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
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
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
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Crash Testing the 2013 Volvo XC60! - The Downshift Episode 51
We visit Ruckersville, VA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's
Vehicle Research Center. IIHS is crash testing the 2013 Volvo XC60 in one
of their newest tests - the small overlap front test. On this episode of
The Downshift, learn why this kind of front overlap impact has such a
reputation for killing cars and their passengers, and find out if the Volvo
XC60 passes the test.
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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
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