Car Safety

IIHS names 2017 BMW 5-Series a Top Safety Pick+
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»

Automatic Emergency Braking graphic
Do you want automatic emergency braking in your next car? Our poll results

Bit by bit, self-driving cars are edging into showrooms. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and other features have slowly begun to shift the burden of driving away from humans and onto computers. By many estimates, chips and transistors will handle much of the driving in new vehicles...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica aces federal crash test

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been awarded the government's top rating for its crashworthiness, the NHTSA announced today. Five stars overall is a big honor for the reboot of Chrysler's minivan, which is one of our Best Car to Buy 2017 nominees. The IIHS gave the Pacifica five stars for frontal...Read More»

Ford Evasive Steering Alert technology
Ford beefs up its safety tech with new collision avoidance, adaptive headlights, and more

Last week, Ford showed off its new, predictive pedestrian detection system, which is slated to debut on the 2017 Ford Fusion. But that's not the only safety technology that Ford's been working on. The automaker has unveiled a host of high-tech features that will soon appear on Ford vehicles...Read More»

2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe
J.D. Power finally conducts a study about tech usability

It's no secret: in-car technology has become a massive weak spot for today's automakers. It's caused once-reliable brands to tumble in auto rankings; it's spawned more than a few lawsuits; and it's led us to wonder if most car companies shouldn't leave this technology to the likes of Google and...Read More»

The Internet
Do you research safety ratings when you buy a new car? Our poll results

Depending on your point of view, the internet can be an information superhighway, or it can be the express lane into the dark, bottomless, timesucking hole of Facebook. Based on some responses to a recent Twitter poll, we have a hunch about which camp our readers belong to. Earlier this week, we...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
IIHS calls 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica earned the highest marks from the IIHS in crash safety for any minivan yet, the insurance-funded agency announced Tuesday. The Pacifica earned the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award, the first rating for the new minivan from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. ALSO SEE: Sorry, Lyft...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius recalled for airbag problem

Toyota is recalling approximately 7,600 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., all of which were made for the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the airbags assemblies on some off those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured, and as a result, the airbags may partially inflate while...Read More»

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