evaluated
earn top marks
ARLINGTON, VA — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a
new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will
help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to
be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen
Tiguan has the strongest rated roof, and the Kia Sportage has the weakest
among the 2008-09 models evaluated.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr032409.html
Reducing Rollover in 15 Passenger Vans
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Bumper tests of midsize sedans
IIHS news release • August 6, 2009
Bumpers on 4 of 6 midsize sedans improve; none earns good rating in
ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers on 2009 models of the Honda Accord, Hyundai
Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Maxima performed better than their 2007
predecessors in low-speed crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety. Bumpers on the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and 2010 Ford
Fusion did worse than earlier models. None of the 6 popular midsize sedans
earns the top rating of good in a recent series of tests designed to assess
and compare how well bumpers resist damage in everyday fender-benders. The
Mazda 6 improves to acceptable from marginal, with an average repair cost
of less than $900 after 4 tests at 3 and 6 mph. The Accord and Sonata
improve to marginal from poor. The Fusion slips to poor from marginal, and
the Maxima and Malibu remain poor.
Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr080609.html
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Crash Test Results of 2-Door Coupes
Crash tests demonstrate that occupant protection in all kinds of vehicles
is improving. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn't
routinely test vehicles in every size/type category. But a new series of
tests were conducted to judge the crash-worthiness of this category. David
Zuby, senior vice president, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety talks
about the results.
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Crash tests of 2-door cars
IIHS news release • July 21, 2009
Crash tests of 2-door cars: Volvo & Ford Coupes earn TOP SAFETY PICK; all 5
cars tested are rated good or acceptable in demanding side test
ARLINGTON, VA — Crash tests demonstrate that occupant protection in all
kinds of vehicles is improving. However, the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety doesn't routinely test vehicles in every size/type category.
Emphasizing vehicles for family use, the Institute usually crash tests
4-door models. To evaluate the extent to which automakers are extending
crashworthiness improvements to 2-door cars, the Institute recently
conducted front, side, and rear tests of 2009 coupes including the
Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Scion tC, all small models,
plus the midsize Volvo C30.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr072109.html