Car Safety

The Year In Reverse: The 10 Biggest Car News Stories Of 2015
The Year In Reverse: The 10 Biggest Car News Stories Of 2015

Dieselgate--the VW empire takes an incalculable risk, and a devastating hit It was unusual when, at their home-court auto show in Frankfurt in September, the world's biggest seller of diesels put such a strong focus on electric cars. All became clear the Friday after press days when it was revealed...Read More»

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Takata Airbag Issue: Another Fatality Highlights Urgency Of Recall Fixes

The U.S. federal government has confirmed an eighth death due to schrapnel from Takata airbags—this time, to a teen driver at the wheel of a Honda Accord that was already under recall at the time of the accident, this past summer. That marks the ninth death worldwide attributed to the issue...Read More»

2016 Chrysler 200
Nearly All Domestic-Brand Vehicles Miss 2016 IIHS Top Safety Cut

Domestic brands—like Chevy, Ford, GMC, Dodge, and others—aren’t making the cut for safety. So says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in the latest version of its Top Safety Pick+ list, which helps separate the best from the rest, by considering occupant safety and...Read More»

2016 BMW 3-Series
2016 BMW 3-Series Crash-Tested: Maintains ‘Marginal’ Rating

Luxury sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series may wrap in more safety-technology features than mainstream models the same size; yet you can’t necessarily count on better occupant safety. That’s what a new set of crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) helps...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson, Sonata Earn 5-Star NCAP, IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has now joined the 2016 Hyundai Sonata in being able to claim top five-star federal safety ratings from the federal government. For the Tucson, they complement some especially top-notch results released earlier this fall, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...Read More»

2015 Ford Edge
2015 Ford Edge Earns Mostly Good IIHS Scores, Five-Star NCAP Rating

Safety-minded families now have one more reason to consider the much-improved 2015 Ford Edge: It’s achieved a batch of (mostly) top-tier crash-test ratings. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the 2015 Edge earned top 'good' ratings in four out of five IIHS tests, with...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design
2016 Volvo XC90 Aces IIHS Crash Tests, Safety Ratings

“Swedish safety” has become a bit of a tautology when it comes to vehicles. Whether you’re talking about Volvo, or its now defunct cross-country rival brand, Saab, Swedish-engineered cars, wagons, and crossovers have long set a standard for occupant protection. And so it goes with...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

The federal government recently posted its safety ratings for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, and in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing this fully redesigned sporty sedan earned perfect five-star occupant safety scores in all areas—including the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover...Read More»

2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V Achieves (Mostly) Five-Star Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V has earned a five-star rating, overall, in federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-testing. However its results aren’t quite top-tier. In frontal crash testing (35 mph into a fixed barrier), the HR-V was able to achieve just four stars for both male-size occupants...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot Given Top Safety Rating By IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test ratings for the 2016 Honda Pilot, and this spacious seven-passenger sport-utility vehicle is already looking like a great pick—as it’s always been—for safety-conscious families. The Pilot, which has been...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf R  -  Driven, January 2015
2016 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta Earn Top Safety Credentials From IIHS

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf hatchback models, the Golf SportWagen, and the Volkswagen Jetta sedans have all been placed in the top safety tier offered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one of the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests. Each of these models (now fully including...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design
Deliveries Halted On 2016 Volvo XC90 Due To Airbag Issue

Volvo Cars is preparing a recall for the 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover utility vehicle, for an issue that may prevent the side curtain airbags from functioning as intended. In XC90 models produced so far—all worldwide with the seven-seat, third-row layout, actually—a trim panel could...Read More»

2016 Audi Q3
2016 Audi Q3 Aces Crash Tests, Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

The U.S. luxury-vehicle market is changing—and downsizing—rapidly; and the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the upcoming, redesigned 2016 BMW X1 are some of the best examples of this trend. With any of these vehicles, you can get luxurious vehicle that’s probably a better fit...Read More»

Samsung Safety Truck
Samsung Creates A See-Through 18-Wheeler To Curb Highway Collisions

The world is filled with two-lane highways that make overtaking vehicles difficult, if not downright dangerous. The situation gets worse when 18-wheelers are added to the equation, since drivers trailing them have a tougher time seeing oncoming traffic. The problem is particularly pronounced in...Read More»

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U.S. Road Deaths Are Falling, But Here's Where They're On The Rise

Yes, we’re getting safer, and road deaths are falling (slightly), both in the U.S. and over a broad group of countries that are working together to improve safety. Yet there’s no resting on laurels here. The projected reduction in U.S. road fatalities is less than a tenth of a percent...Read More»

Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Insurer: Braking Style ‘Highly Predictive’ Of Accident Risk

Insurance companies gather a lot of information. Age, gender, the car you drive, your driving record, your zip code, and your credit rating (where it’s legal): It all influences insurance rates—and your relative risk, as insurers see it. Placing bets on our likelihood of an accident is...Read More»

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Takata Airbag Recall Doubles: At 34 Million Cars, Now Largest In History

Following an order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the airbag manufacturer Takata has agreed to expand its recall of airbag inflators—effectively doubling the scope of a recall pertaining to potentially injurious or deadly shrapnel-prone airbag deployment...Read More»

2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Crash Tests: U.S. Agencies Weigh In

The federal government has released crash-test results and ratings for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And while the results are good, the C-Class misses the top five-star overall rating. In frontal impact the C-Class earns four stars out of five—due to a four-star performance for...Read More»

2015 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano Aces Small Overlap Crash Test As FCA Crossovers Flub

The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano has earned top ‘good’ results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the group’s latest release of crash-test ratings. Among a group of seven crossover and SUV models recently tested, the Murano was the top-performing vehicle...Read More»

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