Car Safety

36,750 people died on US roads in 2018, a slight decline
36,750 people died on US roads in 2018, a slight decline

In a year-over-year analysis, vehicle traffic fatalities dropped slightly in 2018 compared to 2017. Although 36,750 people are estimated to have died on U.S. roads last year, the figure is down 1 percent from 2017 figures. The Department of Transportation and NHTSA compiled the statistics and...Read More»

2019 Mazda MAZDA6
2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. Mazda's mid-size sedan earned the accolade when equipped with optional headlights, as is often the case for vehicles that win the award. However, the 6 fell short of the Top Safety Pick+ award because even...Read More»

2016 Jeep Wrangler
FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA

The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the calculated rollover...Read More»

Child seat installation Photo: IIHS
IIHS: Toyota, Subaru top for child car seat ease of use

Toyota and Subaru earned top marks from the IIHS for the way their cars can handle child seats. The insurance industry-funded safety body said the two Japanese brands tied for the most "Good+" ratings, which is the highest ranking a vehicle can earn on the federal government's hardware scale...Read More»

ZF external airbag system
German firm tests external airbag for side-impact crashes

German automotive supplier ZF revealed its external airbag system Wednesday and said that the experimental safety feature has the ability to shield passengers and protect them to a greater extent in a side-impact crash. The system operates exactly like how it sounds. External airbags deploy on the...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra score four-star NHTSA crash-test rating

The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra earned four-star overall ratings in the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests and measurements, a downgrade from the five-star rating the feds bestowed upon last year's version of the trucks. The government agency measures safety on a five-star rating...Read More»

2012 Buick Enclave
NHTSA begins investigation into GM SUV seat belt failures

The NHTSA last week opened an investigation into 1.4 million General Motors crossover SUVs after reports that an earlier recall may not have fixed faulty seat belt cables. The probe surrounds faulty seat belts that were supposedly fixed in a 2014 recall for 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
2019 Hyundai Veloster earns Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS subjected the 2019 Hyundai Veloster to its barrage of crash tests for a second time. With optional headlights, the 2019 Veloster is rated a Top Safety Pick. The results come after an earlier test where the driver's door opened following impact with a barrier. The problem could lead to an...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. A Top Safety Pick+ is the insurance industry-funded group's highest accolade. The safety body put the sport sedan through its slew of tests and the car...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
Nonprofit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

In a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed Monday in a...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn...Read More»

Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system
New tech could alert drivers to potholes

Future cars may be able to tell drivers in cars behind them when to slow down to avoid potholes or other road hazards. Mitsubishi Electronics and Here Technologies collaborated on the new lane hazard warning system, which debuted Wednesday in concept form and aims to tell drivers of road hazards...Read More»

2020 Volvo XC90
Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers

Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. The brand announced Tuesday its Volvo Car Accident Advisor, which delivers an essential checklist to a driver's smartphone if the vehicle detects it has been in a crash. The feature will be available to all 2015.5 and...Read More»

Brake and accelerator pedals of 2013 Tesla Model S  [photo: David Noland]
NHTSA backtracks, won't mandate brake override systems

The NHTSA on Monday said that it doesn't plan to follow through with a promise it made seven years ago to make brake override systems mandatory on new cars, a move applauded by automakers that have already installed the feature. The Trump administration's decision to scrap the mandate proposed...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 earns top marks from IIHS

The redesigned 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback models earned Top Safety Picks following IIHS crash tests, the insurance industry-funded testing agency said Thursday. The IIHS put both versions of the redesigned Mazda 3 through its slew of tests, and both the sedan and hatchback aced each crash...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-9
NHTSA investigates Mazda CX-9 for unintended airbag deployment

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV after two reports of airbags deploying unexpectedly while the vehicles were moving. According to documents posted to the government organization's website Monday, CX-9 owners complained that both the left and right side-curtain...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Fire risk prompts Chevrolet, GMC to recall 324K heavy duty pickup trucks

General Motors last week issued a recall for 324,266 Chevrolet and GMC heavy duty pickup trucks because they could catch fire. Both the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD heavy duty pickups with the optional engine-block heater could be at risk of a...Read More»

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