IIHS news release • December 22, 2010
66 winners of 2011 Top Safety Pick award; automakers quickly improve roofs to Boost rollover protection
ARLINGTON, VA — Sixty-six vehicles earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2011, including 40 cars, 25 SUVs, and a minivan. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have available electronic stability control, a crash avoidance feature that significantly reduces crash risk. The ratings help consumers pick vehicles that offer a higher level of protection than federal safety standards require.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr122210.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
Safety consequences of vehicle size and weight
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
How electronic stability control (ESC) works
ESC is a vehicle control system comprised of sensors and a microcomputer
that continuously monitors how well a vehicle responds to a driver's
steering input and selectively applies the vehicle brakes and modulates
engine power to keep the vehicle traveling along the path indicated by the
steering wheel position. This technology helps prevent the sideways
skidding and loss of control that can lead to rollovers. It can help
drivers maintain control during emergency maneuvers when their vehicles
otherwise might spin out.
A driver loses control when the vehicle goes in a direction different from
the one the steering wheel position indicates. This typically occurs when a
driver tries to turn very hard or turn on a slippery road. Then the vehicle
may understeer or oversteer. When it oversteers it turns more than the
driver intended because the rear end is spinning or sliding out. When a
vehicle understeers it turns less than the driver intended and continues in
a forward direction because the front wheels have insufficient traction.
ESC can prevent under- and oversteer by selectively braking wheels to
produce a counteracting force which helps correct the vehicle's direction
of travel. In some cases engine throttle also is reduced.
More information at http://www.iihs.org/ratings/esc/esc.aspx
Today Show Insurance industry names safest cars
The IIHS announces the winners of the 2010 Top Safety Pick Award and Subaru
Wins in all 4 Vehicle Classes they compete in. Those models are the
Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback and Tribeca. Congratulations Subaru!
Side impact protection improves - and not just because of side airbags
IIHS news release • January 19, 2011
Vehicles that earn good test ratings for side-impact protection greatly
reduce risk of dying for drivers in real-world crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — Drivers of vehicles that perform well in the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test are much less likely
to die in a real-world left-side crash than drivers of vehicles that do
poorly, a new analysis finds. The study includes only passenger vehicles
with side airbags, demonstrating that airbags, while crucial, are far from
the whole story in side crash protection.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr011911.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