IIHS news release • April 14, 2009
New crash tests demonstrate the influence of vehicle size and weight on safety in crashes; results are relevant to fuel economy policies
ARLINGTON, VA — Three front-to-front crash tests, each involving a microcar or minicar into a midsize model from the same manufacturer, show how extra vehicle size and weight enhance occupant protection in collisions. These Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests are about the physics of car crashes, which dictate that very small cars generally can't protect people in crashes as well as bigger, heavier models.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr041409.html
Weak federal standard allows deadly car-into-truck crashes
IIHS news release • March 1, 2011
Underride guards on big rigs often fail in crashes; Institute petitions
government for new standard
ARLINGTON, VA — New crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers
can fail in relatively low-speed crashes — with deadly consequences. The
Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger
underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate
guards for more large trucks and trailers.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr030111.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
Mini and microcar bumpers
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
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
Small overlap test results for small SUVs - IIHS news
IIHS news release • May 16, 2013
Redesigned Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test; only 2 of 13 small
SUVs tested earn Top Safety Pick+
The 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the
challenging small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earns acceptable in the test, are the
latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute's recently inaugurated top
honor, Top Safety Pick+. Other tested small SUVs earn poor or marginal
ratings for small overlap.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr051613.html
Low-speed vehicle crash tests
IIHS news release • May 20, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA - Low-speed vehicles and minitrucks shouldn't share busy
public roads with regular traffic
More states are allowing a relatively new breed of vehicle on public roads,
but crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show why the
mix of low-speed vehicles (LSVs) or minitrucks and regular traffic is a
deadly combination. LSVs are designed for tooling around residential
neighborhoods, and minitrucks are for hauling cargo off-road. While these
vehicles have a lot of appeal as a way to reduce emissions and cut fuel
use, they don't have to meet the basic safety standards that cars and
pickups do, and they aren't designed to protect their occupants in crashes.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr052010.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
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers
IIHS news release • December 2, 2010
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers: When bumpers on cars and SUVs don't line
up (and many of them don't), low-speed collisions produce more damage and
higher repair costs
ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers are the first line of defense against costly
damage in everyday low-speed crashes. Bumpers on cars are designed to match
up with each other in collisions, but a long-standing gap in federal
regulations exempts SUVs from the same rules. New Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety crash tests demonstrate the results: SUV bumpers that don't
line up with those on cars can lead to huge repair bills in what should be
minor collisions in stop-and-go traffic.
Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr120210.html
Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics
What happens to vehicles and their occupants in crashes is determined by
science. "You can't argue with the laws of physics," says Griff Jones,
award-winning high school physics teacher who goes behind the scenes at the
Institute's Vehicle Research Center to explore the basic science behind car
crashes. Using a series of vehicle maneuvers on a test track plus filmed
results of vehicle crash tests, Jones explains in anything but lecture
style the concept of inertia, the relationship between crash forces and
inertia, momentum and impulse, and a lot more.
Quote from Paul G. Hewitt, the developer of the "Conceptual Physics"
curriculum and author of the best selling text book by the same name: "The
video "Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics" and accompanying
teacher's guide are wonderful. The pacing is excellent, the coverage
fascinating, and most importantly, the physics is correct. It's a first
rate teaching package. I give it five stars!"
DVD contains updated footage and additional material for teachers
To obtain a DVD copy, go to http://www.iihs.org/videos/default.html
Reducing Your Risks In The Crash
The best way to reduce the risks is to make sure everyone in the vehicle is
effectively restrained. This video uses test footage of what happens during
crashes to show how to get the most from occupant restraints. For example,
it shows how to buckle up properly and why you should sit back from the
steering wheel and airbag.
To obtain a DVD copy, go to http://www.iihs.org/videos/default.html
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS crash test
IIHS 50th anniversary demonstration test • September 9, 2009
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a
crash test conducted between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet
Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the
new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says
Institute president Adrian Lund. "What this test shows is that automakers
don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of
auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the
Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve,
articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs
designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property
from the hazards of highway accidents."
More information at http://www.iihs.org
ADAC-Crashtest: Wildunfälle „saugefährlich"
http://www.focus.de/videos - Mit einem ungewöhnlichen Crashtest VW Golf
gegen Wildschweinrotte wirbt der ADAC eindrucksvoll für Vorsicht bei
Wildwechseln. Tipp für Autofahrer im Fall der Fälle: Draufhalten, nur
bremsen, nicht ausweichen.
Ferrari Birthday Gift!
My dad has always dreamed about driving the Ferrari, so for his birthday
gift; we got him one. P.S. When he took a seat in the car, he thought we
got him some type of Total Gym/Bow Flex. LOL!
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