Car Safety

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

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - small overlap IIHS crash test
2014 Mercedes M-Class Is A Top Safety Pick+

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2014 Mercedes M-Class mid-size luxury SUV the highest designation of Top Safety Pick+. The Mercedes M-Class thus becomes the first Mercedes to earn Top Safety Pick+ status since the IIHS began testing in 2012 for small overlap...Read More»

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
2014 Toyota Corolla: 'Marginal' In Critical Frontal Crash Test

The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla manages to transcend its econo-car roots to some degree—giving us a number of reasons (like a better feature set and much-improved interior) to put it back on compact-car shopping lists. But safety might not be one of those reasons. The Corolla earned a...Read More»

2014 Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback, Legacy Top New Forward Collision Prevention Ratings

The EyeSight system that's offered in the new 2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy might entirely keep you, in a moment of inattention, from rear-ending another car. In a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test of forward collision prevention systems, Subaru's system topped all the...Read More»

KidsandCars preventing backovers
Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally backed over their children. The lawsuit asks the court to direct the DOT to issue a backover rule...Read More»

2014 Kia Sorento
2014 Kia Sorento Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The redesigned three-row, seven-passenger 2014 Kia Sorento crossover has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA five-star rating is the government’s highest-possible vehicle safety rating. It is determined after severe testing...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 250
2014 Lexus IS Earns NHTSA Five-Star Crash Rating

The redesigned 2014 Lexus IS has earned a five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five-star overall award includes a four-star rating in front crash tests and five stars for the luxury car’s performance in side-impact and rollover...Read More»

2013 Toyota Avalon
The Worst New-Car Features Of 2013

For better or worse, automakers and suppliers are getting inventive, pushing some innovative features into new vehicles. Some of them hit the mark, making our time in vehicles easier, safer, or more efficient, while other features leave us asking, “Seriously, why?” Today, convenience...Read More»

Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant
The Best New-Car Features Of 2013

Some of the best ideas need no explanation, and many are relatively simple—things that make you ask, why didn't anyone come up with this before? That’s probably what you’re going to beam after first encountering a couple of our best features for 2013—Nissan’s Easy-Fill...Read More»

Cadillac's Super Cruise system undergoing testing.
GM's Super Cruise Puts (Almost) Autonomous Cars On The Road By 2020

Hot on the heels of last week's announcement that Nissan would bring autonomous cars to showrooms within seven years comes word from General Motors that it plans to offer its own lineup of autonomous cars by the year 2020. Well, almost. The 2020 deadline seems firm; the problem is the "autonomous"...Read More»

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2014 Honda Odyssey Earns First Minivan IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Good news for family car buyers who need a little more space to transport people and gear: the 2014 Honda Odyssey just earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To earn the top award, the Odyssey scored good performance in all five IIHS crash...Read More»

NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
The Safest Cars Of 2013

Safety sells. We know that wasn't always the case; but in today's market, the majority of new-car shoppers do value how well a car will protect them in a crash—or how it might help them avoid one altogether. Trouble is, between the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests—the National...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigated For Fire Risk

Jeep's Grand Cherokee nameplate has been drawing lots of media attention lately -- not all of it good. The Grand Cherokee found itself at the center of a contentious recall earlier this summer when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claimed that the placement of the gas tank on...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 GMC Sierra Set New Standard For Truck Safety

Yesterday, we told you about the Tesla Model S -- a car so safe, it broke the equipment that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses to gauge safety. General Motors' pickups haven't quite matched that impressive feat, but the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S: So Safe, It Broke NHTSA's Testing Equipment

If you're in the market for a new car and safety is your biggest concern, stop reading here and head down to the nearest Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA) showroom gallery for a look at the Model S. According to our colleagues at Green Car Reports, the Model S earned the highest safety score in the history of the...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte  -  rated POOR in IIHS small overlap frontal impact test
Which Small Cars Are Safest? New IIHS Test Helps Answer That

Not sure which small-car model is best for you? If safety is one of your priorities you might want to give the Honda Civic, or perhaps the Dodge Dart, a boost on your list of possibilities. New test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put those models on top, among a...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
NTSB Pushes for Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Systems: How Long Until They Appear?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink over vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications. Both are promising technologies that could substantially reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities by allowing cars, traffic lights, and other elements of the driving environment to "talk" to...Read More»

Surveillance Mode and other features developed by Intermotive
New In Safety: Ford 'Surveillance Mode' Locks Car Doors When People Approach

Are we imagining things, or are automakers really stepping up to the plate when it comes to safety technology? It seems as if every other day, another company debuts an upgraded adaptive cruise control or a new pedestrian-detection system -- or an animal-detection system, for that matter. Mind you...Read More»

Child vehicular heatstroke deaths -temperatures climb quickly in parked cars
Parked Cars Deadly For Kids This Summer

It’s only mid-July and already 21 children under the age of five have died from heatstroke in parked cars across America. Child safety advocacy groups urge parents and caregivers to take extra precautions this summer to help prevent child fatalities resulting from leaving kids unattended in...Read More»

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