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462010 Top Safety Picks announced by IIHS, new roof strength rule shakes things up

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has once again announced the winners of its Top Safety Pick award – all 27 of them. This time out, 19 cars and eight SUVs made the all-important grade. To break it down a bit for you, Subaru is the only make to earn top marks in each of the classes in which it competes (four), winning a total of five awards. Ford and Volvo combined to take home six Top Safety Pick awards (the most of any automaker), VW/Audi comes away with five and Chrysler

13IIHS tests roof strength on microcars, Smart Fortwo comes out on top

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32IIHS: Small car bumpers cost big bucks to repair

Driving a small car in the urban environs they're so well suited for can add up in big repair bills, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Low speed incidents in parking lots and on tight city streets are everyday occurrences that seemingly shouldn't cost a lot to set right, but they apparently wind up costing consumers many thousands of dollars each year. The smallest cars on the market also have tiny price tags, making the price of repairs a much larger percentage of what the vehicl

20Smart USA responds to IIHS crash test results

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79Smart USA responds to IIHS crash test results

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25A gentler tap - IIHS suggests car bumper standards for light trucks

It's not a surprise that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) would be backing a proposal that has the potential to lower the amount of damage vehicles sustain in crashes, and therefore lead to less costly repairs for insurers. What is surprising is the NHTSA's stubborn attitude about accepting outside suggestions. The proposal is simple enough; the IIHS recommends that trucks and cars use the same bumper standards for greater crash compatibility. Being cynical and following the mon

2Insurance Institute for Highway Safety alters crash test practices

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has altered its testing policy for frontal offset crashes, allowing automakers of top-rated vehicles to submit test data to verify before the institute issues a rating. Nine vehicles for 2006, including the Buick Lucerne (pictured), Hyundai Azera, and the Toyota RAV4, have already received good ratings based on submitted data from their automakers.

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