Car Safety

IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests
IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests

Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. The IIHS subjected the three...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests

The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." The...Read More»

red light runners in los angeles
Chilling IIHS video shows dangers of running a red light

Over 800 people died in vehicle accidents involving red light running in 2016, an increase of over 17 percent since 2012. Despite this, fewer communities across the country are using red light cameras at intersections. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency...Read More»

Consumer Reports tests Tesla Model 3 braking [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]
Age against the machine: IIHS finds that autonomous safety systems aren’t up to human level, yet

In case you needed yet another reason not to tune out when autopilot is active, an IIHS study released on Tuesday has found that advanced driver assist systems aren’t as robust as normal human reaction time. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in...Read More»

2009 Ford Ranger
Ford offers dealers $1,000 to find and fix Ranger pickups with Takata airbags

Ford is paying its dealerships to track down about 10,000 Ranger pickup trucks that the automaker and the NHTSA have told owners to stop driving until their faulty airbag components are replaced. Automotive News reported Wednesday that Ford will pay its dealers to locate and repair certain 2006...Read More»

2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Mazda 6 earn good crash-test scores, mixed headlight results

It all boils down to headlights when it comes to earning the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ award. Certain versions of the 2019 Toyota Avalon improved to a Top Safety Pick+ designation thanks to better headlights that augment its strong crash-test results, the IIHS said Thursday. Conversely, the latest...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2 headrests come under fire from the IIHS

The 2018 BMW X2 features headrests that don't protect occupants from whiplash in a rear impact as well as those on nearly every other car on the market, the IIHS said Monday when it issued a rare "Acceptable" rating for the crossover SUV's seats. Headrests, which function as a safety item designed...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE43)
Revised headlights help 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Thanks to strong crash-test performance and improved headlights, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class garnered a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS last week. The 2018 GLE crossover SUV passed the passenger side small front overlap test with a “Good” rating, the highest score awarded by...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR aces IIHS crash tests, faulted for weak headlights

The 2018 Toyota C-HR can't see very well in the dark, the IIHS said last week. Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV earned top marks in all of the insurance industry-funded group's instrumented crash tests, but its weak headlights prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick award. The IIHS said in a...Read More»

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
NHTSA regulator: self-driving vehicles shouldn't be regulated... yet

A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. According to Automotive News, NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King said in an interview on Thursday: “At this point the...Read More»

2006 Mazdaspeed6
Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda and the NHTSA said last week that they will add another 269,618 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall total, already the largest in history at over 50 million vehicles affected in the U.S. alone. The recall aims to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time and cause...Read More»

2018 Ford Ecosport, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV scores concerning three-star government rollover rating

A version of the pint-size 2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV earned four stars overall in the federal government's barrage of crash tests, including an unusual three-star rating for its resistance to rollover. The NHTSA said Thursday that the front-wheel-drive 2018 EcoSport scored three out of five...Read More»

2014 Ford Explorer
Consumer safety group petitions to recall 1.3M Ford Explorers for exhaust leak

Two years after federal safety officials opened an investigation to determine if 2011-17 Ford Explorers exposed passengers to high levels of carbon monoxide, a consumer safety group asked the automaker Monday to recall more than 1 million SUVs. “With all due respect to the efforts undertaken...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS C F Sport accessories
Lexus recalls 115,000 cars for potential fuel leak

Owners of certain Lexus models should be on the lookout for a recall notice in early August. This week, Toyota Motor North America announced it would recall certain Lexus models including 2006-2013 Lexus IS 350 sedans, 2010-2014 Lexus IS 350C convertibles, 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 mid-size sedans...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Accent
The 10 cheapest new cars with automatic emergency braking

New cars are full of whiz-bang features, but one that's worth seeking out for its ability to prevent a crash is automatic emergency braking. When automatic emergency braking systems detect an impending collision—via radar or cameras, depending on the setup—they first warn audibly and...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper
Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for...Read More»

IIHS passenger-side small-overlap crash test of 2018 Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer flunk passenger-side crash test

Two of the most popular crossover SUVs for families don't provide nearly the same protection for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers, the IIHS said Tuesday. In its demanding passenger-side small-overlap crash test, the IIHS bestowed "Poor" ratings on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain Denali, 2017 Detroit auto show
Running update to 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevy Equinox bolstered side-impact crash safety

General Motors made an uncommon running update to its popular 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossovers to bolster side-impact crash safety last year. The update, which consumers won't be able to spot by looking at the crossovers' exteriors, was applied to 2018 GMC Terrains built after...Read More»

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