Car Safety

Even a light drizzle increases the risk of a fatal car crash
Even a light drizzle increases the risk of a fatal car crash

It doesn't take much rainfall to increase the risk of a deadly car crash. A study published in the April issue of the American Meteorological Society Bulletin revealed that rain, snow, and ice increase the risk of a deadly crash by 34 percent on average. It's the light rain that drivers should...Read More»

2018 Toyota Corolla
NHTSA probe to investigate airbag failures in 12.3M cars

Federal regulators have expanded an investigation into airbags that may not inflate in the event of a crash to include 12.3 million vehicles in the U.S. The NHTSA on Tuesday posted documents to its website stating that it will investigate airbag control units made by automotive supplier ZF-TRW. The...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
2019 BMW X5 named Top Safety Pick+ with optional headlights

The insurance industry-funded IIHS last week named the 2019 BMW X5 the latest recipient of its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. The luxury SUV aced all six crash tests and scored top-rated "Good" marks in each category, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. Vehicles must...Read More»

Marijuana
Study shows 60 percent of recreational marijuana users drive under the influence

Over half of legal recreational marijuana users who responded to a survey said that they have driven under the influence of the drug. The survey was conducted by insurance comparison website in March The Zebra and its findings released last week may underscore the lack of regulations and guidelines...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Miami auto show
NHTSA investigating Nissan Rogue over automatic emergency braking

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into 2017 and 2018 model year Nissan Rogue crossovers after 87 consumer complaints of erratic automatic emergency braking events. Consumer Reports reported on the investigation on Friday, which will look at 675,000 vehicles total. The complaints largely alleged...Read More»

Apple iPhone SE lineup
iPhone users more likely than Android users to text behind the wheel

Results of a study conducted by an insurance comparison website revealed that iPhone users may be more likely than Android users to text and check their phones will driving. The Zebra surveyed 2,107 Americans and shared the results of its study with The Car Connection on Wednesday. The study found...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Though it didn't ace the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests, the 2019 Jetta earned four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars

Three rival automakers and the car industry's international standards-setting organization joined together to create a new group that aims to create a set of rules to govern development and implementation of self-driving cars. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium is tasked with setting best...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8 earns five-star crash-test scores

The 2019 Audi Q8 earned top marks NHTSA's slew of crash tests last week. The high marks follow a similarly impressive performance in the insurance-funded IIHS crash tests for the crossover SUV. The NHTSA awarded the crossover SUV five stars after assessing frontal and side impacts and four stars in...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012
2013 Hyundai Veloster recalled over engine stall, fire risk

About 16,500 2013 Hyundai Veloster coupes are subject to a new recall over concerns that their turbocharged engines could stall or even catch fire. Details of the recall were released last week by the NHTSA. The recall specifically surrounds 2013 Veloster models equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo-4...Read More»

2014 Kia Optima
NHTSA opens investigation into 3M Hyundai, Kia vehicles over fires

The NHTSA on Monday launched an investigation into a fire risk that covers about 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The decision to open the investigation came after the U.S. government reviewed 3,000 reports of fires that left about 100 people injured. Reuters first reported on the new NHTSA...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius
2019 Toyota Prius, Prius Prime earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS said last week. The hybrids almost aced the insurance industry-funded testing agency's barrage of crash tests. The Prius scored "Good" in every instrumented crash test except for an "Acceptable" rating in the challenging passenger-side...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tundra crash test
IIHS: Pickup trucks skimp on passenger-side safety

A round of crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS show that even the newest pickup truck designs aren't as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Most of the new trucks tested by the IIHS, including the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, produced...Read More»

Volvo in-car camera system
Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers

New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. Volvo safety engineers said it may be automakers that are ultimately responsible for curbing fatal...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8, A6 earn high marks in latest crash tests

Both the 2019 Audi Q8 and A6 earned high marks in IIHS crash test ratings, but headlight effectiveness separated them from top honors. The 2019 Q8 walked away with a Top Safety Pick award, while the 2019 A6 and its better-rated headlights earned it a Top Safety Pick+. More often than not, headlight...Read More»

2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive
Improved optional headlights net Volvo XC40, XC60 Top Safety Pick awards

Volvo has earned its first two Top Safety Pick awards for the 2019 model year with the XC40 earning the far more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ and the XC60 walking away with the standard Top Safety Pick. Headlight updates for the new year improved IIHS crash-test scores for the 2019 Volvo XC60 and...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
New cars increasingly likely to include collision-avoidance safety tech

The IIHS on Wednesday said that automakers are on track to meet their goal of making automatic emergency braking standard on nearly every new car by 2022. About half of the new cars produced for the American market between Sept. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018 left the factory fitted with an automatic...Read More»

2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V improves to Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda HR-V's improved structure meant that the IIHS on Thursday named it a Top Safety Pick, at least in a specific configuration. The biggest changes come from within. Honda made structural changes to the front door hinge pillars and front-end structure with new reinforcements. The changes...Read More»

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo to limit its future cars to 112 mph top speed

Volvo on Monday said that it will limit the top speed of its future cars to 112 mph as part of an effort to reduce car-crash fatalities. Volvo called the move the beginning of a discussion about whether automakers should actively alter or limit a human's behavior behind the wheel in the name of...Read More»

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