Car Safety

Mazda, Subaru top safest new cars for teens list
Mazda, Subaru top safest new cars for teens list

Certain Mazda and Subaru vehicles make the safest new cars for teens, according to a list compiled by Consumer Reports and the IIHS and released on Wednesday. The list marks the second time the non-profit agencies have teamed up to recommend the safest cars for inexperienced drivers. In late July...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV earns a Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV aced crash tests and can be optioned with safety equipment that mitigates crashes, earning it a coveted Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Refreshed for 2020, the luxury compact crossover SUV comes equipped with plenty of standard safety equipment, but the optional...Read More»

IIHS tests pedestrian detection in 2020 Nissan Maxima
Report: Traffic fatalities drop for third consecutive year, despite increase in miles driven

Traffic fatalities dropped 2% in 2019 despite a 1% increase in miles driven, the NHTSA confirmed on Thursday. The 36,096 traffic fatalities in 2019 were fewer than projected, marking a 2.8% decrease from 2018 in passenger car fatalities. It marks the third consecutive year of declines from a...Read More»

2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan aced crash tests and excelled at preventing crashes, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, the agency announced last week. The non-profit funded by the insurance industry also commended the refreshed minivan's headlights and child safety seat hardware. To earn...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
GM issues stop-sale: 2020 Corvette, 2021 Trailblazer, Buick and Cadillac models recalled

GM has ordered dealers to stop selling several new models, and it issued a recall for the same models already in owners' possession, for potential brake failure. A defect in the electronic brake boost system affects certain 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2020-2021 Buick Encore...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer SUV earns Top Safety Pick+; Lincoln Aviator nabs TSP award

The 2020 Ford Explorer three-row SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest safety rating from the insurance company-funded IIHS, the automaker announced Monday. The mechanically related 2020 Lincoln Aviator earned a Top Safety Pick award. Both three-row crossover SUVs failed to earn...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Arteon
2020 Volkswagen Arteon sedan earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon full-size sedan earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the automaker announced this week. The Arteon previously earned top "Good" ratings on all six crash tests conducted by the IIHS, but until now did not qualify for the award due to headlights that rated "Poor."...Read More»

Highway Lights from Drive Change consumer survey
Road death rate higher despite fewer miles driven due to Covid, safety officials say

Through the first six months of 2020, when much of the country was under shelter-in-place restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the rate of traffic fatalities jumped 20% from 2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Safety Council. The estimated increase in the death rate...Read More»

Lexus active safety equipment standard on every 2020 model
'Words matter': AAA study finds marketing muddles meaning of driver assistance systems

Breaking: People are fooled by marketing. This might not be news to anyone following the news, however when it comes to drivers buying new cars with new technology, the misinformation can be fatal for anyone on the road. AAA has joined the chorus of safety agencies and consumer watchdog groups in...Read More»

2015 Kia Optima
Hyundai, Kia recall 591,000 vehicles for possible brake issues that could lead to fire

Hyundai and Kia will recall more than 591,000 sedans and crossovers for a faulty anti-lock braking system that can cause an electrical short, which may lead to a fire, the automakers reported to federal safety officials last month. Hyundai announced it will recall 151,205 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe...Read More»

2021 Kia Seltos crash test
2021 Kia Seltos crossover aces crash-test ratings, falls short of awards

Kia's newest crossover—and its smallest—aced crash-testing by the insurance industry-funded IIHS but poor headlight efficacy kept the small crossover from climbing the agency's honor roll, safety officials announced Thursday. The 2021 Kia Seltos earned top marks in all crash tests...Read More»

2020 Ford F-150
2020 Ford F-150 pickups add standard automatic emergency braking to all trucks

New 2020 Ford F-150 trucks are all equipped with standard automatic emergency braking technology, the automaker confirmed Thursday. Previously, automatic emergency braking was reserved for Lariat trims and higher, although sometime during the 2020 model year, F-150 XLT models received the...Read More»

2021 Volvo models with five-star safety ratings
2021 Volvo XC90, XC60, XC40, S60 earn 5-star safety rating

Volvo's best-selling models earned five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA for 2021 models. Every 2021 Volvo vehicle tested earned the highest crash-test honors, including the 2021 Volvo XC90 three-row SUV, 2021 Volvo XC60 mid-size crossover, 2021 Volvo XC40 small crossover, 2021 Volvo S60...Read More»

2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Subaru Ascent SUV awarded Top Safety Pick+

The 2021 Subaru Ascent joins the rest of the Subaru crossover SUV family in earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The highest safety honor from the insurance-industry funded non-profit resulted from the addition of adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams as standard equipment on...Read More»

2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, 2018 New York auto show
Safe used cars for teens can be had for under $20,000

The safest cars don't need to be expensive and teen drivers don't need to be driving old beaters, according to a new analysis. The IIHS teamed up with Consumer Reports to develop a list of the 65 safest cars that are valued between $5,300 and $19,600. This is the first time the two organizations...Read More»

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback
2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback earns Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

The 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback electric crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick+ for acing all crash tests and having advanced safety features that rated "Superior," the IIHS announced Monday. New for 2020, the E-Tron Sportback is as much wagon as SUV, though Audi and other German automakers are...Read More»

2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition
Convertibles just as safe as cars with roofs: IIHS

The lack of a roof does not mean a lack of safety when it comes to cars, according to an IIHS study released on Tuesday. Even with cloth tops, modern convertibles don't pose a greater crash and fatality risk than sedans or coupes. In fact, there were fewer crashes and fatalities in convertibles. An...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
Crossover SUVs deadlier to pedestrians: IIHS study

Since the spread of SUVs beginning in the late-1990s, safety advocates have decried the effect of these larger, heavier utility vehicles on car crashes. That same argument applies today to pedestrians, even as advanced safety features have proliferated alongside crossover SUVs, the IIHS suggested...Read More»

The open road
Ford Fiesta, other small cars top IIHS list of deadliest vehicles

Small cars continue to be the most dangerous type of vehicle for drivers, according to a report released by the IIHS on Thursday. Small cars and minicars accounted for 15 of the 20 deadliest vehicles for drivers, with the Ford Fiesta having the most driver deaths during the period of the study...Read More»

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