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Roundup: All the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners
Roundup: All the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The insurance industry-funded IIHS says that these are the safest cars you can buy today—they're the ones that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. Last year, making the cut became even more difficult thanks to a new headlight effectiveness test performed in addition to a battery...Read More»

Michelin X-Ice winter tires
Winter tires are smart thinking

Don’t call them snow tires. If you live where fall colors give way to snow and ice-covered roads, buying a set of winter tires may be a prudent decision. We recently put Michelin’s latest and greatest X-Ice Xi3 winter rubber to the test in a controlled setting—the hockey rink at...Read More»

2018 BMW i3 and i3s
BMW issues stop-sale for i3 electric car

BMW has told its dealers to hold all sales of its 2018 i3 electric car due to a compliance issue detected by the NHTSA. The German automaker will also recall about 30,000 examples of the BMW i3. The government agency found during routine testing that the i3 does not provide adequate protection in...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Troubled Japanese airbag-maker Takata purchased by supplier Key Safety Systems

Key Safety Systems, a Michigan-based supplier of safety components for manufacturers, has agreed to purchase maligned Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata for $1.6 billion, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Takata’s ongoing airbag recall scandal forced the company into bankruptcy earlier...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid walked away with a serious accolade and the vehicle safety body named it a Top Safety Pick+. The Ioniq Hybrid's IIHS scorecard shows "Good" ratings in all crash test scenarios, which include the...Read More»

Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with 'Canto'

Some consumers may enjoy the fact electric cars operate in near silence, but Nissan wants to keep pedestrians safe by giving its future electric vehicles a sound. In fact, it's more of a song. Nissan revealed "Canto," the official sound (song?) of future Nissan electric cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor...Read More»

2014 Ford Fusion
Feds to investigate 840,000 Ford Fusions over steering wheels that may come off

The federal government said Friday that it has opened an investigation into more than 840,000 Ford Fusions made for model years 2014 through 2016 after three reports that their steering wheels could loosen and detach entirely. "A detached steering wheel can result in a loss of vehicle control that...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover holds up well in crashes, but its headlights aren't up to par. That's according to crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS. The new-for-2018 Tiguan delivered far superior crash-test results than its predecessor, which is still sold as the Tiguan...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash test
Latest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety

A new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. The insurance industry-funded agency said Thursday that in a new passenger-side small-overlap crash test performed on 13 mid-size cars, some do not offer the...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road
2017 Jeep Compass named Top Safety Pick by IIHS

The IIHS said Tuesday that the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass earned its coveted Top Safety Pick award, albeit with some caveats. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick, the Compass needs to be equipped with an option package that includes some advanced safety tech. MORE: All of the 2017 Top Safety Pick...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz panorama sunroof in E-Class
More cars experience exploding glass sunroofs than ever, study finds

Glass sunroofs have become an incredibly popular option in recent years for new-car buyers. However, an unusual side effect to their popularity is more prevalent than ever: cases of exploding glass sunroofs have skyrocketed in recent years. Consumer Reports cites National Highway Traffic and Safety...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia
IIHS crashes 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, names it a Top Safety Pick+

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia compact sports sedan is more than just a pretty face, according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers recently subjected the 2017 Giulia to their full barrage of tests and came away impressed enough to grant the Top Safety Pick+ award. When properly...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class IIHS crash test
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV earns Top Safety Pick+ nod by IIHS

A major independent safety rating agency gave the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class crossover SUV its top award Monday. The IIHS said the luxury crossover earned its Top Safety Pick+ award, owed to the performance of the Mercedes GLC in multiple crash tests, its automatic emergency braking system, and...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry LE
2018 Toyota Camry aces IIHS tests, awarded Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry is a Top Safety Pick+ award winner this year, the independent insurance industry-funded agency announced Tuesday. The 2018 Camry improved on the outgoing model’s rating last year with better headlight and better forward-crash prevention technology, although...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
Feds, IIHS score new 2018 Honda Odyssey with top safety marks

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey earned top marks for crash and advanced safety from federal and independent safety officials, the automaker announced Thursday. The minivan earned a top five-star overall federal safety score, including five stars for front- and side-impact crash safety with a...Read More»

2018 Nissan 370Z
Canada to mandate automatic taillights to eliminate “phantom vehicles”

Canada is set to introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to ensure that car taillights illuminate automatically in the evening within three years, according to a report from the CBC. The new regulations are a response to so-called “phantom cars,” in which a driver is unaware that...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Colorado in the IIHS crash test
IIHS: Mid-size pickups crash well enough, lack advanced safety tech

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its small-overlap crash test data for mid-size pickups on Wednesday, with mostly positive results for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma, 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, and 2017 GMC Canyon. The 2017 Nissan Frontier—set to embark on its 12th year since its...Read More»

Kids buckled up in the back seat
The HOT CARS Act could make rear seat child alert monitors mandatory—if it passes

Since 1998, more than 700 children have died from heatstroke as a result of being left in a hot car. According to publicly available data, over half of these deaths are the result of the driver simply forgetting about their passenger. To combat this ongoing epidemic, there are bills under...Read More»

Audra Tatum's car accident, via Audra Tatum
PSA: Please don't put your feet up on the dashboard

The warning given by Audra Tatum from Walker County, Georgia is simple: Don't put your feet up on the dashboard of your car. The reason? It's beyond dangerous. Tatum and her husband were in a car crash two years ago as they were on their way to pick up their children. Everyone involved walked away...Read More»

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