Car Safety

Feds Request A Recall Of 2.7M Jeep Vehicles, Chrysler Pushes Back
Feds Request A Recall Of 2.7M Jeep Vehicles, Chrysler Pushes Back

Do some model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty pose a higher fire risk to their occupants in a crash? And is it because of a safety-related defect? The federal government alleges that the answers to both questions are yes; but in a rare, public pushback to the National Highway...Read More»

A new Mercedes-Benz initiative: QR code that can save lives
Mercedes-Benz Creates QR Codes To Save Lives

The good news is that our cars are safer than they've ever been. Improvements in vehicle structure and the addition of countless safety features have led to record-low traffic fatality rates. (For now, anyway.) The bad news is that our safer cars are doing a much better job of trapping occupants...Read More»

IIHS - frontal crash testing
Crash Tests Go Viral In IIHS' New Video Series

Ever wonder what goes on during car crash tests? In a new eight-part video series produced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), viewers can see footage of actual testing at the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia. The first two videos in the series...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Energi
2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The mid-size 2013 Ford Fusion lineup boasts an additional entry in the top safety ratings arena as the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid earns a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid have...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
2014 Subaru Forester Aces IIHS Crash Test; Many Other Small SUVs Don't

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has run a group of 13 small sport-utility vehicles or crossovers through its relatively new small-overlap frontal crash test, and the results aren't pretty. Only the 2014 Subaru Forester earned a top 'good' rating. In fact, it's the best-performing...Read More»

Survey: men, women, and car safety
Who Can Do More For Auto Safety: Apple Or Volvo?

Every auto brand has an image to uphold, a claim to fame. Jeeps are rugged, Mercedes-Benz cars are long-lasting, Hondas are reliable -- or so marketers would have us believe. For years, Volvo's buzzword has been "safety". Mention to co-workers, neighbors, or family members that auto safety is your...Read More»

Rafael de Mestre's Crashed Tesla Roadster (via Facebook)
U.S. Highway Fatality Rate Rises For First Time In Six Years

U.S. drivers may have felt safer than ever on the road in 2012, thanks to ever-better vehicle protection. Yet the number of people killed on U.S. highways took an alarming step in the wrong direction, rising for the first time in six years and marking the end of our longest continuous stretch of...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS sedan begins production at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant
Ironically, More Recalls Suggest That Car Quality Is Improving

If you keep up with car news -- and since you're here, there's a good chance you do -- you noticed plenty of recalls over the last few months. Within the past two weeks alone, Honda, Nissan, BMW, GM, and other automakers have recalled millions of vehicles for safety flaws. At first glance, that...Read More»

2003 Toyota Corolla CE
Airbag Recall Affects 4 Japanese Automakers, BMW, GM

A massive worldwide recall of some 3.4 million vehicles built between 2000 and 2004 for a defective airbag that could catch fire or injure passengers affects at least 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. Included in the safety recall thus far are Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda...Read More»

Older driver
NHTSA Proposes Older Driver, Family Vehicle Safety Ratings

In an effort to provide more relevant and useful vehicle safety ratings for specific audiences, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing two new safety ratings geared toward older drivers and families. In a posting to its website, the NHTSA said it is considering...Read More»

2006 Hyundai Sonata
NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Rust On 2006-2008 Hyundai Sonata

Safety regulators have begun a preliminary evaluation of rust affecting some 393,000 Hyundai Sonata mid-size cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years. This action by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) comes after the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)...Read More»

Older driver
Fitness-to-Drive Identifies At-Risk Older Drivers

Every so often, a politician or advocacy group floats the idea of instituting driver's tests for older drivers. Such ideas have never gained much traction. Maybe that's because organizations like the AARP carry massive political weight. Or maybe it's because younger people don't like the idea of...Read More»

IIHS tests underride guards, aka Mansfield bars
IIHS: Today's "Mansfield Bars" Don't Work So Well (Video)

In the wee hours of June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was being driven to New Orleans in a 1966 Buick Electra. She was sitting up front with her driver and her lover, while her children (including actress-to-be Mariska Hargitay) slept in the back seat. Around 2:30am, Mansfield's car slammed into the...Read More»

2007 Ford Freestar
Ford Recalls 196,500 Minivans Over Rust Issue

In yet another rust issue affecting its minivans, Ford is recalling 196,500 vehicles in the U.S. because corrosion may cause third-row seats to come loose. A report in The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets said the latest Ford minivan rust recall involves certain 2004 through 2007 Ford...Read More»

Chinese safety belt t-shirt
Fashion To Fool The Fuzz: Chinese T-Shirts Look Like Seatbelt Straps

Sometimes, inventions are revolutionary. When the iPhone debuted in 2007, the world let out a collective gasp, as if to say, "Yes, that's just what I've been wanting!" Sometimes, inventions are dull. Ginsu knives and the ShamWow do things that other products do, they just claim to do them better...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda6: Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2013 Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda 6 are all among the latest group of new vehicles to get the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) this week. All four managed to earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, as well as in the roof...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic: First Compact To Earn 'Top Safety Pick+'

If you're shopping for a small, economical car and care about safety, we have a new winner: the 2013 Honda Civic. The 2013 Honda Civic (both in Coupe and Sedan form) has become the first compact car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+)...Read More»

Volvo's updated Active High Beam Control
Volvo's Latest High-Tech Trick: Permanent High-Beam Headlights

For decades, Volvo has staked its reputation on outstanding safety features. But now, nearly all of Volvo's competitors offer arrays of airbags, automated braking systems, and similar gadgetry, forcing Volvo to think further outside the box. In recent years, Volvo engineers have developed curious...Read More»

smoking pot
Pot Smoking Could Affect Driving For Weeks, Researchers Suggest

Does marijuana affect driving safety, and if so, how dangerous are pot-smoking drivers? There’s definitely evidence to suggest recent use might, even at somewhat low levels, increase the chances of an accident. But with recreational use now legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical use...Read More»

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