IIHS Publishes Result Of Safety Tests, 13 Models Get Good Ratings

January 3, 2013 by  
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently named the 13 safest car models for 2013 and according to the reports, Acura, Honda and even Kia have vehicles topping the list.

According to the official reports, the agency has added the small overlap frontal crash to the set of tests that already included moderate overlap front crash, the evaluation of seat and head restraints, rollover and side impact.

The agency tested multiple models but only 13 made the top of the safety list. They include the Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Avenger, Acura TL, Honda Accord coupe and sedan models, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima sedan, Kia Optima, Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy, Volvo S60, Volkswagen Passat and Suzuki Kizashi.

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Family Vehicles Safer Than Luxury Models

December 20, 2012 by  
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested 18 models of midsize family cars and according to the news, 13 models managed to get a good or acceptable rating in one of the most severe crash tests of all: the narrow offset test.

According to the news, the new test is performed by having the vehicle crash into a thin object that mimics a tree or a pole. This type of test hopes to verify if the vehicle is capable of keeping passengers safe if the car crashes into a pole while traveling at 40 miles per hour.

For more on these tests, click here for the full article.

Smaller Cars Involved In More Crashes, Reports Show

October 3, 2012 by  
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According to a series of media outlets, a list with the vehicles most often linked to insurance claims has been issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The list has been compiled with the help of data regarding claims information, which can help drivers to learn more about the models and what cars are the safest. The IIHS reported that recently, the cars mostly involved with personal injury protection claims were manufactured between 2009 and 2011. The list ranks the vehicles by placing the models on different ‘dangerous’ levels by taking into consideration the number of insurance claims these vehicles have been involved with.

Smaller cars are by far the vehicles that have been mostly involved in accidents recently, according to the agency. Since smaller vehicles are more susceptible to becoming damaged as a result of a crash, this outcome was expected. However, the driver’s income, the roads he or she travels and the rate of car usage can also interfere with the ranking.

Smaller vehicles, according to experts, are usually driven in urban areas and more frequently than larger vehicles, often because they are more practical. Drivers who operate larger vehicles usually own other cars and tend to use his or her larger vehicles less often.

By increasing the use of a car, a driver also increases the odds of an accident occurring as opposed to vehicles that are driven only once or twice a week.

According to the list reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Chevrolet Aveo wagon and the Chevrolet Aveo sedan were involved in several accidents, however, the sedan model was involved in more accidents than the wagon. Both models received several ‘acceptable’ crash test results, which demonstrates that these models of vehicle are not exactly the safest out there.

Another small car associated to several personal-injury claims is the Suzuki SX4 model, which has been ranked poor and marginal in several IIHS crash tests. The Mitsubishi Galant, a midsize sedan that is affordable and usually picked as a day-to-day commuting vehicle has also been involved in several accidents. According to experts, the fact that this vehicle is used by many as a commuting car puts it at an even greater risk.

The car most often associated with accidents, however, is the Toyota Yaris, the status report shows. According to the IIHS, the Toyota Yaris has the highest claim frequency of any model in the report because at 28.5 claims files per 1,000 insured vehicle years, this model receives many more PIP claims than other models, especially amongst the 2009 through 2011 models.

In this car’s overall safety tests, it received a ‘marginal’ rating from the Insurance Institute For highway Safety.

For the entire list, click here for the entire report.

Where Consumers Must Go For Safety Rating Info

September 26, 2012 by  
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Several consumers are still unsure of how they can research a car’s safety rating before choosing to purchase it, according to a series of news agencies.

According to a recent report, consumers may have a better grasp of a car’s safety rating by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test results and how well all different models of vehicles do in these tests. During the 2012 model year testings, 72 vehicles participated in these crash tests. This number represents about 81 percent of all 2012 model-year vehicles available in the United States.

According to some of the researchers looking into safety and crash test ratings, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also promotes crash tests. This agency, that is entirely funded by auto insurance companies, makes its own ratings available to all consumers. Since the tests are different, the results are also different. Consumers who are really interested in learning more about a car’s safety ratings should look into both ratings and crash tests before making a decision. However, specialists say that not all vehicles available on the market are tested by the agencies.

Usually, volume sellers are the vehicles mostly tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles a list of the best rated in the agency’s crash tests yearly. The NHTSA’s Five-Star safety rating list can be also used by consumers who are looking into purchasing a new vehicle.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also releases a special listing including information on individual vehicles and how well they did by checking the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation.

Despite the method you choose to use to make sure your vehicle is safe for you and your family, experts urge you to make an extensive research before arriving at a conclusion.

For more info on car safety and how to find the best car for you and your family, click here for the full article.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 May Come With ABS

September 17, 2012 by  
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Kawasaki has released a new entry-level motorcycle equipped with ABS, the Ninja 300.

According to the news, the new model retains the same Ninja look, but with a lighter frame and lower seat. The Ninja 300 model, which replaces the Ninja 250, delivers better performance and fuel economy. Aside from the Honda CBR 250R, it is the only cycle of its sort to have ABS.

Its base price, according to the news is $4,799, however, the model may reach $5,499 if it’s equipped with ABS.

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 gives novice motorcycle riders another choice with ABS

Car Safety Ratings Changing After IIHS Implemented New Test

September 17, 2012 by  
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A new car crash simulating test that is now being performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  is showing engineers that cars with otherwise good crash safety ratings are actually performing poorly when it comes to the new tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is trying to urge all car buyers to take into account these new tests when they buy a new car.

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New Crash Test Shakes Up Car Safety Ratings

Texas 85 MPH Speed Limit Causes Controversy

September 17, 2012 by  
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In Texas, there will be a new 41-mile toll road that goes from Austin to Seguin that will have a speed limit of 85 mph.

This new road speed limit is set to commence in November. Although the Government has decided on allowing this new speed limit, the action has raised some concerns with safety advocates and federal agencies such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Texas Transportation Commission.

The Commission for the toll roads spokesperson, however, believes that safety lies within every single driver’s attitude and the speed limit should not have much to do with it. Some disagree and are fighting to keep the speed limit lower.

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Is 85 MPH Safe? New Texas Speed Limit Causes Controversy

2013 Ford Escape Chosen As Top Safety Pick

September 13, 2012 by  
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, also known as IIHS, has announced its Top Safety Picks for 2013, we have recently reported the new picks in a previous post.

The following four vehicles have received this award: 2013 Ford Escape, the Acura ILX, the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S. According to the federal agency, a vehicle must score “good” ratings in all of the IIHS’ crash tests as well as a rollover test and roof strength test.

IIHS has also introduced the small front overlap frontal crash test, which evaluates how well a vehicle protects passengers when hit on the front corners, however, the scores all cars got from being tested in the overlap frontal crash test did not make the cut when it came to picking the safer cars.

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IIHS Announces Four New Top Safety Picks

More Stringent Front-Impact Crash Tests Performed By IIHS

September 11, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies have revealed that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced a new addition to its crash tests and according to the reports, this may be the type of change that the auto industry needed, which will help to keep drivers and passengers safer from now on.

The new small overlap frontal crash test will demonstrate how a front corner impact may damage the car and cause serious injuries to the driver. Performed at forty miles per hour, the test is meant to be similar to hitting a pole or tree. This type of incident is mostly blamed for approximately twenty-five hundred deaths every year, according to the IIHS.

Reports issued publicly by the IIHS demonstrate that vehicles tested up to 2009 that got ‘good’ front collision ratings may not get the same scores with this new set of tests. The federal agency claimed that studies into these small overlap front crashes show that all of the impact of the collision is absorbed by the the firewall, wheel and suspension, which could result in the wheel being pushed into the footwell of the vehicle, which could then cause some serious and even fatal injuries to the driver.

Certain upscale midsize cars have been tested by the IIHS and after the new test standards have been embraced, only two models of vehicles out of eleven received good ratings. However, none reportedly received great scores. Although many may believe that BMW makes extremely safe cars, the 2012 BMW 3-series was rated ‘marginal’ by the federal agency after participating in the small overlap frontal collision tests.

The federal agency has stated that now its inspectors are focusing on testing affordable midsize cars. Officials urge carmakers to look into these new tests and their results to start working closely with engineers to develop safer cars that will keep occupants and drivers out of harm’s way in the event of different types of collisions.

According to the news, the safest vehicle tested by the IIHS’ new standards is the 2012 Volvo S60 model and the least safe are the 2012 Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Hopefully, the federal agency will test affordable models soon.

If you would like to learn more about this new test and the dangers that drivers face if they are involved in a similar accident, you can read the full article here:

IIHS Announces More Stringent Front-Impact Vehicle Crash Test