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Combination side airbags reduce death and injury risk

Side airbags that protect the head and torso reduce the likelihood of death and upper body injuries to passenger vehicle drivers in near-side crashes by 61 percent compared with no side airbags. This is the main finding of a new study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre. The Victoria, Australia, study reinforces prior research on the effectiveness of side ... Read More »

Volvo owners give thumbs-up to crash avoidance features

  Owners of Volvos with advanced crash avoidance features find the systems useful, and the vast majority would want the technology again, an IIHS survey shows. The positive results are in line with an earlier survey (see Status Report, Nov. 18, 2009, at This time, the participants were not limited to the early adopters questioned several years ago, when ... Read More »

Family Cars Trump Luxury Models in rigorous new crash test

2012 IIHS Offset Crash Test Toyota Camry

A group of moderately priced midsize cars outperformed most of their luxury counterparts in a challenging new frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on 2013 models. Of the 18 midsize family cars evaluated in the small overlap test, two earn the top rating of good, 11 earn acceptable, three earn marginal, and two are ... Read More »

New TOP SAFETY PICK+ award goes to 13 cars

ARLINGTON, Va. — To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is awarding the new TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolade to 13 cars. All earn good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations. Winners include the Acura TL; Dodge Avenger and its ... Read More »

How to check your belts and hoses

The belts and hoses on your car, which can be some of the cheapest and simplest parts on your car, can also be the most critical. Because they keep your engine and all its accessories running, a breakdown of a belt or hose can easily leave you stranded at the worst possible time. Worse yet, they can often lead to costly damage to your car's engine or other more expensive parts. Read More »

What your brakes are telling you

When it comes to safety, the ability to bring your car to a quick, predictable stop is critical. Brakes need to be kept in top condition at all times because they could be called upon to save your life at any moment. Brakes require regular maintenance, too, and you need to make sure they're always ready to do their job. Read More »