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    Report: Fiat 500 least safe vehicle to drive according to insurance website [w/video]
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    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 ...

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    Official: Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid nab five-star ratings from NHTSA
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    Ford's Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have both received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rating is a big upgrade for the Fusion, which was completely redesigned for 2013. The previous model fell one star short of the top rating, ...

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    Official: Mazda3, CX-5 earn IIHS Top Safety Picks
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    Mazda technologies like SkyActiv-Body and SkyActiv-Chassis, plus ultra-high-tensile steel, six airbags, "crusable" brake and accelerator pedal assembly and collapsible steering column have helped the 2013 Mazda3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5 win Top Safety Pick laurels from the Insurance Institute for ...

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    Official: IIHS says these are the safest cars of 2013
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed its annual list of Top Safety Picks, an award that highlights automobiles it says offer "superior crash protection." A new and still more significant award, the Top Safety Pick+ honor, is given to those vehicles that earn good ratings ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi Lancer, Outlander Sport named 2013 IIHS Top Safety Picks
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has added a pair of Mitsubishi models to its ever-growing list of 2013 Top Safety Picks, giving the prestigious safety award to the 2013 Outlander Sport and Lancer (sedan and Sportback). Both models make a return visit to the list, but with 117 cars now ...

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    Official: IIHS subjects midsizers to tough new impact test, finds fault with Toyota, VW [w/video]
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    Crash tests continue to get ever tougher, and the new "small overlap" test from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety is giving engineers fits. The new procedure, launched in August, subjects just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to an impact at 40 miles per hour, and it's proven to be a ...

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    Report: 2013 Ford Fusion nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crushed, mangled and smashed the 2013 Ford Fusion and gives it a coveted Top Safety Pick designation. That's the second Fusion generation in a row given the title. IIHS said measures taken from its dummies in the driver and rear seat passenger ...

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    Video: IIHS says booster seats are getting better, releases 2012 report
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    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has released its latest booster seat test results which show seat makers are more than ever designing better products. The agency looked at 17 booster seats newly introduced for 2012. All but two of those have been added to the list of Best Bet booster ...

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    Official: Dodge Dart and three others latest to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named four more vehicles to its coveted Top Safety Pick list, which has grown to include 131 models. This time around, the 2013 Dodge Dart, Lexus ES, Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru XV Crosstrek achieved top marks for crash safety in all applicable ...

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    Official: Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ get IIHS Top Safety Pick [w/videos]
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    There are many reasons why we love the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, and now safety can be added to this list. Both of these track-friendly fraternal twins were just named as 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety making them the only sub-$30,000 sport coupes to make the ...

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    Official: IIHS launching first new frontal crash test since 1995 [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has unveiled a new crash testing methodology in dramatic fashion – by dinging some of the most popular entry luxury sedans for failing to adequately protect the driver during certain types of crashes. The 2012 Acura TSX, 2012 BMW 3-Series, 2012 ...

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    Exclusive: IIHS considering autonomous braking, other tech as part of crash evaluations
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    Automakers are constantly working to make their vehicles safer than ever before, and while much of that effort is spent in areas the public will never see, recent years have welcomed a rash of more highly visible advancements. Those include autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) systems like Volvo ...

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    Study: IIHS study says most crash avoidance tech actually working [w/video]
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    Are collision avoidance systems, automatic braking and adaptive headlights worth their extra cost? A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute says yes. Those three new automotive technologies seem to reduce crashes. Matt Moore, VP of HLDI says, "So far, forward collision technology is reducing ...

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    Report: Ram pickup leads group of Most Dangerous Cars In America
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    Take a vehicle's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety score, throw it into a data pot that includes Consumer Reports ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash safety results and J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study numbers, mix thoroughly, then pour out the most dangerous ...

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    Official: BMW 3 Series, Acura RDX named IIHS Top Safety Pick
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    The IIHS Top Safety Pick list is already quite long, but it keeps growing, with five more vehicles added this month alone. The latest pair are the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan and the 2013 Acura RDX. The BMW needs no introduction, as the new F30 chassis has already earned its right to sit alongside ...

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    Official: IIHS crowns three new Top Safety Picks [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crowned two sedans and a hatchback as Top Safety Picks: the 2013 Chevrolet Malibe Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c. The redesigned 2013 Malibu joins its 2012 model-mate as a Top Pick, and the 2013 earned a good side impact rating even ...

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    Study: IIHS says most LATCH systems are too difficult to use [w/video]
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    If you've ever tried installing an infant car seat in say, a Jaguar XKR, you understand that just because a car has LATCH anchors doesn't mean your car seat is going to fit. Those anchors are supposed to make child restraint installation a breeze, but according to a new study by the Insurance ...

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    Official: 2013 Lexus GS earns IIHS Top Safety Pick
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    The 2013 GS is the new face of the Lexus brand, and as it turns out, that spindle-grilled mug can take a serious punch. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the GS a Top Safety Pick after the reshaped Lexus sedan held strong in front, side and rollover crash testing. To earn a ...

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    Official: Verano completes Buick sweep of IIHS Top Safety Pick awards [w/video]
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    Congratulations are in order for Buick after its new Verano earned top scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. This now means that every new Buick model is on the Institute's Top Safety Pick list. The Verano's safety credentials weren't really in question though, since ...

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    Official: 2013 Mazda CX-5 latest to get IIHS Top Safety Pick laurels [w/video]
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    Mazda's new compact crossover is coming out of the gate strong, with the 2013 CX-5 garnering generally good reviews that include praise for its fuel economy and best-in-class handling. Now, Mazda can tout a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well. The ...

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