IIHS http://michiganradio.org en Teens should not be driving old, small cars, says safety group http://michiganradio.org/post/teens-should-not-be-driving-old-small-cars-says-safety-group <p>A new analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that a disproportionate number of teenagers who died in car accidents were driving older, smaller cars.</p><p>Small, older model cars tend to be lightweight and lack electronic stability control and side air bags.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet these are the cars parents typically buy for their teens, who are the least experienced drivers on the road.&nbsp;</p><p>Russ Rader of IIHS says cost shouldn't be the only factor when choosing a car for a young driver.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:36:08 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18405 at http://michiganradio.org Teens should not be driving old, small cars, says safety group Most small SUVS flunk new kind of crash test http://michiganradio.org/post/most-small-suvs-flunk-new-kind-crash-test <p align="LEFT">The Insurance Institute&nbsp;for Highway Safety&nbsp;reports "not stellar" results for&nbsp;the latest group of vehicles to undergo a&nbsp;new "small overlap frontal crash" test.</p><p align="LEFT">The test sees how well a vehicle protects an occupant in a situation where just a part of the front of the car hits something. One example&nbsp;would be&nbsp;two vehicles approaching each other, and one strays a little bit over the center line, causing an offset accident.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:21:12 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12614 at http://michiganradio.org Most small SUVS flunk new kind of crash test New crash test means getting IIHS "top safety pick" a lot harder http://michiganradio.org/post/new-crash-test-means-getting-iihs-top-safety-pick-lot-harder <p align="LEFT">The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will probably be handing out a lot fewer of its coveted &quot;Top Safety Pick&quot; awards in 2014.</p><p align="LEFT">Not because cars will suddenly be less safe - but because of a new test the agency is requiring.  </p><p align="LEFT">The Insurance Institute will soon add a test for a so-called &quot;small overlap&quot; crash.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:39:56 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8669 at http://michiganradio.org New crash test means getting IIHS "top safety pick" a lot harder Collision warnings in cars work: IIHS study http://michiganradio.org/post/collision-warnings-cars-work-iihs-study <p align="LEFT">A new study suggests that most new technologies to reduce car crashes are effective.</p><p align="LEFT">The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found claims went down seven percent for vehicles that sound a warning to alert drivers of an imminent crash.</p><p align="LEFT">There was a fourteen-percent reduction in claims for cars that automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.</p><p align="LEFT">The Institute&#39;s David Zuby&nbsp; says that&#39;s a significant reduction.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:42:55 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8135 at http://michiganradio.org Record number of cars get "Top Safety Pick" award from IIHS http://michiganradio.org/post/record-number-cars-get-top-safety-pick-award-iihs <p>A record number of cars got a &ldquo;Top Safety Pick&rdquo; award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2012.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s just two years after the safety group made it a lot tougher to get the award.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2010, the Institute added a rollover crash test to its criteria for &ldquo;Top Safety Pick&rdquo; awards.&nbsp; Only 26 cars got the award that year.&nbsp; This year, most car companies had strengthened the roofs of their cars &ndash; and 115 vehicles got the award.&nbsp;</p><p>But&nbsp;safety is a moving target, and it could once again&nbsp;get&nbsp;harder to win the coveted&nbsp;award.</p><p>Spokesman Russ Rader said the group is considering adding two new criteria. One is forward collision warning, with automatic braking.&nbsp; Another is making side panels harder to sheer off when one car sideswipes another.</p><p>&quot;If they prove to be effective, we will add those to the top safety pick criteria,&quot; Rader said.</p><p>Rader admits new safety features cost money, but he said car companies managed to add electronic stability control to all their cars without greatly increasing the price of their products.&nbsp;</p><p>He said car companies tend to introduce new safety&nbsp;features to higher-end luxury cars first - and once the technology&nbsp;becomes &quot;off the shelf,&quot;&nbsp;they add it to lower-priced vehicles. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:50:13 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5422 at http://michiganradio.org Record number of cars get "Top Safety Pick" award from IIHS