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Redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI earned its Top Safety Pick award. Previous generations of the WRX have never been tested by the IIHS, and although it shares some similarities with the 2014 Subaru Impreza, the IIHS reports that “there are sufficient differences for the vehicles to be rated separately.” The 2015 WRX earned the IIHS’ top rating of “good” in small and moderate overlap front crash tests, as well ... continue reading»

Tags: Crash Tests, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Subaru WRX

2014 Corolla Latest Toyota to Earn Low Rating in Difficult New Crash Test

2014 Toyota Corolla The 2014 Toyota Corolla has earned a “Marginal” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small overlap front crash test, bringing to four the number of models that have fared poorly on the difficult new test. The 2013 RAV4, 2013 Prius v and 2013 Camry earned “Poor” ratings. According to the IIHS, the test “is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, IIHS, Toyota, Model News, Small Overlap Front Crash Test, 2014 Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota Score Five-Star Safety Ratings

2014 Subaru Forester The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded its top rating of five stars to a number of new Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Kicking Tires writes, “NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.” Rear- and four-wheel drive models of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab earned five stars overall, as well as five stars in front and side crash tests and four ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Lexus IS, Subaru Forester, Model News, Toyota Prius v

Subaru says the Current Crop of Pet Harnesses are for the Dogs

Julija Sapic/Shutterstock Subaru is taking strides to ensure that passengers with two and four legs are as safe as possible in a crash. The automaker recently partnered with the Center for Pet Safety, a non-profit organization committed to companion animal and consumer safety, to provide funding to test the harnesses that dog and cat owners use to secure their pets in cars. “The Center for Pet Safety conducted a pilot study which showed that the majority of pet safety restraints currently on ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Crash Tests, Subaru, Dogs

Do New Cars Save Lives?

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that our highways are safer than they’ve been in decades. NHTSA says in a press release that “highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949.” That’s a 1.9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities when compared with 2010. "The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Crash Tests, Stats and Studies, car accidents and fatalities

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