Dodge Journey, Lincoln MKT, MAZDA3 Get Top Safety Marks

Monday September 14th, 2009 at 9:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, also known as the IIHS has just given its highest safety rating to three new model rides: The Dodge Journey, Lincoln MKT and Mazda Mazda3. All three of the cars got top marks in the front, side and rear impact tests and all three featured standard stability control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said in a statement that “Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements.”

Only the Dodge received the IIHS’ top marks in every single category whereas the Lincoln and Mazda received “Acceptable” ratings in other categories. The Insurance Institute said that the Lincoln and Mazda’s overall evaluations were robust enough to receive the “Top Safety Pick” award.

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2008 Traffic Deaths Hit Record Low

Friday February 13th, 2009 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

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Here’s some good news from the auto world (a rare occurrence over the past few months), 2008 traffic fatalities are at record lows.

The National Safety Council annual report states that there were 39,800 deaths last year related to motor vehicles in 2008. That’s an 8% drop in the number of fatalities over the previous year. In case you’re wondering, it has nothing to do with people driving less due to increases in gas prices or some other, normal, outside factor. It turns out that the ratio of deaths per vehicle miles driven has also dropped.

According to the National Safety Council there are three factors that contributed to the record low levels. First off, cars and trucks are getting better and better in the safety department, as shown each year by the high safety numbers posted in NHTSA and IIHS crash testing. Also contributing to the record drop are public education and the visible enforcement of safety laws.

There are other upsides to this, in addition to a lower overall death toll. Fewer deaths mean fewer medical expenses and property damage as well as lower loss of wages.

So, good job everybody, and it’s not very frequently that I say that about my fellow drivers … because really, the stuff that I still see on the road makes me shake my head. Actually, I’m surprised the fatality rate hasn’t gone up.

Source: AutoBlog

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No Ceiling on Roof Safety

Thursday February 5th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: m35man

overturned car accidentYesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) told car manufacturers that they’re going to have to make vehicle roofs thicker and stronger if they want to attain top safety ratings.

It’s a smart decision and one that needed to be made. Too many injuries occur in accidents where cars flip over onto their roofs, which then collapse. This announcement will help save lives and make our cars safer. Many of us spend as much as 25% of our waking hours in our cars, so we obviously want then to be as safe as possible.

I was in an accident many years ago in which the vehicle I was in flipped. The driver fell asleep and so did I, and when I woke up, we were upside down, careening down the road.

There were four of us in the car and fortunately we all walked away unhurt. Luckily, the roof of the car (a Toyota Camry, as I recall) held up nicely and didn’t crumble one iota. Otherwise, I might not be here to write about it.

Carmakers are constantly trying to find new ways to make their vehicles safer. Many use safety as a main selling point, like Volvo, for instance. The smarter manufacturers will tap into this IIHS announcement and leverage it to make their cars safer and more attractive to consumers. As my driving instructor in high school used to say, “Safety is No Accident!”

Original article that appeared in The Detroit News after the jump:

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