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2018 Jeep Wrangler fails European crash test
2018 Jeep Wrangler fails European crash test

European crash testers gave the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a scathing one-star rating Wednesday. Europe's New Car Assessment Program said the off-roader earned the poor rating due in part to its lack of modern active safety equipment. The new Jeep Wrangler didn't offer automatic emergency braking on 2018...Read More»

ZF exterior curtain airbag
Exterior airbags could add another layer of safety in the event of a car crash

Automakers have spent decades at work to improve passive safety, that is, functions to ensure occupants remain safe in the event of a crash. However, a new external airbag concept promises to further increases occupant safety by as much as 40 percent. German automotive supplier ZF showed off its...Read More»

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Uber hires former NHTSA official as it seeks to shore up its safety record

Uber, still in recovery mode after a deadly self-driving car crash this past March, has hired a former NHTSA official as it prepares to restart its autonomous car operations. CNBC reported Monday that Nat Beuse has joined the company. He's the latest government official to enter the private sector...Read More»

2019 Toyota Camry
IIHS: Headlights improving, but you'll pay for better tech

More new vehicles than ever offer headlights that create safer situations at night, but the IIHS found consumers will often have to pay more better visibility. A study from the insurance industry-funded independent safety body found 32 new cars and trucks offer "Good" headlights as the...Read More»

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Uber removed second backup driver from self-driving test cars ahead of fatal crash

Prior to a fatal crash with between a pedestrian and its self-driving experimental car in Arizona, Uber is alleged to have removed a second human backup driver from its testing procedure. The latest report comes from Business Insider, which said Monday that Uber handed over all monitoring and...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
IIHS: Automatic emergency braking reduces crashes in GM vehicles

Sometimes technology is a good thing. New research presented by the IIHS Tuesday shows automatic emergency braking systems helped reduce the number of collisions and crash-related injuries in General Motors vehicles. The independent safety body said optional front crash prevention systems (which...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 IIHS crash test
2019 Ram 1500 performs well in crash tests but misses IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Ram 1500 performed well in the IIHS' crash tests, but it missed out on a Top Safety Pick award due to its headlights. The independent safety body said the new Ram 1500 is much improved over the previous model when it comes to crash integrity on Thursday. The pickup earned "Good" ratings in...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Equinox
NHTSA to probe Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain crossover SUV windshield wipers

The NHTSA has opened a new investigation into the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain's wiper blades. The government agency will probe both vehicles after a previous recall in 2016 addressed wiper failure, Reuters reported Tuesday. If the NHTSA finds new evidence of wiper failure, GM will be forced...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber ready to restart self-driving car tests

Following a fatal crash this past March, Uber is ready to resume self-driving car tests on public roads. The ride-sharing company's head of system safety for self-driving cars, Noah Zych, told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday that the goal is to regain the public's trust after...Read More»

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Survey: Most parents don't enforce teen driver safety laws

A new survey shows almost a quarter of parents don't enforce teen driver safety laws, better known as Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) restrictions. Insure.com produced the results of its 2018 study last month, which showed 17 percent of parents said they sometimes don't enforce the laws. Five...Read More»

The windshield-mounted sensors of Volvo's City Safety system.
Study: active safety tech increases collision repair costs

A new study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) last week found that vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic emergency braking can cost twice as much to repair following a collision than those without the technologies. Even minor accidents that damage...Read More»

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
NHTSA investigating Ford F-series Super Duty tailgates for opening without warning

Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck owners have found their tailgates have been flying open without warning while driving, according to complaints filed to the NHTSA. According to a report published by CarComplaints.com on Tuesday, the NHTSA has received multiple complaints from F-250 and F-350...Read More»

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US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars

With many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of...Read More»

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Scientific study examines morality of self-driving car maneuvers involving pedestrians

It’s a question asked many times by philosophy professors, autonomous car engineers, and even the former hosts of Top Gear: if a self-driving car is barrelling towards a pedestrian in the road and has the option to swerve and put other pedestrians in danger, which alternative should it...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim levels. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback models received...Read More»

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Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatch
2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback does well in latest crash tests

The redesigned hatchback version of Toyota's compact car has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, which shares a name but little else with the Corolla sedan, missed out on the Top Safety Pick+ award because of...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord
Honda recalls 232,000 cars with faulty rearview cameras

A rearview camera system installed on nearly a quarter of a million Honda sedans might not do what it's supposed to—and so the automaker is recalling them. The recall applies to 2018 Honda Accord sedans and 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedans. Both models offer the rearview camera system as...Read More»

Car accident
Unsafe at any speed: Houston, Dallas top worst cities in US for traffic deaths

If you feel like news stories of traffic-related deaths have been everywhere recently, it’s not all in your head. In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads, an increase of 5.6 percent over 2015, which had seen its own increase of 10.5 percent from the year before. A lengthy...Read More»

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