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Study: Rearview Cameras Help Prevent More Collisions than Rear Sensors

Nissan Versa Note Rearview Camera A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that rearview cameras may be better than rear parking sensors at preventing collisions when a vehicle is reversing. According to the study, in some cases, rearview cameras alone prevented more collisions than rearview cameras paired with parking sensors. The purpose of the study was withheld from 111 volunteers who were asked to get behind the wheel of a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox to evaluate its infotainment systems. Volunteers were ... continue reading»

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Honda Receives Most Awards in New IIHS Safety Ratings

2014 Acura MDX IIHS test Honda and its luxury brand, Acura, took home the most 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus awards of any automaker from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Of the 22 vehicles that earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award for 2014, Honda and Acura account for six of them, including the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, Honda Odyssey, Honda Civic sedan, Acura RLX and Acura MDX. The IIHS changed its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus award criteria ... continue reading»

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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»

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IIHS Adds Tests of Crash Prevention Systems

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is adding an evaluation of automatic crash prevention systems to its criteria for a Top Safety Pick+ award. In a press release, the IIHS says that the rating includes models equipped with forward collision warning and autonomous braking systems. The new tests evaluate how effective these systems are at reducing speeds and preventing a front-to-rear collision with another vehicle at speeds of 12 and 25 mph. IIHS says there are three rating levels: "superior ... continue reading»

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2014 Honda Odyssey First Minivan to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2014 Honda Odyssey The 2014 Honda Odyssey was just named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It is the first minivan to earn that award. To be named a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn the top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear impact tests, and at least Acceptable in the small overlap front test. IIHS gives ratings of Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. No other minivans listed on the ... continue reading»

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