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IIHS Announces More Stringent Front-Impact Vehicle Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled its new small overlap frontal crash test this morning, which is designed to see how well a car performs in front-impact crash tests where the front corner of the car hits an object. The IIHS crashed midsize luxury and near-luxury cars in the new test, which simulates hitting a tree or pole, by sending them at 40 mph toward a 5-foot-tall solid barrier. “Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash ... continue reading»

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Azera, Malibu Eco and Prius c Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named three new Top Safety Picks Tuesday, which include the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c. These great crash test scores provide an added level of assurance, but some members of the press point out that exceptional safety is becoming an expectation on newly redesigned family cars. “Winning that status has become almost the price of entry, particularly for family cars these days,” writes USA Today. “To get ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Prius c, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick

NHTSA Updates Child Seat Standards to Accommodate Older, Heavier Kids

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a new 10-year-old child test dummy to better evaluate child safety seats for older children. NHTSA’s updated child seat regulations include requirements for kids who weigh more than 65 pounds, and stress that children remain in booster seats until the seat belt fits them properly. Currently, NHTSA has dummies that represent kids who are 6-years-old and younger. The new dummy fills in the gap for older, heavier children. "The ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Sonic Earns Five-Star Rating in Government Crash Tests

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic just earned some bragging rights when it comes to safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the affordable small car an overall safety score of five stars, which is the highest rating possible. The Sonic beat one of its closest rivals, the Ford Fiesta, which received an overall score of four out of five stars. The Sonic also earned five stars in front and side crash tests, as well as a slightly lower score of ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Crash Tests, Chevrolet Sonic, Model News

Chevrolet Volt Retains Five-Star Safety Rating

Earlier this week, we reported that General Motors would buy back Volts from car owners who fear that their hybrid car might catch fire. Despite these concerns, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt retained its five-star overall safety rating from the federal government. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety continues to list the Volt as a Top Safety Pick, which means it earned the highest possible score in all IIHS tests. Next month, a House panel hearing will be held on ... continue reading»

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