Car Safety

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

Car crash
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»

2016 Acura RLX
2016 Acura RLX: Top Crash-Test Ratings In Every Category

Considering results just released from the federal government, the 2016 Acura RLX is looking like one of the safest bets you could make on a full-size luxury sedan. In federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), the...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
Ford Recalls Recent Fiesta, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ For Door-Latch Issue

Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] is recalling about 390,000 vehicles from the 2012 through 2014 model years for an issue with the door latches. CHECK OUT: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 According to Ford, a “broken pawl spring tab” could either prevent the door from latching or allow the...Read More»

2015 Kia Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona: Crash-Test Ratings Now All In, And Excellent

The 2015 Kia Sedona has been crash-tested by the federal government for occupant protection, and with its mostly top-tier Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS) ratings already in as well, safety ratings for this fully redesigned minivan now jump past those of some key rivals. ALSO SEE: 2015 Ford...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: First Crash-Test Ratings For Aluminum-Bodied Truck

The 2015 Ford F-150 makes some great leaps ahead, with its aluminum-intensive, aerospace-styled construction, fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, and tech-loaded cabin. But the safety of this aluminum-bodied F-150 has been an open question—until now, with the release of full crash-test...Read More»

Toyota Pre-Collision System
Toyota Adding Affordable Auto-Braking Systems: An Active-Safety Tipping Point?

Toyota recently announced plans to make what has been a rather exclusive kind of active-safety system a lot more accessible—by making affordable auto-braking systems available on most of its model lines within the next year. While such systems—the kind that will help slow you for an...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Genesis IIHS Top Safety Pick+
The Safest Vehicles Of 2015

Safety is no longer a back-burner priority for new-car shoppers. Across most types of vehicle shoppers, it’s one of the top concerns. Many families, as we recommend, start their shopping process by weeding out potential vehicles that simply don’t make the cut in occupant safety...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Ford Recalls 2011-2013 Explorer For Door Latches; Hearses, Ambulances For Other Issues

Ford Motor Co. is recalling some 2011-2013 Ford Explorer models, as well as Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, for an issue that may prevent the door from staying latched in a side-impact crash. The recall affects 212,911 vehicles—including 194,484 for the U.S.—built at the...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Miss Five-Star Safety Ratings

GM’s new mid-size pickups, the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, offer more available safety features than rival models like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. But do they have above-and-beyond occupant protection? Some results have been released by the federal government, and...Read More»

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