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9Ford Fiesta demonstrates that smaller can still be safe

2011 Ford Fiesta offset barrier crash test – Click above for high-res image gallery

21IIHS condemns use of mini trucks and low-speed vehicles on public roads

If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are currently allowed on select public roads in 46 of the 50 United States. But even though they're perfectly legal in many areas, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a pretty serious warning for anyone

5Second edition smart ed will go into series production in November

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12010 Prius, Insight and Soul earn IIHS Top Safety Pick awards

IIHS 2010 small car crash tests - Click above for high-res image gallery

20Smart USA responds to IIHS crash test results

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14Economy cars, Prius score poorly in IIHS crash tests

There is a lot of stuff that needs to be considered when purchasing a car for its economy. Obviously, being AutoblogGreen and all, we are concerned with fuel efficiency. Still, a car's mileage or how green it actually may be aren't the only things to consider when it comes to choosing your next vehicle. For instance, when a car is involved in a low-speed accident, how much damage does it sustain? Why does this matter? Besides the obvious dollar amount you would have to spend on getting your car

6Gas mizers flunk crash tests

Subcompact cars that offer great fuel economy and low price points didn't fare well in IIHS crash tests. The Nissan Versa did receive the institute's top rating but officials say none of the cars tested provided stellar protection. The Toyota Yaris not equipped with side air bags and the Scion xB received the lowest scores. A Yaris with side airbags fared better. One analyst said it was "foolish" for Toyota to bring over cars designed for Japanese driving.

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