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Hybrid Cars Safer for Passengers than Gas-Only Versions

A recent study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute claims that hybrid vehicles do a better job of protecting their occupants in accidents compared with their conventional gas-powered twins. “On average, the odds of being injured in a crash are 25 percent lower for people in hybrids than people traveling in nonhybrid models,” the HLDI reports. The main reason the HLDI says hybrids are safer for passengers is that they typically weigh more than their gas-powered siblings due to ... continue reading»

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IIHS Names Five Minivans Top Safety Picks

If you’re shopping for a safe family vehicle, you now have five more to consider. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named five minivans Top Safety Picks. The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Routan all earned the award for their top scores of “good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection, as well as having electronic stability control (ESC) standard. ESC is required by the government on all 2012 ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, IIHS, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest, Toyota Sienna, Volkswagen Routan, Minivans, Model News, Chrysler Town Country, Top Safety Picks

IIHS Gives Top Award to 31 Child Booster Seats

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is well-known for the coveted Top Safety Pick vehicle awards it releases every year, but the IIHS also rates child booster seats, giving top scorers Best Bet status. The Institute is the only organization that tells parents which booster seats provide the best seat belt fit, and which ones don’t. “A record 31 seats have been designated BEST BETS, meaning they correctly position a vehicle safety belt on a typical 4 to 8 ... continue reading»

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Lower Death Rates in Crashes Involving Cars and SUVs

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that occupants in minivans and cars are less likely to die in an accident with SUVs and trucks. The IIHS says better crash protection, such as side airbags and stronger structures in minivans and cars, and improved designs in SUVs and trucks, have contributed to the decrease. The IIHS compared vehicles that were one to four years old in 2000 and 2001 and vehicles that were one to four years old in 2008 ... continue reading»

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Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test scores highlight the safest cars on the market, but these tests only use adult-size crash dummies in simulations, leaving a gap in crash test data for your smallest passengers. In Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know, we talk with NHTSA and IIHS representatives to help you understand how current safety features like side airbags and the proper use of car seats and ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Safety, Car Seats, IIHS, NHTSA, Best Cars for Families

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