Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test. Minicars are the worst performing group of any that IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap test program so far.
Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn Top Safety Pick by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.
A lot goes into an IIHS crash test even before the vehicle is sent hurtling toward a barrier. "Inside IIHS: Preparing for a crash test" takes viewers through the painstaking procedures that ensure usable results.
Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in the Institute's small overlap front crash test and other evaluations. The XC90 is the third Volvo model to earn this accolade since the Institute began testing for small overlap protection in 2012.
The 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek are the latest models to be added to the list of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award winners. Structural changes improved occupant protection in 2014 models, and the vehicles earned good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests.
Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds. Other holidays with high vandalism claim numbers are July Fourth and New Year's Day, while Thanksgiving and Christmas have below-average claim numbers.
A recent drop in teen driving likely comes down to simple economics. A new HLDI study shows that the decline in teen driving coincided with the economic slowdown, and the shortage of work has disproportionately affected teenage job seekers.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award after a structural change helped it earn a good rating in the challenging small overlap front test.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla earns a marginal rating for occupant protection in the Institute's challenging small overlap front crash test. Poor structural performance and inadequate control of the dummy's movement prevented the Corolla from earning a higher rating.