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September 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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September 27, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Subarus, Cadillacs and Volvos earned top marks in a first-of-its-kind crash test of models equipped with systems to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions. The tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rate so-called active safety systems that warn drivers of impending impact and, in some models, automatically hit the brakes. The systems rely on radar, cameras and lasers to measure the distance from other vehicles or fixed objects, and they're considered an early step toward self-driving vehicles.
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BUSINESS
April 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Pickup trucks have the image of being rugged and dependable, but a study released Tuesday found that some popular small pickups are also susceptible to sizable damage in 5-mph crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the Toyota Tacoma, little brother to Toyota's T-100 full-size truck, led the way, sustaining $4,361 in damages over four low-speed tests. The best of the lot, the Chevrolet S-10 LS, had $2,246 in damage.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Results of a new crash test that focused on luxury cars are raising worries that most vehicles may not be able to provide protection from serious injuries in a common accident. Such fancy nameplates as BMW, Mercedes and Lexus all earned "poor" ratings in a test that simulated what happens when the front corner of a sedan hits another vehicle or an object such as a tree or pole, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Just three of 11 luxury cars from the 2012 model year passed the new crash test, which looked at front-corner impacts, which are not well protected by vehicles' crush-zone structures.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2003 | From Reuters
Five of six new vehicles received "poor" or "marginal" ratings in low-speed crash tests measuring the damage from bumping into barriers at 5 mph, according to a study released Sunday. The 2003 Infiniti G35 luxury sedan from Nissan Motor Co. sustained the costliest damage, an average of $1,481 in each of four crash tests of the front and rear bumpers to simulate common mishaps.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1998 | From The Washington Post
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.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The 2009 Nissan Murano was the best performer in new crash tests of midsize sport utility vehicles, while the Hummer H3 had one of the poorest showings, according to results released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, said the redesigned Murano was the only vehicle among the nine tested to get the highest rating of "good" in front, side and rear crash tests. It praised Nissan Motor Co.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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