Car Safety

2015 Subaru WRX Is A Top Safety Pick
2015 Subaru WRX Is A Top Safety Pick

The 2015 Subaru WRX is just one double apex away from a street-legal rally car. And now news from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) might be cause for even more temptation to, yes, convince your spouse that one could double as responsible family transportation. ALSO SEE: Jeep...Read More»

Distracted driving
Decide To Drive Wants "Wreckless" Driving

Backseat drivers are annoying, but then again, so are distracted drivers. Fortunately, there is a distracted driving prevention program called Decide to Drive that now helps you try to prevent the latter without becoming the former. Decide to Drive is sponsored by American Academy of Orthopaedic...Read More»

IIHS shows how it documents crash tests
Lights, Camera, Crash: Agency Shows How They Film Vehicle Tests

It's like making a movie. Vehicle crash tests are over in a fraction of a second. And while it's useful to study the aftermath of a crash—and to know from advanced crash-test dummies about the forces on occupants—what gives a greater depth of information and understanding about how well...Read More»

Volvo inflatable child seat
Volvo's New Child Car Seat Concept: Lightweight, Inflatable, Military-Grade

Volvo is usually at the cutting edge of vehicle safety with advanced technologies, but when it came to creating a safer and less bulky child seat, it stayed relatively low tech. Check out the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, which is an attempt at trying to create a car seat that is lightweight and...Read More»

Checking tire pressure - AAA
Half Of U.S. Drivers Don't Recognize Tire-Pressure Warning Light

Driving with properly inflated tires makes cars safer and more efficient, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are designed to help alert drivers to underinflated tires. The only problem is that a study funded by Shrader International – the company that makes tire inflation valve stems...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Top Crash Ratings For Midsize SUVs

With its 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and 2014 GMC Terrain midsize crossover utility vehicles, General Motors [NYSE: GM] stands at the top of the latest round of crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Only those two models, plus one additional model, the 2014 Toyota...Read More»

2002 Ford Escape XLS Value
Ford Recalling Escape For Corrosion, Newer Models For Seat Issue

A corrosion issue has prompted the recall of almost 386,000 Ford utility vehicles that are now ten years old or more. In 2001-2004 Ford Escape models, rear subframes could rust, potentially causing the control arm to separate. Such a failure could cause the loss of steering control. MUST WATCH...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Ahead Of CEO's Testimony, GM Recalls 1.3M Cars For Steering Issue

On the eve of GM CEO Mary Barra's appearance before hearing a U.S. House subcommittee, GM [NYSE: GM] announced that it would recall an additional 1.3 million vehicles for an issue that might result in the sudden loss of power-steering assist. In the affected vehicles, which have electric power...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns IIHS 'Top Safety Pick Plus' Distinction

The affordable mid-size category now includes one more top safety performer: the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. Chevy's mid-size sedan has earned top 'good' scores in every category of testing—ranking it among a group of top-tier safety performers that includes the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda 6...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS
GM Stops Sales Of 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze: What's Affected?

If you're looking to take home a new Chevy Cruze, you might be out of luck for a few extra days; GM [NYSE: GM] has issued a stop-sale of the popular compact sedan—meaning essentially that no further deliveries can be made until are inspected and repaired as necessary. The issue, reportedly...Read More»

Distracted-driving texters caught in the act  -  TWITSpotting.com
Public Shaming With Billboards: Any Less Likely To Text And Drive?

Imagine going out on the town with the boss, and seeing... yourself, caught in the act, texting while driving. That's what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a graphic designer, Brian Singer, has received a lot of media attention for purchasing space on Billboards to share his...Read More»

2015 Audi A3 Sedan
2015 Audi A3: Crash Results Show It's A Very Safe Small Sedan

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test results for the new 2015 Audi A3, and the new compact luxury sedan takes one of the top positions among all vehicles tested—with the agency's Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating. As the IIHS points out, the A3 is the...Read More»

2006 Chevrolet HHR
GM Ramps Up To Fix Recalled Cars, Turns To Rental Companies For Loaners

General Motors [NYSE: GM] is ramping up its recall logistics ahead of efforts to remedy the recall of 1.6 million older GM vehicles for faulty ignition switches—by securing vehicles from some leading rental-car companies. Under agreements entered with Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis, rental cars...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan Rogue Named A Top Safety Pick Plus—But Not Rogue Select

The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle hasn't been on the market long; but it's already earned a top-tier score from one of the major U.S. safety organizations—in this case, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Rogue managed the insurance-funded...Read More»

2014 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec
2014 Hyundai Veloster: Five Stars In Federal Crash-Testing

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has been awarded a top five-star Overall rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Looking at individual test results, the Veloster earned four stars in the Frontal Crash category and five stars in the Side Crash category. That included...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers

Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, Hybrid: (Mostly) Top Safety Scores From Feds

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released full crash-test results and safety scores for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek—and for the most part they're good, with top five-star Overall results as well as five stars for side impact. These results extend to the 2014...Read More»

2014 Audi A6 3.0T
2014 Audi A6: New Ratings Suggest It's One Of The Safest Sedans

The Audi A6 has been crash-tested by the federal government for the first time in more than 15 years, and it's achieved top five-star scores in all categories of testing. That includes top scores for the 2014 A6 in every single subcategory of testing, too—like the side pole rating, and...Read More»

NHTSA's mandatory label for safety recall notices
NHTSA Creates Mandatory Label For Recall Notices To Keep You From Throwing Them Away

Our inboxes are overflowing with email, and the U.S. Postal Service is dying a slow, agonizing death (inspiring wacky plans for the P.O. to begin making payday-style loans). And yet, huge volumes of junk still slide through our mail slots every single week. In fact, many days, junk is all we...Read More»

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