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Grandpa and Grandma Much Safer Behind the Wheel Than Predicted

Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are …

Minicars Perform Worst in Frontal Crash Test, Says Insurance Safety Institute

Minicars such as the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree. Of the 11 minicars tested …

Toyota Camry Improves in Insurance Safety Test

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry, headed for its 12th consecutive year as the best-selling car in the U.S., returned to Consumer Reports’ recommended list after showing improvement on an insurance-industry crash test. The Yonkers, New York-based magazine excluded Camry in October …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Virginia Expanding

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety expects to complete a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus by late 2014. Construction of new vehicle testing facilities began in March. The project includes a larger outdoor test track, a domed vehicle …

Insurance Institute Cites Top Cars for Crash Avoidance

Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Subaru earned the highest marks in a new front crash avoidance test program developed for the U.S. insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, rated 2013-2014 vehicles …

Small Cars Are Big Losers in Safety Crash Tests

The auto industry continued its poor performance in an influential U.S. safety group’s new crash test as half of the small cars tested did not fare well. Six of the cars tested, most of which were 2013 models, were rated …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Va. Plans $30M Expansion

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is planning a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus. Chief administrative officer Joe Nolan tells The Daily Progress that the project includes a new, larger outdoor test track and a new indoor test …

Insurance Safety Group Releases Car Ratings Based on New Crash Test

Toyota Motor Corp.’s best-selling 2013 Camry received a “poor” crash-test rating on Thursday from an insurance industry group that awarded high marks to Honda Motor Co’s redesigned Accord sedan. The Camry — the top-selling passenger car in the United States …

Insurance Institute Names 4 Car Models Top Safety Picks

The Dodge Dart, the model Chrysler is betting on becoming a top-selling small car, was among four new vehicles on the U.S. market to receive a top crash-test rating by an influential safety group on Wednesday. The 2013 Dart, the …

Luxury Cars Lag in Frontal Crash Safety: IIHS

Only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars evaluated earned good or acceptable ratings in the insurance industry’s latest tests designed to help consumers pick the safest vehicles. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 earned good ratings, while the …