June 13, 2006 |
Ten thousand fatal automobile crashes a year, or nearly one-third of such accidents in the U.S., could be prevented if more vehicles were equipped with technology that helps to keep them from rolling over, the insurance industry says in a study released today. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the technology, electronic stability control, reduced the risk of single-vehicle rollovers involving sport utility vehicles by 80%, and by 77% for passenger cars.
February 10, 1998 |
A respected insurance industry research group reported Monday that although heavy sport-utility vehicles pose a greater risk to occupants of lighter cars, the dangers of these popular highway hulks have been overstated by highway safety advocates. The report by the Arlington, Va.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will add to the growing debate over the safety of light trucks, which include the sport utilities.
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.
June 1, 2000 |
Five new mid-size luxury cars have received high marks in recent crash tests conducted by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the Volvo S80, Cadillac Catera, BMW 328i, Saab 9-5 and Audi A6. The BMW, Volvo and Cadillac were rated good, with the BMW also garnering a "best pick" designation. The Saab and Audi were deemed acceptable. The 2000 models of the cars were tested by running them at an angle into a barrier at 40 mph.
March 31, 2006 |
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that it had altered a part of its crash test program, allowing manufacturers of top-rated vehicles to provide crash test data that can be verified by the institute before it issues a score. The change affects its frontal offset crash test, which evaluates a vehicle traveling 40 mph and striking a barrier on the driver's side.
October 5, 2006 |
Driver deaths in side-impact collisions dropped by more than half in sport utility vehicles equipped with head-protecting side air bags, insurance industry research shows. Side air bags offering head protection could save the lives of about 2,000 drivers a year if every vehicle on the road had the equipment, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in a study to be released today.