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
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
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
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
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
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.
Crash test Camion contro auto in coda
http://www.sicurauto.it - Crash test ADAC che simula un incidente tra un
Camion e due auto in coda. Immagini impressionanti!
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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
2003-2010 Ford Crown Victoria - IIHS Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Front and Side Impact crash
tests for the Ford Crown Victoria, as presented by Consumer Reports
The Ford Crown Victoria received the following ratings in the IIHS's crash
Frontal Offset: Good
Side Impact (No Airbags): Poor
Side Impact (With Airbags): Marginal
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
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