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More booster seats grab top ratings

Of the 31 new booster seats evaluated this year, 19 earn the top rating of BEST BET. Counting carry-over models, there are 58 BEST BET boosters for 2013, more than any prior year.


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Vehicle vandalism peaks on Halloween

Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, HLDI finds. Other holidays with high vandalism claim numbers are July Fourth and New Year’s Day, while Thanksgiving and Christmas have below-average claim numbers.


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HLDI: Teen driving drop tracks with jobless rate

A recent drop in teen driving likely comes down to simple economics. A new HLDI study shows that the decline in teen driving coincided with the economic slowdown, and the shortage of work has disproportionately affected teenage job seekers.


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STATUS REPORT: Volume 48, Number 7

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award after a structural change helped it earn a good rating in the challenging small overlap front test.


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Toyota Corolla rates marginal in small overlap test

The 2014 Toyota Corolla earns a marginal rating for occupant protection in the Institute’s challenging small overlap front crash test. Poor structural performance and inadequate control of the dummy’s movement prevented the Corolla from earning a higher rating.


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IIHS launches front crash prevention ratings

Seven midsize vehicles earn top marks under the new test program, which aims to help consumers decide which systems to consider. The ratings program is based on research by HLDI showing that forward collision warning and autobrake systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.


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6 of 12 small cars earn Top Safety Pick+

The latest small overlap front crash test results from the Institute reveal a range of performance among many of the best-selling small cars in the U.S. Of the 12 models evaluated, half earn a good or acceptable rating and qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award.


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Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan earns the Institute’s top safety designation for good performance in all five IIHS crash evaluations, including the challenging small overlap front test. The Odyssey is the first minivan IIHS has evaluated in the small overlap test.


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Safety gains aren’t global: Some regions lag U.S., Europe, Australia in protecting people in crashes

Car buyers in the U.S. and other developed nations benefit from a safety marketplace where manufacturers compete for top crash test ratings and there is a wealth of consumer information on safety. That’s not the case in emerging markets. About a third of new vehicles sold worldwide fall short of the basic frontal crash protection provided by models sold in high-income regions. Now, safety groups in established markets are helping their counterparts in the developing world catch-up.

Read more about crash test programs around the world in the June 27, 2013, issue of Status Report.


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