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Insurance Institute Awards Top Safety Picks for 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards to 68 2018-model-year vehicles in 10 categories. Of the winners, 21 vehicles have earned the Top Safety Pick+, while 47 others have earned the Top Safety Pick.

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2018 BMW X3 Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

The 2018 BMW X3 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+, when the midsize luxury SUV is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

Hyundai Elantra Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award, the Top Safety Pick+, when the compact sedan is equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

Ford F-150 Excels in Crash Tests

This video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety summarizes the results of a recent round of crash tests involving large pickup trucks. The Ford F-150 SuperCab was the only model to qualify as a Top Safety Pick, joining the F-150 SuperCrew, when equipped with Ford's optional forward collision warning system. For the full story, click here.

NHTSA’s New 5-Star Crash-Test Criteria Will Increase Safety and Acquisition Costs

On Dec. 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed upgrading the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Rating system for new vehicles by adding new standards for accident-avoidance technology, which will make it much tougher for OEMs to achieve a 5-Star Rating. Without a doubt these safety technologies are beneficial, but they cost money and will also exert upward pressure on new-vehicle acquisition costs. What are the full fleet implications?

The Infiniti Q70's IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014-2015 model-year Infiniti Q70 sedan a Safety Pick+ award winner. In the small overlap front test, the vehicle maintained the driver space “reasonably well” and the crash test dummy’s movement “was properly controlled,” IIHS said. Here's video footage of that challenging test. For the full story, click here.

New IIHS Ratings for Front Crash Prevention

In the latest round of front crash prevention tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 21 of 24 vehicles earned an “advanced” or higher rating. Test results indicate that automakers are making strides in adopting automatic braking technology, IIHS noted. Here's an IIHS video explaining the testing criteria and process. For the story on the test results, click here.  

10 of 11 Subcompacts Fail Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently completed testing on 11 subcompacts, and the Chevrolet Spark was the only one to draw an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap front crash test. For more details on all the subcompact crash-test results, click here.

Clarifying NHTSA's Updated 5-Star Safety Rating Program

NHTSA’s updated safety rating program could result in lower ratings for 2011-MY vehicles, even though vehicles are no less safe than those of the previous model-year.

NHTSA Crash Standards to Change in 2011-MY

NHTSA's testing and safety criteria for front- and side-impact crashes and rollover resistance have not been substantially revised since the agency started crash testing new models 30 years ago. Recognizing that nine out of 10 vehicles routinely score either four or five stars, NHTSA wants to increase the standards for front- and side-impacts, along with more stringent rollover testing. NHTSA is poised to implement a revised five-star safety rating program starting with 2011 model-year vehicles.