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New test highlights auto weakness

New test highlights auto weakness

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Just three of 11 mid-size luxury and near-luxury 2012 cars earned good or acceptable ratings in a new frontal crash test, a U.S. insurance group said Tuesday.

Speed limits going up on Texas highways

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Texas is increasing speed limits on highways throughout the state, but transportation officials say actual driver speeds won't change much.

Record number of vehicles get safety award

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said a record 115 vehicle models received the Top Safety Pick award for 2012.
Study: Texting bans don't reduce crashes

Study: Texting bans don't reduce crashes

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. study found no reduction in texting-related crashes where laws ban texting while driving, the Highway Loss Data Institute said.

Four of 12 SUV models have 'good' roofs

ARLINGTON, Va., March 24 (UPI) -- Only four of 12 small sports utility vehicles tested for roof strength in rollover crashes have garnered "good" ratings, a U.S. insurance group says.
Smart car scores well in crash tests

Smart car scores well in crash tests

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- The Smart Fortwo, the smallest car for sale in the United States, scored well in safety tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported Wednesday.

Ford, Honda top auto safety awards list

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The number of vehicles qualifying for the Top Safety Pick by a U.S. highway safety board more than doubled for 2008 models with Ford and Honda leading the way.

Acura MDX, Ford Taurus 'top safety picks'

ARLINGTON, Va., May 14 (UPI) -- The 2007 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the 2008 Ford Taurus family car got top scores in crash tests, a U.S. insurance report said Monday.

Most midsize U.S. car bumpers fail test

ARLINGTON, Va., March 1 (UPI) -- Most midsize U.S. car bumpers do not prevent costly damage in low-speed collisions such as in parking lots, an auto insurance research group said Thursday.

Toyota sub-compacts last in crash tests

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Toyota cars and trucks helped set U.S. auto safety standards but recent crash tests of new subcompact sedans came in dead last, reports say.

Better car design led to fewer road deaths

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety credits better passenger vehicle design for a decline in motor vehicle deaths since 1994.

SUVs, pickups poor in whiplash test

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Most SUVs and pickup trucks fail to protect passengers from neck injuries in rear-end collisions, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Monday.

Audi, VW, Subaru top U.S. crash tests

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The 2006 models of the Audi A3, Volkswagen Passat and Subaru Legacy have topped the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's front and side crash tests.

Audi A6 ranks best in front, side crashes

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The 2005 Audi A6 has been given good ratings and a "best pick" designation in front and side crash tests by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Mazda 3 tops crash test, Kia Spectra worst

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the best performer in frontal crash tests is the Mazda 3, and the worst is the Kia Spectra.
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