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IIHS Announces 2016 Top Safety Picks

2016 Audi A3 - IIHS Top Safety Pick+

If you are shopping for a new auto or SUV and safety is a concern you should keep an eye out for vehicles that make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s annual list of Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Picks.

IIHS Announces Top Safety Pick Winners for 2015

2015 Toyota Sienna - IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Minivan

Despite a record number of recalls in 2014, new cars are actually getting safer according to the IIHS. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raised the standards for vehicles to achieve Top Safety Pick+ and 11 more vehicles made the list this year than in 2014 testing.  Last year 39 vehicles were awarded Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ and this year the number jumped to 71. A total of 33 vehicles earned the top tier ranking and 38 earned Top Safety Pick ratings.

The Safest Autos and Crossovers for 2014

Volvo XC60 - Top Safety Pick

In light of the record number of autos recalled already this year auto safety should be high on the list of considerations when shopping for a new vehicle. While safety features continue to improve every year, all autos are not created equal and some are definitely safer than others. Forbes recently compiled a list of the “safest” 2014 cars and crossovers.

Drive Safe – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Sponsored by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA, the same department that runs safety tests on all vehicles) April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  To kick off the month-long events the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Department of Transportation's first-ever, national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Television, radio and digital advertisements using the phrase U Drive. U Text. U Pay. ran from April 7-15 coinciding with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.

Chevy Spark Only Minicar to Pass IIHS Test

2014 Chevy Spark

Minicars may be affordable and get great gas mileage, making them attractive options for students, commuters, and people with limited incomes, but they fare poorly in IIHS safety tests. In the recent “small overlap front crash test”, out of eleven minicars tested, only the Chevrolet Spark received an acceptable rating in the test, earning it the designation of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK.

5-Star NHTSA Safety Rating & Controversy for Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a 5 Star Safety Rating to Tesla's Model S, adding to the impressive awards already earned by the vehicle. And while achieving top marks for safety is an impressive feat, the news hasn’t been without controversy.

Auto Recalls in 2013

2013 Chrysler Town & Country

With millions of vehicles sold every year there will always be problems with some of them. With 2013 just over half way several manufacturers have announced recalls to fix problems with some of their models. Manufacturers generally attempt to contact owners of the vehicles affected by the recall but owners can also stay informed by searching on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.  Some of this year’s recalls include:

It Can Wait...ATT, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile Team Up to Curb Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is dangerous, and illegal

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T Mobile team up to fight texting and driving with the “It Can Wait” program.  The program is intended to educate the public on the dangers of texting and driving, with videos and advertisements asking teens and adults to “take the pledge” to never text and drive.

The campaign brings together more than 200 organizations to support a multi-million dollar national ad campaign along with a nationwide texting-while-driving simulator tour, retail presence in tens of thousands of stores, and outreach to millions of consumers with a special focus throughout the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Summertime has been called the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads for teen drivers by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.