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Toyota Recalling Some RAV4, Highlander Models For Airbag Issue
Toyota Recalling Some RAV4, Highlander Models For Airbag Issue

Toyota has announced that it will recall some 2007 and 2008 RAV4 models, along with some 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, to replace a potentially defective airbag sensor assembly. The issue concerns the vehicles' roll-sensing side-curtain airbag system; the failure of one of...Read More»

2006 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson
Ford To Announce Expanded F-150 Recall

Yielding to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford has agreed to recall an additional 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks for potential problems with their airbag system. The NHTSA has received nearly 300 reports of accidental airbag deployment in 2004 to 2006...Read More»

2007 Cadillac CTS
2005-2007 Cadillac CTS Recalled For Airbag Seat-Sensor Issue

Due to concerns that front-passenger airbags might not deploy when needed, General Motors is recalling about 109,000 Cadillac CTS models from the 2005-2007 model years. A kink or fold in the 'front passenger presence system mat'—a sensor pad in the seat that detects when someone is seated...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Five-Star Scores Confirm It's A Safety Leader

A full range of U.S. crash-test results for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are now officially available, and just as GM had anticipated, this new compact sedan gets top scores in each test—including, now, an excellent five-star overall rating from the federal government. Actually, the 2011...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
Side Airbags, Economy Woes Countering Distracted-Driving Hazards

Despite ongoing concerns about distracted driving and its negative affects on road safety, road fatalities have fallen by 22 percent from 2005 to 2009. In fact, last year they were the lowest overall since 1954 and the lowest ever when adjusted for miles traveled. How can this be so? According to...Read More»

2010 Volvo S80
Volvo Recalls 2010, 2011 Models For Airbag Failure

Volvo North America is recalling a number of passenger vehicles due to a problem with the driver's side airbag system. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the flaw affects several vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years, and it could lead to...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda Recalls 2010 Accord Crosstour For Airbag Issue

Some 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour vehicles are being recalled for an issue with the front passenger airbag. According to Honda, on 3,336 Crosstours the airbag module doesn't meet a federal regulation that required it to be tested (for airbag deployment) with an unbelted six-year-old-sized crash-test...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Makes The Global Safety Honor Roll

Small-car safety especially has come a long way. And while, by driving a smaller, lighter vehicle you'll still be at a disadvantage in certain situations, some of today's small cars with top marks—like the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze—can assure the security of a much larger vehicle. As we...Read More»

2010 Nissan Xterra
Recall Affects 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, Frontier

Nissan is recalling 4,038 sport-utility vehicles and pickups that might have left the factory without properly tightened fasteners. The recall only pertains to 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, and Frontier models manufactured within a rather narrow period: between February 22 and March 13, 2010. In...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz ESF Safety Car: More, Better, Smarter Airbags!

Last summer we wrote briefly about the Mercedes-Benz ESF-2009 experimental safety concept vehicle, including its remarkable under-car airbag, which deploys only during a crash to help slow it down. It's a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid full-size luxury sedan that's been fitted with several new and...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Black Box Recorders Might Prove Useful In Toyota Cases

If you have a vehicle that's less than five years old, it likely has a black-box data recorder that—like it or not—is making a running log of what's going on. That includes Toyotas—some going all the way back to 2001—and yes, those covered by the recalls. And depending on how the courts...Read More»

Airbags
IIHS: Newer Frontal Airbags Compromising Protection?

We always think of safety features as progressing forward, but that isn't always the case. In a new research paper, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the latest generation of frontal airbags isn't doing as good of a job protecting drivers who have belted up as the generation...Read More»

2003 Acura TL
Honda Adds 378,758 Cars To Its Airbag Recall

In November 2008, around the same time that Big Three automakers were making repeat visits to Washington to request federal support, Honda began having troubles of its own -- specifically, troubles with airbags in the 2001 Honda Accord and Honda Civic. The company immediately issued a recall for...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Azera
Hyundai Azera Recalled For Seatbelt/Airbag Malfunction

Over 65,000 Hyundai Azeras from model years 2006 - 2009 are being recalled due to a malfunction in the driver's-side seatbelt, which can affect deployment of the driver's airbag. In a nutshell: the wiring harness on the seatbelt's tension sensor may get damaged over time, and if the tension sensor...Read More»

2005 Ford F-150 Lariat
NHTSA Opens Ford F-150 Airbag Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened an investigation regarding inadvertent airbag deployment on some Ford F-150 pickups. In the eight consumer complaints that prompted the investigation, the driver airbag had deployed unexpectedly...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Impala
Think You Get Side Airbags On A Used Car? Don't Be So Sure.

You thought you got a great deal on a nearly new vehicle that was used as a company car. Yet weeks or months later, you find out that it doesn’t actually have the side bags on board. With any luck, you’ll find that out before serious accident or injury, or before signing on the dotted line in...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

2001 Honda Accord Sdn EX
Honda Expands Airbag Recall For Accord, Civic, Acura TL

If you own a Honda Accord—and there are plenty of you out there, it being a longtime mid-size sedan favorite—there’s a small chance that your airbag might detonate with an unpleasant bonus: some shrapnel. In some isolated incidents in specific Hondas and Acuras made earlier this decade...Read More»

Mercedes Benz ESF 2009 Prototype Experimental Safety Vehicle
Video: Mercedes-Benz And The 'Braking Bag'

Last week, we mentioned some of the high-tech safety features of the Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009 S400 Hybrid experimental safety vehicle. But in addition to the PRE-SAFE crash detection system and the car's intriguing "inflatable metal" structure, there's also a full range of bags and bolsters to...Read More»

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