Car Safety

Do you research safety ratings when you buy a new car? Our poll results
Do you research safety ratings when you buy a new car? Our poll results

Depending on your point of view, the internet can be an information superhighway, or it can be the express lane into the dark, bottomless, timesucking hole of Facebook. Based on some responses to a recent Twitter poll, we have a hunch about which camp our readers belong to. Earlier this week, we...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
IIHS calls 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica earned the highest marks from the IIHS in crash safety for any minivan yet, the insurance-funded agency announced Tuesday. The Pacifica earned the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award, the first rating for the new minivan from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. ALSO SEE: Sorry, Lyft...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius recalled for airbag problem

Toyota is recalling approximately 7,600 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., all of which were made for the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the airbags assemblies on some off those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured, and as a result, the airbags may partially inflate while...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
How do you respond when your car is recalled? There's no consensus, it turns out

If you own a car built in the last decade, odds are that an envelope has arrived in your mailbox that announces a voluntary recall to address something—whether it's something as innocuous as an errant warning light or as serious as a faulty engine component. But, as our recent poll indicates...Read More»

2017 Lincoln MKZ
2017 Lincoln MKZ earns coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Lincoln's smallest sedan has been awarded a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the independent agency's top marks for crashworthiness. But the award to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes after the automaker made structural changes to the luxury sedan. When it was first tested...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Automatic crash braking systems aren't all the same, says AAA

As automakers race to make automatic emergency braking standard in more new cars, the nation's largest automobile owners club says not all systems are designed the same. In controlled testing, AAA announced this week that different automatic emergency braking systems in cars could help prevent...Read More»

‘Graham’ - Sculpture that represents a human evolved to survive car crashes
What a human evolved to withstand a car crash might look like

When it comes to auto safety, advocates Down Under really know how to drive a point home. A couple of years ago, the New Zealand Transport Agency (which is roughly equivalent to America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), created an emotionally powerful video about the dangers of...Read More»

Smart Fortwo vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class crash test
U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015. All told, NHTSA believes that some 35,200 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and...Read More»

Pro Trailer Backup Assist  -  in 2016 Ford F-150
Is it time to get rid of rear-view and side-view mirrors?

For several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working on a plan that would require all new cars to come with backup cameras--the kind that project rear-views on display screens, often on a vehicle's center stack. When that rule goes into effect on May 1, 2018, it'll...Read More»

2003 Honda Pilot EX
NHTSA to 300,000 Honda, Acura owners: Don't drive cars until airbags are replaced (breaking)

If you own any of the following list of cars, the NHTSA has an urgent message for you. DO NOT drive them until you get the airbag replaced. CHECK OUT: Honda Accord's turns 40, somehow still looks better than the rest of us These cars have an extremely high risk of their airbags exploding, the...Read More»

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Report: Memorial Day weekend accidents & fatalities await drivers

Many Americans are in the midst of preparing for a long Memorial Day weekend. According to the nonprofit National Safety Council, the holiday's name is grimly ironic, as accidents and fatalities are set to soar. For more than a century, the Council has kept tabs on safety stats in America's...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Aveo (Mexico)
In Latin America, why are some automakers skimping on safety?

In today’s U.S. car market, any passenger vehicle you choose meets a minimum for keeping you and your family safe. While the amount of active-safety wizardry offered in new vehicles does vary significantly, you can be assured that your vehicle will have stability control systems and anti-lock...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
Ford F-150 tops pickup crash-test ratings; Ram 1500 needs improvement

Full-size pickup trucks, some might argue, have squared up the past few years. The competition is tight, and they're ever closer in profile, appearance, and size, and hauling ability. Yet safety is proving to be an important differentiating factor. There are some very different body structures and...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring
2016 Toyota Prius crash-tested, earns top safety ratings

The fourth generation of the Toyota Prius has only been on sale for a few months. Yet with the release this week of federal crash-test results, and of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results just last week, we now have a pretty good picture of the safety of this new...Read More»

BMW EnLighten app integration
App demystifies stoplight timing; could it ease your commute?

Would you regularly use an app that can advise you whether or not you’ll make that next traffic light along your route? Live data from traffic lights will soon be used by vehicles’ onboard navigation systems, so that they’ll be able to advise you on your speed to best glide...Read More»

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class MULTIBEAM LED headlights
Luxury vehicles flub headlight test, yet Toyota Prius V shines

Automakers would like to convince you that headlights keep getting better, and that more expensive luxury vehicles and their headlight upgrades are worth the premium, delivering better vision and visibility. Yet if you’re thinking that those top-technology headlamps you opted for with your...Read More»

Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy in the 1983 hacking classic WAR GAMES
FBI & NHTSA say car hacking is real, offer tips to keep you safe

Worried about your car being hacked? The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are, too, and they've published some handy tips to keep you and your ride safe. A changing world Not so long ago, hacking cars was an unfeasible endeavor--or at least...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Fiat Chrysler commits to automatic emergency braking—and radar sensors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will join 19 automakers in signing an auto-industry commitment to implement automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology. The pact, originally drafted in December by Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Most Americans are afraid of autonomous cars, even though many already drive them

A new study from AAA says that 75 percent of motorists are afraid of self-driving cars, and only 20 percent would trust an autonomous vehicle to chauffeur them around town. The funny thing is, even though fully autonomous cars haven't yet rolled into showrooms, many drivers already own cars with...Read More»

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