August 24, 2010 |
Problems such as drivers using cellphones or Toyota's series of recalls for unintended acceleration are distracting from other significant highway safety issues, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Monday. About 100 people die each day in traffic accidents on the nation's roads, but regulators and other officials are too easily distracted by issues that have little effect on the death rate, the institute said. Preoccupation with Toyota and cellphone use "diverts attention from initiatives that have far greater potential to save lives," said Adrian Lund, the president of the institute, a nonprofit that analyzes auto safety and driving issues.
September 2, 2007 |
Jarring images of vehicles crashing into test barriers are becoming more prevalent on the Internet, giving safety-conscious car shoppers another tool when searching for the right car. Consumer Reports offers a library of crash test videos for more than 200 vehicles on its website, accompanied by narration describing how each vehicle performed. The tests were conducted by the Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which issues safety ratings for vehicles.
August 16, 2007 |
The 2008 BMW 5 Series was the worst performer in new side-impact crash tests of luxury sedans by the insurance industry. The Acura RL, Kia Amanti and Volvo S80 all earned the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, according to results released today. The Cadillac STS and Mercedes E-Class earned the second-highest rating. Side-impact crashes are the second-most common type of fatal crash, behind frontal crashes, killing about 9,000 people on U.S.
May 31, 2007 |
When it comes to buying a crash-worthy convertible, paying more doesn't always get you more, researchers have found. With starting prices above $39,000, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 Cabriolet were among the most expensive of 10 ragtops tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, yet they placed near the bottom of the safety rankings.
April 5, 2007 |
Head restraints in many passenger vehicles provided marginal or poor protection against neck injuries and whiplash, the insurance industry reported in new crash test results. Only 22 of 75 vehicles tested in a simulated rear crash at 20 mph received the top score of good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many 2007 vehicles got the lowest score of poor in the tests.
March 2, 2007 |
Those minor fender benders might cost more than you think, according to new crash test results released Thursday by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that most bumpers on mid-size cars do little to prevent costly damage to vehicles, even in low-speed crashes of 6 miles an hour or less. The crashes frequently occur in parking lots and in commuter traffic. Testing for the first time by the Arlington, Va.