Car Safety

“Driver Assists” Channel Makes YouTube Debut
“Driver Assists” Channel Makes YouTube Debut

As consumers flocked to the Los Angeles Auto Show to gaze and get up close and personal with the bevy of all-new, redesigned and concept cars on display, the Auto Alliance made a little news of its own, announcing the debut of a “Driver Assists” channel on YouTube. What in the world is...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic EX-L sedan
2012 Honda Civic Recalled For Steering Column Flaw

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2012 model-year Civic compact cars to fix a problem with the steering column. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of Civics potentially affected at just 157. Affected...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape, Fusion Recalled For Fire Risk (UPDATED)

Ford [NYSE:F] will recall about 89,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs and 2013 Ford Fusion cars equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines over concerns about a fire risk. About 80,000 Escape and Fusion models are affected in the United States. According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall...Read More»

2013 Audi A4
2013 Audi A4, S4, Buick Verano Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The 2013 Audi A4, Audi S4 and Buick Verano compact luxury sedans have each earned the coveted five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2013 Audi A4 and its sporty model the S4 earned five stars in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus
2013 Ford Focus: Five Stars, And One Of The Safest Compact Cars

The 2013 Ford Focus has earned an excellent five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which, when factored together with its Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ranks it soundly in the top tier for U.S...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Seatbelt Usage Hits All-Time High, Thanks In Part To Southern Drivers

In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that fewer Americans used their seatbelts in 2011. According to NHTSA, the percentage of drivers and passengers wearing the safety devices slipped from 85% to 84%. At first glance, that change might seem insignificant, but 1% of...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Honda Details, Demos Next-Gen Accident-Avoidance Technology

Two upcoming Honda Motor Co. safety systems set their sights toward a ten-year 'zero collisions' goal that includes a new generation of accident avoidance as well as, eventually, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and road-to-vehicle communication. One of these interim steps is Honda's Autonomous...Read More»

Drowsy driver - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
AAA Study Finds Young Drivers Nodding Off Behind The Wheel

Among the unsafe behaviors teen drivers display behind the wheel, nodding off while driving – which hasn’t received nearly enough attention – ranks right up there as potentially deadly. Now, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that one in seven licensed...Read More»

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Chrysler Recalls 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty SUVs For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs due to concerns over unintended deployment of airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website says that the recall involves 200-2004 Jeep Grand...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan just received the Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The criteria for earning the designation include receiving “Good” ratings in offset frontal impact, side impact, side impact dynamic head restraint and...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord Coupe
Honda, Acura Windows Don't Open Automatically When Vehicle Is Submerged

Tuesday morning, residents across the Northeast began assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy. One of those folks -- Reggie Thomas -- stepped outside to discover that the windows on his 2011 Honda were down, and Sandy had left roughly 12 inches of rainwater inside the vehicle. In speaking to the...Read More»

2003 Ford Taurus SES Standard
NHTSA Studies 2000-2003 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable For Stuck Throttles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of unintended acceleration in 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable mid-size sedans. In its preliminary evaluation, PE-12033 (PDF), the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says that...Read More»

Volvo's Autonomous Driving Support
Volvo's Traffic Jam Tech Lets You Cruise Through Commutes

If you keep up with car news, you're probably familiar with adaptive cruise control, which works like regular cruise control, but with the added benefit of slowing your vehicle when the car in front of you decelerates. You're likely familiar with lane-assist technology, too, which sounds an alert...Read More»

2007 BMW 7-Series 750i
BMW Recalls 2005-2007 7-Series To Fix Software Glitch

BMW is conducting a voluntary recall of certain 2005 through 2007 7-Series sedans to fix a software problem that may allow the doors to open, even when they appear to be closed. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) program
Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology, On The Road In Germany

Last week, Dykema released results from its 2012 Automotive Institute Survey, which polled 100 auto executives about their thoughts on the industry's future. Among the most interesting findings was the fact that respondents seemed more interested in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology --...Read More»

2013 Jeep Patriot
2011-2012 Jeep Patriot Models Investigated For Stalling Issue

Late-model Jeep Patriot compact crossovers may have an issue with stalling, and federal safety officials are looking into a series of complaints. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a Defect Investigation on Jeep Patriot utility vehicles from the 2011 and...Read More»

Infiniti's M35hL extended wheelbase hybrid sedan, from the 2012 Beijing Auto Show
Nissan's 'Steer-By-Wire' System, Coming To Infiniti In 2013

Nissan has unveiled a lot of new technologies over the past week, including its "Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication" and "Autonomous Emergency Steering System". Now, there's another to report -- one that will benefit drivers during their everyday travels, not just during emergencies. It's...Read More»

Nissan's Autonomous Emergency Steering System
Nissan's Autonomous Steering System Dodges Danger For You

Nissan has been on a high-tech run the past several days. On Friday, the automaker announced its "Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication" system, which can apply the brakes when drivers hit the gas by mistake. And on Monday, we heard about a new rear-facing camera on the 2013 Altima that warns...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 350
2013 Lexus ES, GS Flunk Emergency Trunk Release Tests

The 2013 Lexus ES and GS luxury sedans may have a defective emergency interior trunk release that could be a trap risk for trunk occupants, according to Consumer Reports. The flaw was discovered by accident by Jake Fisher, one of the publication’s testers, during an evaluation of the two...Read More»

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