January 24, 2019|Volume 54, Number 1

Cover story

Distracted driving Cellphone manipulations up 57 percent over prior survey

Manipulating a cellphone was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths in 2017, IIHS estimates in a new study.


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December 19, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 9

Challenge accepted57 models clinch 2019 IIHS safety awards

Thirty models earn Top Safety Pick+, thanks to good passenger-side protection and good headlights. Another 27 qualify for Top Safety Pick without the "plus."

Early, gentle input may make lane departure prevention more accepted

Researchers looked at lane departure prevention systems from four manufacturers to see why some are used more readily than others.

IIHS prepares to test pedestrian detection systems

A new ratings program will look at how well vehicles detect and brake for pedestrians.

November 29, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 8

Night visionHeadlights improve, but base models leave drivers in the dark

Just over half of 2018 model vehicles have headlights that adequately light up the road at night and limit glare, but most good-rated headlights are optional.

NHTSA opens door to adaptive-driving-beam headlights

More advanced headlights could be on the way under a proposed change to federal safety standards.

Minor crashes can result in big headlight repair bills

Low-profile hoods and bumpers look sleek but leave headlights vulnerable to damage in fender-benders. One headlight often costs more than $1,000 to replace.

November 1, 2018 |Volume 53, Number 7

No small decisionIIHS used car lists help families choose safer, larger vehicles

A pair of IIHS crash tests shows why teen drivers should be steered away from minicars and small cars. Updated used vehicle recommendations help families find alternatives.

Retrofit collision warning system gives older vehicles a safety boost

An aftermarket collision warning system encourages safer driving habits to help fight distraction and fatigue, a new IIHS study shows.