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Forward collision avoidance systems available on more models

Volvo city safety crash avoidance system

One advanced technology continues to be a standout at preventing crashes. Forward collision avoidance systems with autonomous braking that can stop drivers from rear-ending another vehicle or slow them down enough to lessen the impact are making a measurable difference in insurance claims. Last year, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reported promising results for Acura, Mercedes and Volvo models. ... Read More »

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 »

Despite worries, aging population won’t push up nation’s crash rate

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) recently took a look at the country’s changing demographics to see how insurance claim rates might be affected. Despite the fact that drivers in their 70s and 80s have higher claim rates than those in their 50s and 60s, the analysis shows that the growth of the older population won’t cause an increase in collision claim rates overall. That is in part because, even with a large increase, the number of older drivers is predicted to remain relatively small. In addition, the increase in the proportion of older drivers will be accompanied by a decrease in the proportion of drivers under 30, who have the highest claim rates of all. Read More »