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Nissan's Autonomous Steering System Dodges Danger For You
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»

2005 Honda Pilot EX
2005 Honda Pilot Probed For Braking, Steering Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun a preliminary investigation into certain 2005 model year Honda Pilot SUVs for potential braking and steering issues. An estimated 87,803 Honda Pilots from the 2005 model year may be involved. The Office of Defects Investigation...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Studied For Faulty Steering Columns

Just days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation into alleged shattering sunroofs in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the agency began a new probe to investigate the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe for a steering column defect. Details of the preliminary...Read More»

Exploding counterfeit airbag - NHTSA
Feds: Counterfeit Airbags Pose Extreme Safety Risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory this week, warning of the “extreme safety risk” posed by counterfeit airbags. These phony airbags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts, the agency said. They even have...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Phony Airbags: What To Do If You Have Them On Your Car

As we mentioned yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an alert to U.S. car owners, warning them that their car could be carrying counterfeit airbags. Although NHTSA says that no deaths or injuries have been associated with the recently discovered glut of fake...Read More»

Nissan's Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication technology
Nissan's New Safety Tech Knows When You Hit The Gas By Mistake

You've probably heard of "Brake Assist", the in-car technology that automatically slows a vehicle when the onboard computer senses that a collision is imminent. You've probably also heard of "Lane Assist", which lets drivers know when they've drifted out of their travel lane. Now, Nissan has...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles For Faulty Power-Window Switch

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving some 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a faulty power-window switch that could melt and lead to a fire. Worldwide, the safety recall involves 7.4 million vehicles, marking the largest recall in Toyota’s 75-year history. The...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Subject of NHTSA Probe Into Shattering Sunroofs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports alleging that the panoramic sunroofs on certain 2012 model year Hyundai Veloster compact cars suddenly shattered without warning. The agency’s office of defects investigation (ODI)...Read More»

2003 Honda Odyssey
NHTSA Investigating 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey, Pilot For Alleged Ignition Interlock Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into alleged ignition interlock failures involving 577,100 Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV models from the 2003 and 2004 model years. A report in the Wall Street Journal says the “alleged...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES: Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just designated four 2013 models as Top Safety Picks. Included are the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan, Subaru XV Crosstrek small wagon, Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV, and the Lexus ES mid-size luxury car. The Top Safety Pick is the IIHS’s...Read More»

2003 Honda Accord
Honda Accord Recall Adds 572,000 Vehicles To Tally For Faulty Hoses, Fire Risk

Honda is expanding a May 2012 recall of the Accord V-6 to include an additional 572,000 vehicles. The additional vehicles include some from the 2003 to 2007 model years, equipped with V-6 engines and sold in the United States. The automaker says on its website that over time, the power steering...Read More»

2012 Nissan Frontier
2012 Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra: Recall Alert

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra two-wheel-drive vehicles for an issue with front-wheel hubs. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at...Read More»

yellow light
Stop Or Go: What Do You Do At Yellow Lights?

No matter how many years you’ve been driving, you’ve likely encountered situations where you need to make a decision about what to do at a yellow light. Depending on where and when you drive most regularly, you may experience this on a frequent basis. The question becomes: do you stop...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Sonic
2013 Chevrolet Sonic: Recall Alert

General Motors is conducting a safety recall of certain 2013 model year Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars due to problems with the turn signal lamp. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at 4,716. Affected...Read More»

smart headlights
Ten Safety Technologies Most Helpful For Mature Drivers, Study

The Golden Years may be the best time of our lives or not, but when it comes to getting behind the wheel and continuing to drive, some mature drivers may need a little help to do so safely. No, we’re not talking about adaptive equipment here, but increasingly popular safety technologies that...Read More»

2012 Ford Edge
Ford Recalls 2012 Edge Crossover For Fire Risk

In yet another safety recall for a potential fire risk in one of its vehicles, Ford is voluntarily recalling certain 2012 model year Edge crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
2013 Volvo S60, XC60 Recalled For Airbag Defect

Volvo Cars of North America is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2013 model year S60 sport sedans and XC60 crossovers for an airbag defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of affected vehicles as nine. The problem...Read More»

Teen Driver - Ed Cunicelli, courtesy The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Why Not A Designated Texter For Teen Drivers?

Sometimes a good idea comes along that takes some time to gain traction. In a stepped-up effort to discourage distracted driving, a new campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging drivers who simply can’t or won’t decouple themselves from texting...Read More»

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