Car Safety

Report: Memorial Day weekend accidents & fatalities await drivers
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»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: 70% of you talk on the phone while driving (and that's not all)

For untold millennia, people have tried to set good examples for their family, friends, and neighbors. And for just as long, family, friends, and neighbors have been busting such people for doing the very things they've told others not to do. It's one thing to take the "do as I say, not as I do"...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Technology More Important Than Car Color For 77% Of Shoppers

Over the past decade and a half, much of the world has changed the way that it consumes media. We download music in seconds, rather than visiting record shops. We use gadgets like Roku and apps like Sling instead of keeping pricey cable TV subscriptions. And most of us emptied our gloveboxes of...Read More»

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
NHTSA Rollaway Investigation Affects Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Models

Do late-model Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, and Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, have a shift lever that’s so tricky so as to allow inadvertent vehicle roll-away? The federal government is investigating—although based on information provided so far in National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2016 Jeep Renegade
2016 Jeep Renegade Crash-Tested, To Mixed Safety Results

The Jeep Renegade is already into its second model year; yet it hasn't been given a full set of U.S. crash-test ratings until now. And the results, while mostly good, could definitely be better. The federal government has just released full NCAP safety ratings for the 2016 Jeep Renegade—and...Read More»

2016 Honda Civic Sedan (Touring)
Affordable Safety: 2016 Honda Civic Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The 2016 Honda Civic has been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it’s earned top ratings in every respect. That includes the best ‘good’ ratings for moderate and small overlap frontal tests, as well as side impact, head restraints and seats...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Feds Have A Three-Point Plan To Accelerate Rollout Of New Technology In Cars

If you're one of the many folks who's criticized federal agencies for being behind the times on auto issues, we've got good news. The feds have heard you, and they've got a three-point plan to bring themselves -- and automakers -- up speed. SLOW ROLLERS For a while, it seemed as if there wasn't...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
How Will Auto Safety Ratings Change In The Future?

Car safety has evolved at a rapid pace—a pace that likely wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t so carefully monitored by two major safety agencies in the U.S. They’re the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees NCAP testing...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recalled For Fire Risk

If you’ve already brought your 2011 or 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango in for a repair of the headliner or vanity mirror, you might need to have it done once again. The recall is a subset of the one that was announced back in July 2014—that one covering a wider range of...Read More»

Ulrich Hackenberg
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»

2001 Honda Accord Sdn DX
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»

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