Car Safety

Hands-free safety? IIHS to assess semi-autonomous driving systems
Hands-free safety? IIHS to assess semi-autonomous driving systems

The IIHS will be the first independent safety agency to test the safety of hands-free driving systems, the insurance-industry funded group announced Thursday. The IIHS said that none of the semi-autonomous systems currently offered by automakers meets the criteria to earn a "Good" rating. The...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
Loose windshield prompts recall of Hyundai Santa Fe, Elantra, and Sonata

Newer Hyundai models may have a loose windshield that can let in water and wind, the automaker disclosed to the NHTSA last week. The issue prompted the recall of certain 2020-2021 Santa Fe crossover SUVs, the 2021 Sonata mid-size sedan, and the 2021 Elantra compact sedan. The models are all...Read More»

2022 Ford F-150
Ford F-150 recalled for two separate issues

Ford announced last month two recalls of the bestselling Ford F-150 pickup truck. The first and larger recall involves new Ford F-150 pickup trucks in crew cab configurations equipped with four-wheel drive and the 5.5-foot short bed. Certain 2021-2022 models equipped with the 302A equipment group...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3
Tesla recalls all 2017-2020 Model 3 electric cars

Tesla will recall all 2017-2020 Model 3 electric sedans due to a malfunctioning rearview camera, the NHTSA disclosed Monday. The issue with the country's bestselling electric vehicle stems from the trunk design more than the camera itself. The trunk harness holds a coaxial cable that provides the...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
GM, Stellantis lag rivals in equipping cars with standard automatic emergency braking

More automakers have complied with a voluntary pledge to equip 95% of the vehicles they produce with automatic emergency braking (AEB), the IIHS reported Friday. Ford and Honda, as well as their respective luxury brands, Lincoln and Acura, bring the number of automakers to 12 out of 20 to comply...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-5
Mazda recalls most models for faulty fuel pump

A fuel pump failure has prompted Mazda to recall 121,038 vehicles across its lineup, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The impeller in low-pressure fuel pumps can deform, causing the pump to fail and the affected vehicles to not start or to stall at low speeds and, in rare instances, at high speeds...Read More»

2019 Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry recalled for braking issue

A faulty vacuum pump can cause certain Toyota Camry sedans to lose braking power and increase the risk of a crash, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. Toyota will recall 227,490 Camrys from the 2018-2019 model years to fix the problem. A vane cap in the vacuum pump can degrade prematurely in vehicles...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3
Tesla OTA triggers false emergency braking, causes recall fixed by another OTA

Tesla's latest over-the-air update can activate the automatic emergency braking system without any need for braking, increasing the risk of a rear-end collision, the NHTSA disclosed Monday. The 11,704 affected vehicles across the electric car maker's lineup came equipped with its misnamed...Read More»

2021 Mazda CX-5 in IIHS side-crash test
IIHS raises Top Safety Pick bar with tougher side crash test

The last time the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety updated its side impact crash test GM just rolled out the gas-guzzling Hummer H2 and Lincoln ended production of the Blackwood pickup truck after one ignominious year. A lot has changed when it comes to safety since 2003, but one thing that...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60 2.5T
Volvo expands recall of older sedans and wagons for airbag issue

Volvo will be recalling 194,546 more vehicles as part of a growing airbag recall affecting its older sedans and wagons, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. Two weeks ago, Volvo announced the recall of 259,383 older sedans for an exploding airbag risk. The issue is similar to the Takata airbag recall...Read More»

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum off-road
2021 Ford F-150 joins Ram 1500 with Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded safety agency announced Tuesday. The award applies for crew and extended cab models, but not the regular cab. The bestselling vehicle in the U.S. earned top "Good" marks on...Read More»

2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 and G70 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The 2022 Genesis GV70 luxury compact crossover and G70 luxury compact sedan both earned Top Safety Pick+ awards from the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded safety agency announced on Thursday. A Top Safety Pick+ is considered to be the most rigorous safety recognition in the industry, and vehicles...Read More»

2021 IIHS TSP+ winners, Volvo XC40, left, and Kia K5, right
2021 Top Safety Pick awards: More automakers commit to safer cars

Volvo, Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis led all other automakers in earning Top Safety Pick awards bestowed by the IIHS, the non-profit safety group announced Wednesday. On average, safety ratings improved and the number of Top Safety Pick+ winners more than doubled from 2020. “With...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai expands fire risk recall to Tucson and Sonata Hybrid

Add the 2017 Hyundai Tucson crossover SUV and 2017 Sonata Hybrid sedan to the growing list of vehicles affected by Hyundai engine fires. More than 95,000 models will be recalled, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday, adding to prior recalls for increased risk of engine fires. The expanded recall includes...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford recalls all 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUVs for two issues

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric crossover SUV is being recalled for two issues related to bonding on the windshield and panoramic glass roof, the NHTSA disclosed Monday. In both cases, inadequate bonding can cause the roof glass to separate from the roof while driving, and the front...Read More»

2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic sedan and hatch earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The redesigned 2022 Honda Civic compact sedan and hatchback earned the highest safety ranking from the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded announced on Thursday. Its Top Safety Pick+ award is not just the top honor awarded by the agency, it is also considered to be the most rigorous safety...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
NHTSA probes 30 million more vehicles with Takata airbags

The largest automotive recall in history could get larger still, based on the NHTSA's latest investigation into vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The NHTSA is investigating the safety of an estimated 30 million vehicles from the 2001 to 2019 model years, according to an internal government...Read More»

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2021-2022 Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX earn Top Safety Pick awards

A pair of GM's small crossovers earned top marks for safety, the IIHS announced Tuesday. The 2021-2022 Buick Encore GX earned a Top Safety Pick designation, while the 2021-2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer one-upped its cousin with a Top Safety Pick+ award, considered by many to be the industry's toughest...Read More»

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander shines with Top Safety Pick+ honor

The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS, the non-profit safety agency announced Tuesday. Like other automakers, Mitsubishi adjusted the standard LED reflector lights in the middle of the model year's production to attain the...Read More»

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