Car Safety

2019 Hyundai Veloster earns Top Safety Pick award
2019 Hyundai Veloster earns Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS subjected the 2019 Hyundai Veloster to its barrage of crash tests for a second time. With optional headlights, the 2019 Veloster is rated a Top Safety Pick. The results come after an earlier test where the driver's door opened following impact with a barrier. The problem could lead to an...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
2019 Kia Stinger earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2019 Kia Stinger is rated a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional headlights and active safety equipment, the IIHS said last week. A Top Safety Pick+ is the insurance industry-funded group's highest accolade. The safety body put the sport sedan through its slew of tests and the car...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
Nonprofit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

In a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed Monday in a...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn...Read More»

Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system
New tech could alert drivers to potholes

Future cars may be able to tell drivers in cars behind them when to slow down to avoid potholes or other road hazards. Mitsubishi Electronics and Here Technologies collaborated on the new lane hazard warning system, which debuted Wednesday in concept form and aims to tell drivers of road hazards...Read More»

2020 Volvo XC90
Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers

Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. The brand announced Tuesday its Volvo Car Accident Advisor, which delivers an essential checklist to a driver's smartphone if the vehicle detects it has been in a crash. The feature will be available to all 2015.5 and...Read More»

Brake and accelerator pedals of 2013 Tesla Model S  [photo: David Noland]
NHTSA backtracks, won't mandate brake override systems

The NHTSA on Monday said that it doesn't plan to follow through with a promise it made seven years ago to make brake override systems mandatory on new cars, a move applauded by automakers that have already installed the feature. The Trump administration's decision to scrap the mandate proposed...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 earns top marks from IIHS

The redesigned 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback models earned Top Safety Picks following IIHS crash tests, the insurance industry-funded testing agency said Thursday. The IIHS put both versions of the redesigned Mazda 3 through its slew of tests, and both the sedan and hatchback aced each crash...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-9
NHTSA investigates Mazda CX-9 for unintended airbag deployment

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV after two reports of airbags deploying unexpectedly while the vehicles were moving. According to documents posted to the government organization's website Monday, CX-9 owners complained that both the left and right side-curtain...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Fire risk prompts Chevrolet, GMC to recall 324K heavy duty pickup trucks

General Motors last week issued a recall for 324,266 Chevrolet and GMC heavy duty pickup trucks because they could catch fire. Both the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD heavy duty pickups with the optional engine-block heater could be at risk of a...Read More»

2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)
2019 BMW 3-Series aces IIHS crash tests, named Top Safety Pick+

The 2019 BMW 3-Series sedan aced a barrage of crash tests, the insurance industry-funded IIHS said last week. With specific headlights, the 2019 3-Series is rated a Top Safety Pick+. The redesigned sedan earned a "Good" rating in every crash test performed. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick+, a car...Read More»

Magna Powertrain three-motor Model S setup
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»

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