May 29, 2013
- News 29 May, 2013
April 5, 2013
- General Motors' Opel unit has found no evidence in a crash test on its new Mokka small SUV that a controversial air conditioning refrigerant made by American auto suppliers could catch fire in a collision and release toxic fumes.
March 18, 2013
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is always looking for new ways to make America's highways safer, and this latest test checks out the crashworthiness of one of the most overlooked vehicles on the road: tractor trailers. Pointing out design flaws inherent in semi trailers during rear-end collisions, the IIHS performed three different tests on eight of the most popular semi trailers on the market including a full-width impact, a 50-percent overlap (where only half of the car makes...
March 13, 2013
January 30, 2013
- When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashed a 2012 Fiat 500, the little car got the best scores in all categories. It's a safe car, then, right? "If safety is a priority, you should avoid the smallest cars," advises Russ Rader, spokesperson for IIHS. "Weight counts. Smaller, lighter cars are safer than they used to be, but all things being equal, people riding in bigger, heavier vehicles get more protection in crashes." That's why, despite its near-perfect crash-test score, the...
December 26, 2012
- Two Toyota models fared worse on two measures of safety than the rest of the midsize cars subjected to a new frontal crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Both the Camry sedan and Prius v hybrid were hit with a "poor" overall rating as a result. In the former's case, the front wheel was forced sharply back toward the driver's feet, and the driver's side airbag failed to fully prevent a blow to the test dummy's head. On a positive note, 13 midsize cars have earned...
December 11, 2012
- Less than a month ago, the Chevrolet Camaro scored a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It did so by scoring a five stars in every individual crash test administered, becoming the first car to earn perfect scores across the board since the NHTSA crash test procedures were revised in 2011. Now another vehicle in the General Motors stable has scored top marks on the frontal, side and rollover crash tests on its way to a five-star overall...
December 7, 2012
- The score is the best a vehicle can get.
December 2, 2012
- The 2013 Buick Verano has received a five-star overall vehicle score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to go along with its 2012 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Verano achieved the five-star rating under NHTSA’s revised New Car Assessment Program with its overall score... more
November 28, 2012
- Latest safety awards recognise advances in collision protection, with a disappointing showing from one manufacturer Vehicle safety standards agency Euro NCAP has released crash-test results for 15 new cars, including the Dacia Lodgy, which managed a poor three-star rating.All of the other cars tested scored the maximum five stars overall. The Lodgy came in for particular criticism for its lack of safety-assist technology, an area that has become an important feature in the crash test process....
October 18, 2012
- The subcompact Corsa performed well in the program's battery of tests.
September 22, 2012
- Anyone can be an ordinary dummy, whereas being a good crash-test dummy takes work. A few things you probably didn't know: the official name for a crash-test dummy is "anthropomorphic test device" (ATD), General Motors "has a long history" designing ATDs, and the process is so specialized that there's even a Rear Impact Dummy Task Group. GM is working with five other OEMs on the dummies that help ensure humans stay as safe as possible in car crashes. The latest advance is the second generation...
September 3, 2012
- The new dummy, called BioRID, was designed by Chalmers University in Gothernurg, Sweden.
August 27, 2012
- DETROIT – General Motors, which has a long history of crash test dummy design, is leading research on the potential for global auto industry use of a new dummy that would help automakers and safety experts better understand how crash victims are hurt in rear impacts.
August 10, 2012
- DETROIT – General Motors safety engineers are helping to advance crash test methods by getting out of the lab and into University of Michigan Hospital to witness surgeries and other medical procedures resulting from crash-related injuries.