Car Safety

2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award
2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award

Toyota's mid-size pickup received a 2019 Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced earlier this month. The award comes thanks to a new set of optional headlights that boosted it toward the top of the class in safety. While the 2020 Tacoma crew...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights

The 2020 Lexus RX has received a Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some strategic improvements to its crash structure and an updated set of headlights. For the first time, the 2020 RX swept the insurance watchdog's crashworthiness tests, receiving a...Read More»

2020 Chrysler Voyager
2020 Chrysler Voyager earns top 5-star safety rating from feds

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager minivan earned a top five-star crash test safety rating from the NHTSA, the automaker announced Tuesday. The minivan earned top marks in crash testing that included front impact, side impact, and a battery of other tests. Of the eight tests, the Voyager only scored one...Read More»

2019 Ford Edge
2019 Ford Edge earns the automaker its first IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2019

The 2019 Ford Edge crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS when equipped with certain headlights, marking the first time a Ford vehicle has received the coveted safety distinction for the 2019 model year. “We are really pleased the insurance industry places such a high...Read More»

IIHS tests pedestrian detection in 2019 Hyundai Sonata
Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds

Pedestrian detection systems on six mid-size cars earned top honors from the IIHS on Tuesday for recognizing adults and children in roadways and significantly slowing or stopping altogether to avoid injurious or fatal crashes. Three other mid-size sedans didn't earn a rating because they failed to...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI  (Euro-spec)
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick+

Volkswagen's entry-level family SUV was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ on certain trims with LED headlights. Overall, the compact crossover earned top marks in crash testing regardless of trim. "The 2019 Tiguan earns good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class snags IIHS Top Safety Pick+ trophy—with the right lights

One of the newest crossover SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz family now can be called one of the safest, provided it's outfitted with optional headlights. The IIHS reported on Wednesday that the 2020 Mercedes GLE-Class SUV has earned its Top Safety Pick+ award, so long as the vehicle in question rolled...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
Updated Lexus UX headlights earn Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

Updated headlights on 2019 Lexus UX crossovers earned top scores from the IIHS in recent tests and netted the small luxury crossover a Top Safety Pick+ award. Lexus Enthusiast was the first to report the findings Monday. In May, the IIHS reported that the new Lexus UX, which is related to the...Read More»

NHTSA Logo Large
NHTSA finally plans to get 5-star testing up to speed

New vehicles will have to meet more rigorous safety standards to earn five-star safety ratings doled out by federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday. “American car buyers want safety, and NHTSA wants to help by creating additional market-based...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon earns top crash safety ratings despite poor headlights

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon just missed a Top Safety Pick award due to headlights with either deficient visibility or excessive glare. But when it comes to crashworthiness, the full-size sedan earned the praise of the IIHS, which conducts the most rigorous crash-safety testing of any non-profit...Read More»

2018 Subaru Forester
More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors

Subaru will recall certain Forester crossover SUVs equipped with heated front seats, the company announced this month. A loose electrical connection can cause a malfunction in the occupant detection system (ODS), which detects the relative size of a front-seat passenger. If the ODS doesn't detect a...Read More»

2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)
BMW recalls many of its newer cars, including Toyota Supra, for faulty rearview camera

BMW will recall most of its newer models, including the Toyota Supra, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom, for a rearview camera flaw. The camera settings in those cars can be adjusted to no longer project a rear image when in reverse, and that setting stays the same the next time the vehicle is put...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-9
2019 Mazda 6, 2019 Mazda CX-9 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 crossover both earned Top Safety Pick+ nods from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Mazda announced Monday. Both models aced the organization's crashworthiness and collision avoidance tests (including the passenger-side small overlap test), and models built...Read More»

2020 Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi earns two more Top Safety Picks for Q3 and A7

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Audi two more coveted safety awards, giving the 2019 A7 Sportback its Top Safety Pick nod and the redesigned 2019 Q3 crossover its much-sought-after Top Safety Pick+ recognition. Both awards come with asterisks, however: they were bestowed only...Read More»

AAA tests pedestrian detection systems in 2019 models
Study: Emergency braking with pedestrian detection might not actually detect pedestrians

Cars don’t see as well at night and they don't see well when turning right, according to a report by AAA published on Friday. In simulated testing, vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection could not be relied on to prevent collisions with pedestrians...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV  -  IIHS passenger-side small overlap front test
2019 Chevy Bolt gets a lower safety rating from IIHS

Chevrolet's all-electric Bolt EV received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it debuted for the 2017 model year, but newer models no longer qualify for this coveted title. The Bolt received a "Poor" rating for both of its available headlight configurations...Read More»

2020 Nissan Versa First Drive
Nissan recalls 1.2 million new vehicles for faulty rearview cameras

Nissan has initiated a recall of more than 1.2 million vehicles due to the rearview camera potentially displaying a blank screen when the affected vehicles are put in reverse. The recall campaign covers almost every model sold under both the Nissan brand and luxury subsidiary Infiniti since 2018...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport earns Top Safety Pick

Honda's new midsize two-row SUV has earned the IIHS's Top Safety Pick nod for the 2019 model year, narrowly missing the coveted Top Safety Pick+ recognition. The Honda Passport got high marks in most categories, earning "Good" ratings for driver's side small overlap, moderate front overlap, side...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
What are active safety features and how do they work?

Safety always has been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers...Read More»

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