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
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
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
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
Stabilitrak: A Proactive Roll Avoidance/Roll-Over Mitigation system for GM
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!
2011 Volkswagen Touareg is the only large SUV to earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK
http://www.eurocarnews.com - Though the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) does not normally evaluate large SUV's VW requested their
newly redesigned Volkswagen Touareg be put through the standard battery of
crash test scenarios. The IIHS was happy to oblige and the results showed
that the Volkswagen Touareg is the only large SUV to earn TOP SAFETY PICK
Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Cr
Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Crash
IIHS: Federal Bumper Standards Should Apply to Light Trucks Cars, SUVs and
pickups share the road, but they don't share the same standard for bumpers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has petitioned the federal
government to regulate the bumpers on light trucks (SUVs, pickups, and
vans) just as it regulates those on cars. The same bumper rules should
apply to all kinds of passenger vehicles.
To meet federal rules, car bumpers must be 16 to 20 inches off the ground
and limit the amount of damage that can be sustained in a low-speed crash.
The idea is to ensure that the bumpers on colliding cars engage, absorbing
most of the energy of the impact and keeping damage away from
expensive-to-repair parts - like fenders, grilles, headlights, and
Car bumper rules don't apply to light trucks. In fact, it's still legal to
sell these vehicles without any bumpers at all. Federal regulators'
longstanding thinking is that requiring light trucks to have bumpers would
compromise off-road navigation and make it hard to use these vehicles at
loading ramps. The Institute counters that putting damage-resistant bumpers
on light trucks needn't compromise utility.
New SUV-to-car crash test results: A series of low-speed crash tests shows
why. The Institute details the results in its petition to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The tests involved 4 midsize SUVs
striking the back of a typical midsize car at 10 miles per hour. One of the
SUVs - a Ford Explorer - does a better job than 3 others (Hummer H3, Jeep
Grand Cherokee, and Mitsubishi Endeavor) of resisting damage in low-speed
crashes and minimizing damage to the vehicles with which it collides.
The front bumpers on the H3, Grand Cherokee, and Endeavor are so high that
they overrode the rear bumpers of the stationary Hyundai Sonatas in the
Institute tests. Damage to the Sonatas ranged from $3,891 to $4,737. Even
the SUVs sustained more than $1,000 damage each. In contrast, the Explorer
sustained less than $1,000 damage in the same front-into-rear test, and it
inflicted only about one-third as much damage on the Sonata as the worst
performer among the 4 SUVs, the H3.
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
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Micro and minicar roof strength test results
IIHS news release • August 20, 2009
Smart Fortwo rates good for roof strength; test is designed to assess &
compare occupant protection in rollover crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — The Smart Fortwo has the strongest roof and the Chevrolet
Aveo has the weakest among 2009 micro and minicars recently tested by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Smart earns the highest rating
of good compared with acceptable for the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini
Cooper, and Toyota Yaris. The Aveo is rated marginal.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr082009.html
2012 TOP SAFETY PICK winners
IIHS news release • December 15, 2011
115 winners of 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK: Stronger roofs lead to another record
year for award
The list of winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's TOP
SAFETY PICK award is longer than ever this year, with vehicles in nearly
every size category the Institute evaluates earning accolades. From
minicars to sedans to pickups, consumers have a record number of choices
among 2012 models.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr121511.html
2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test
This crash test between a modern sedan and the classic 1959 Chevrolet Bel
Air shows just how far passenger protection has come in the last fifty
years. The Institute for Highway Safety staged the test to commemorate its
50th anniversary. Find more crash tests on our web site:
Top-Heavy (Crash Test Rollovers Compilation)
I made this for MfalmeVTold since he requested it.
This video features the following vehicles:
2009 Honda Stepwgn
2010 Ford Ranger
2009 Daihatsu Mira
2003 Chevrolet Blazer
2010 Daihatsu Tanto
2006 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab
2011 Daihatsu Move
2011 Nissan Rogue
2011 Nissan Serena
2011 Nissan Elgrand
1999 Isuzu Rodeo
2009 Toyota Prado
2008 Nissan Rogue