Car Safety

2015 Audi A3: Crash Results Show It's A Very Safe Small Sedan
2015 Audi A3: Crash Results Show It's A Very Safe Small Sedan

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test results for the new 2015 Audi A3, and the new compact luxury sedan takes one of the top positions among all vehicles tested—with the agency's Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating. As the IIHS points out, the A3 is the...Read More»

2006 Chevrolet HHR
GM Ramps Up To Fix Recalled Cars, Turns To Rental Companies For Loaners

General Motors [NYSE: GM] is ramping up its recall logistics ahead of efforts to remedy the recall of 1.6 million older GM vehicles for faulty ignition switches—by securing vehicles from some leading rental-car companies. Under agreements entered with Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis, rental cars...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan Rogue Named A Top Safety Pick Plus—But Not Rogue Select

The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle hasn't been on the market long; but it's already earned a top-tier score from one of the major U.S. safety organizations—in this case, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Rogue managed the insurance-funded...Read More»

2014 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec
2014 Hyundai Veloster: Five Stars In Federal Crash-Testing

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster has been awarded a top five-star Overall rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Looking at individual test results, the Veloster earned four stars in the Frontal Crash category and five stars in the Side Crash category. That included...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers

Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, Hybrid: (Mostly) Top Safety Scores From Feds

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released full crash-test results and safety scores for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek—and for the most part they're good, with top five-star Overall results as well as five stars for side impact. These results extend to the 2014...Read More»

2014 Audi A6 3.0T
2014 Audi A6: New Ratings Suggest It's One Of The Safest Sedans

The Audi A6 has been crash-tested by the federal government for the first time in more than 15 years, and it's achieved top five-star scores in all categories of testing. That includes top scores for the 2014 A6 in every single subcategory of testing, too—like the side pole rating, and...Read More»

NHTSA's mandatory label for safety recall notices
NHTSA Creates Mandatory Label For Recall Notices To Keep You From Throwing Them Away

Our inboxes are overflowing with email, and the U.S. Postal Service is dying a slow, agonizing death (inspiring wacky plans for the P.O. to begin making payday-style loans). And yet, huge volumes of junk still slide through our mail slots every single week. In fact, many days, junk is all we...Read More»

David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider
Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has yet to determine when V2V will be required on new passenger vehicles. At long last, however, the...Read More»

2014 Subaru BRZ
2014 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S: Good, Safe Fun With Five-Star Safety

The 2014 Scion FR-S and 2014 Subaru BRZ already stand right near the top of our recommendations for those wanting a simple, light, and nimble sports car—with a more visceral driving experience than more higher-horsepower sports cars of today. Simple and lightweight don't always add up to the...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The mid-size 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedan has earned an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the highest available in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and is determined after vehicles undergo...Read More»

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Finds Five-Star Federal Safety Rating

If you won't settle for anything but five-star safety in your family vehicle, you now have another option: the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was tested this past month by the federal government, and it steps up its safety ratings in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)--from an overall...Read More»

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius
2014 Toyota Prius Slips To Four-Star Federal Safety Rating

Toyota’s iconic hybrid, the Prius, has held quite a reputation for safety, as well as for efficiency and technology, of course. Yet new results from the federal government show that it’s been downgraded from five stars to four stars in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety ratings...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Steps Up To Five-Star Safety

The Volkswagen Jetta has earned a higher rating from the federal government. Thanks to an improved side-impact result, the 2014 Jetta now gets a five-star Overall rating, placing it in the company of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, and Toyota Corolla, among others. The new...Read More»

Screencap from 'Mistakes' public service announcement, New Zealand
Go Home, Hollywood: New Zealand Just Won The Award For Best Safe-Driving Video

To some folks, the holiday season ended last week. To others, the fun has just begun. In New Orleans, Venice, and elsewhere around the globe, Carnival season kicked off yesterday. Football fans are gearing up for the playoffs. And movie buffs are eagerly watching actors, directors, and producers...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Keeps High Safety Rating Despite NHTSA Investigation Of Battery Fires

Back in August, Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] boasted that the Model S was so safe, it broke the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's testing equipment. In fact, Tesla was so exuberant about the Model S' performance in those tests, it used some very creative math to generate a fictitious safety...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
NHTSA Ramps Up Investigation Of Mercedes C-Class Taillight Failures & Fires

Back in July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a preliminary investigation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. At the time, the agency had received 21 consumer complaints about taillight failures in those vehicles from the 2008 and 2009 model-years. According to Detroit News, the...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Soul Earns NHTSA Five-Star Rating

The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul hatchback has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the highest highest-possible vehicle safety rating from the government. It is determined after severe testing procedures as part...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
IIHS Lists The 39 Safest Cars For 2014 (Video)

By now, most of the auto world's 2014 models have rolled into showrooms. They've also made appearances on test tracks and crash sets so that various entities can evaluate their reliability and safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of those entities, and it's just...Read More»

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