Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) News

Driver-Assist Technology Could Lead to Deteriorating Driver Skills, Researchers Say

If a car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check blind spots, will that make worse drivers? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may. Driver-assist technology that keeps cars in their lanes, maintains a safe distance from other vehicles, …

How Tesla’s Model S Fared in Insurance Safety Test

Tesla Inc.’s Model S did not get the top score in certain tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency said on Thursday. Chevrolet Impala, Ford Motor Co.’s Taurus and Tesla’s Model S were the three sedans …

Most Car Makers in No Rush to Make Automatic Braking Standard Equipment

Big automakers are rushing to launch self-driving cars as early as 2021, but the industry’s major players are moving slowly when it comes to widespread deployment of a less expensive crash prevention technology that regulators say could prevent thousands of …

Insurance Safety Institute Elects Board Members; Allstate’s Yager Becomes Chairman

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is pleased to announce the election of Floyd M. Yager as the new chairman of its board of directors. Yager is senior vice president, property product management, Allstate Insurance Co. He succeeds Jack Salzwedel, …

New Year’s Day Is Deadliest For Alcohol-Related Crashes: IIHS

New Year’s evokes visions of celebrations and fresh beginnings but the holiday has a more somber side when it comes to alcohol and crashes. Jan. 1 is the deadliest day on average for alcohol-related crashes involving a motor vehicle, pedestrian …

Insurance Institute Finds Safety of Child Booster Seats Improved

Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday. Of the 53 new booster seats IIHS tested, 48 received the nonprofit’s highest rating. Two …

Insurance Safety Institute Says Small SUVs Flunk Headlight Tests

Small SUVs for 2016 and 2017 did poorly during new headlight tests done by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday that none of the 21 SUVs tested earned its highest ranking. The Ford Escape, Honda …

Insurance Safety Institute Finds Most Headlights Not Bright Enough

The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated to earn a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s first-ever headlight ratings. The best available headlights on 11 cars earn an acceptable rating, while …

Insurance Safety Group Cites 63 Vehicles as Top Safety Picks

Nearly 50 vehicles meet tougher criteria for 2016 to take home the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ (Plus) award, earning good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and an advanced or higher rating for front crash …

U.S. Safety Agency Advocating Stronger Truck Rear-Impact Guards

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that trucking companies be required to install stronger guards on their trailers to reduce deaths caused when cars rear-end tractor trailers. The agency said last week that underride guards, which have …