Car Safety

Woes mounting for recalled 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan
Woes mounting for recalled 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

Some dealers can't sell Chrysler's flagship hybrid family vehicle as it faces a recall. This month, the automaker announced it would recall every 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in the U.S. and Canada for a faulty battery diode. Now, the automaker isn't saying when those vans can be fixed...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Is your car under recall? The NSC and FCA want to help you find out

When's the last time you checked to see if your car had been recalled? The National Safety Council and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles want to make doing so a regular part of every car-owner's routine. It's an important goal. As you might recall, we recently reported on a study from the University of...Read More»

Breakdown
Summer is here. Is your car ready for the road?

It's the first day of summer, so now would be a great time to ensure that your car is in shape for the vacations and road trips ahead. AAA says that 40 percent of U.S. drivers are unprepared for emergency breakdowns, and it's gearing up to rescue 7 million motorists over the summer months. With a...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV crash
2017 Chevy Bolt EV earns Top Safety Pick rating by IIHS

Independent testers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV a Top Safety Pick award on Tuesday, a result that included the highest score of "Good" on all crash tests and a "Superior" score for front crash prevention. The agency noted that the Bolt EV was the...Read More»

2017 Volvo XC60
IIHS: SUV, crossover headlights generally perform poorly

The IIHS says you should think again if you assume that a larger crossover or SUV is the safest thing on the road. Today, the insurance industry-funded testing agency released results of a headlight effectiveness test for nearly 40 mid-size SUVs and crossovers ranging from reasonable price points...Read More»

2017 Nissan Altima
2017 Nissan Altima updated with more standard safety tech

If you're shopping for a mid-size sedan like the 2017 Nissan Altima, you may want to look closely. Beginning this month, some Altimas arriving onto dealership lots will all be fitted with automatic emergency braking, an important safety feature that was previously optional. 2017 Altima SV and SL...Read More»

2017 Nissan Altima
Nissan makes big safety tech standard on most 2018 models

Nissan announced Thursday that it will make automatic emergency braking standard on the bulk of its 2018 passenger cars, crossovers, and SUVs in the United States. The move puts Nissan in line with only Toyota among major, full-line automakers that have made the collision-avoiding tech standard on...Read More»

2017 BMW 5-Series, IIHS crash test
IIHS names 2017 BMW 5-Series a Top Safety Pick+

BMW's latest mid-size sedan has received an excellent score for both its crashworthiness, its optional headlights, and its available collision-avoding technologies from the insurance industry-funded IIHS. The agency says that the 2017 BMW 5-Series sedan is a Top Safety Pick+ when it's fitted with...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Miami auto show
Automatic emergency braking now standard on 2017.5 Nissan Rogue

Though it's just a few months before the 2018 Nissan Rogue will begin arriving in dealerships, the Japanese automaker has made an important mid-year update to its popular five- and seven-seat crossover: automatic emergency braking is now standard. The technology allows the Rogue to come to a...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Utah takes toughest in nation stance on drunk driving

By lowering the minimum threshold of what it calls drunk driving, Utah will become the strictest state when it comes to getting behind the wheel after a drink or three—and it may not be the last. Last week, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed into law a measure that redefines the state's...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next?

Utah may be the first state to lower its drunk-driving threshold below .08 BAC—and for the tl;dr crowd, yes, your state probably is next. A Utah State Senate committee forwarded a proposal that would lower the state's threshold for adults from .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05, the Salt...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
Yes, car seats expire and here's why

We hear it all the time: "Car seats don't actually expire. That's just a ploy by the manufacturers to get you to spend more money and buy new stuff." It doesn't matter how many times we hear it; it's still not true. Car seats expire, and your kid's safety could depend on you recognizing that fact...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza IIHS
2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Subaru's all-new Impreza lineup has received top marks from the insurance industry-funded IIHS after being subjected to a barrage of crash tests. The 2017 Impreza, Subaru's compact sedan and hatchback range, has been rated as high as Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional systems. While the...Read More»

2017 Mazda 3
Manual transmissions will survive; here's how and why

Within the next five years, virtually every new car in the United States will be able to bring itself to a halt on its own with no driver intervention if it detects an impending accident. We call this "automatic emergency braking," and at first glance it might seem like it spells doom for manual...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fail to meet IIHS Top Safety Pick standards

The flashy Tesla Model S and BMW i3 may garner second looks from passers-by, but they're not as safe as many other cars on the road according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded group revealed today that neither model qualifies for either the coveted Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+...Read More»

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testing
How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car

You've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+ award. But not every car on the dealer's lot is necessarily...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata could agree to fines of $1 billion in the U.S.

Takata has been on a losing streak for the past couple of years, but new reports suggest that the beleaguered Japanese parts supplier could soon slide much, much deeper into the red. Insiders say that within the next few weeks, the company may agree to pony up $1 billion to settle a criminal...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Safety advocates sue NHTSA to mandate automatic braking

Many of you seem underwhelmed by automatic emergency braking, but earlier this year, more than 20 auto brands vowed to make the technology standard on new vehicles by the year 2022. The only problem? Those vows aren't binding, which leaves car companies free to renege on their promises. The...Read More»

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