Car Safety

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Finds Five-Star Federal Safety Rating
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Finds Five-Star Federal Safety Rating

If you won't settle for anything but five-star safety in your family vehicle, you now have another option: the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was tested this past month by the federal government, and it steps up its safety ratings in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)--from an overall...Read More»

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius
2014 Toyota Prius Slips To Four-Star Federal Safety Rating

Toyota’s iconic hybrid, the Prius, has held quite a reputation for safety, as well as for efficiency and technology, of course. Yet new results from the federal government show that it’s been downgraded from five stars to four stars in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety ratings...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Steps Up To Five-Star Safety

The Volkswagen Jetta has earned a higher rating from the federal government. Thanks to an improved side-impact result, the 2014 Jetta now gets a five-star Overall rating, placing it in the company of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, and Toyota Corolla, among others. The new...Read More»

Screencap from 'Mistakes' public service announcement, New Zealand
Go Home, Hollywood: New Zealand Just Won The Award For Best Safe-Driving Video

To some folks, the holiday season ended last week. To others, the fun has just begun. In New Orleans, Venice, and elsewhere around the globe, Carnival season kicked off yesterday. Football fans are gearing up for the playoffs. And movie buffs are eagerly watching actors, directors, and producers...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Keeps High Safety Rating Despite NHTSA Investigation Of Battery Fires

Back in August, Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] boasted that the Model S was so safe, it broke the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's testing equipment. In fact, Tesla was so exuberant about the Model S' performance in those tests, it used some very creative math to generate a fictitious safety...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
NHTSA Ramps Up Investigation Of Mercedes C-Class Taillight Failures & Fires

Back in July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a preliminary investigation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. At the time, the agency had received 21 consumer complaints about taillight failures in those vehicles from the 2008 and 2009 model-years. According to Detroit News, the...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Soul Earns NHTSA Five-Star Rating

The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul hatchback has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the highest highest-possible vehicle safety rating from the government. It is determined after severe testing procedures as part...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
IIHS Lists The 39 Safest Cars For 2014 (Video)

By now, most of the auto world's 2014 models have rolled into showrooms. They've also made appearances on test tracks and crash sets so that various entities can evaluate their reliability and safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of those entities, and it's just...Read More»

2014 Kia Sedona
2014 Kia Sedona Gets NHTSA Five-Star Rating

The 2014 Kia Sedona minivan has earned the coveted five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2014 Sedona, mildly redesigned this year, joins the 2014 Kia Sorento crossover, which earned the five-star award earlier this year. The NHTSA...Read More»

2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Recalled For Loose Bolts

Honda is recalling certain 2014 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive, for a potential problem involving loose bolts. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 19,197...Read More»

2014 Infiniti Q50 - NHTSA frontal crash test
2014 Infiniti Q50 Earns Five-Star Crash Safety Rating

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan has garnered another important accolade: a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA five-star rating is the government’s highest-possible vehicle safety rating. It is determined after severe...Read More»

Older driver
4 Great Car Features For Older Drivers

We live in interesting times. Computers, smartphones, and other gadgets have made the world a smaller place, metaphorically speaking. Automobiles and airplanes allow us to travel in hours distances that would've taken days or weeks just a century ago. And advances in safety and medical technology...Read More»

2014 Maserati Ghibli
Italian Safety Stallion: Maserati Ghibli Aces IIHS Tests

The 2014 Ghibli is the first Maserati ever to be run through one of the major U.S. crash-test systems. And now in its first set of tests—from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—it's been named a Top Safety Pick. It's unusual for a couple of reasons. One of them is that...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
Tesla Gets Creative With Model S Safety Rating & Ruins It For Everyone

Over the summer, Tesla tried to create a new safety ratings system for its Model S sedan. In case you missed it, the automaker issued a press release that said: NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score...Read More»

2014 Volvo XC90
2014 Volvo XC90: After All These Years, Still A Top Safety Achiever

As of 2014, the Volvo XC90 crossover has been on the market for a dozen years; and its structure hasn't seen any extensive reengineering during that time. Yet the 2014 Volvo XC90 managed a top-tier performance in the tough new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal...Read More»

2014 Subaru Impreza 5dr Auto 2.0i Mirror
2014 Subaru Impreza, XV Crosstrek Given Top Safety Nod

Both the 2014 Subaru Impreza and the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek have earned the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The new results apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of the Impreza—and to the XV Crosstrek, which is only offered as a hatchback. In the...Read More»

2007 Honda Odyssey
Honda Recalling 344,187 Odyssey Minivans For Unexpected Braking

Honda is recalling certain 2007 and 2008 Odyssey minivans for a problem that may result in unexpected braking. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 344,187. Affected vehicles were built from...Read More»

2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX, Acura RDX Earn Five-Star Crash Test Rating

The 2014 Acura MDX three-row crossover and 2014 Acura RDX compact crossover have been awarded a five-star overall crash test rating—the top overall score—from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on recent tests. The results are based on crash tests that are...Read More»

2013 Toyota Camry
2013-2014 Toyota Camry, 2013 Avalon, 2014 Corolla Recalled

Toyota is recalling several conventional and hybrid vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. The official list includes the 2013-2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid; the 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid; and the 2014 Corolla. The recall stems from a problem with the wiper switch installed on those models...Read More»

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