Car Safety

Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars
Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars

Three rival automakers and the car industry's international standards-setting organization joined together to create a new group that aims to create a set of rules to govern development and implementation of self-driving cars. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium is tasked with setting best...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8 earns five-star crash-test scores

The 2019 Audi Q8 earned top marks NHTSA's slew of crash tests last week. The high marks follow a similarly impressive performance in the insurance-funded IIHS crash tests for the crossover SUV. The NHTSA awarded the crossover SUV five stars after assessing frontal and side impacts and four stars in...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012
2013 Hyundai Veloster recalled over engine stall, fire risk

About 16,500 2013 Hyundai Veloster coupes are subject to a new recall over concerns that their turbocharged engines could stall or even catch fire. Details of the recall were released last week by the NHTSA. The recall specifically surrounds 2013 Veloster models equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo-4...Read More»

2014 Kia Optima
NHTSA opens investigation into 3M Hyundai, Kia vehicles over fires

The NHTSA on Monday launched an investigation into a fire risk that covers about 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The decision to open the investigation came after the U.S. government reviewed 3,000 reports of fires that left about 100 people injured. Reuters first reported on the new NHTSA...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius
2019 Toyota Prius, Prius Prime earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS said last week. The hybrids almost aced the insurance industry-funded testing agency's barrage of crash tests. The Prius scored "Good" in every instrumented crash test except for an "Acceptable" rating in the challenging passenger-side...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tundra crash test
IIHS: Pickup trucks skimp on passenger-side safety

A round of crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS show that even the newest pickup truck designs aren't as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Most of the new trucks tested by the IIHS, including the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, produced...Read More»

Volvo in-car camera system
Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers

New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. Volvo safety engineers said it may be automakers that are ultimately responsible for curbing fatal...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8, A6 earn high marks in latest crash tests

Both the 2019 Audi Q8 and A6 earned high marks in IIHS crash test ratings, but headlight effectiveness separated them from top honors. The 2019 Q8 walked away with a Top Safety Pick award, while the 2019 A6 and its better-rated headlights earned it a Top Safety Pick+. More often than not, headlight...Read More»

2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive
Improved optional headlights net Volvo XC40, XC60 Top Safety Pick awards

Volvo has earned its first two Top Safety Pick awards for the 2019 model year with the XC40 earning the far more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ and the XC60 walking away with the standard Top Safety Pick. Headlight updates for the new year improved IIHS crash-test scores for the 2019 Volvo XC60 and...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
New cars increasingly likely to include collision-avoidance safety tech

The IIHS on Wednesday said that automakers are on track to meet their goal of making automatic emergency braking standard on nearly every new car by 2022. About half of the new cars produced for the American market between Sept. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018 left the factory fitted with an automatic...Read More»

2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V improves to Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda HR-V's improved structure meant that the IIHS on Thursday named it a Top Safety Pick, at least in a specific configuration. The biggest changes come from within. Honda made structural changes to the front door hinge pillars and front-end structure with new reinforcements. The changes...Read More»

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo to limit its future cars to 112 mph top speed

Volvo on Monday said that it will limit the top speed of its future cars to 112 mph as part of an effort to reduce car-crash fatalities. Volvo called the move the beginning of a discussion about whether automakers should actively alter or limit a human's behavior behind the wheel in the name of...Read More»

2017 Renault Zoe
EU moves to make active safety tech mandatory on new cars

A European Union committee last week unveiled a proposal for new regulations that would require cars to be equipped with a raft of collision-avoiding active safety tech. The EU said in a release that its House of Representatives will vote on the Internal Market Committee's proposal in March. The...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

Self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the...Read More»

Joel Feldman holds up a picture of his daughter, Casey
States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great

Casey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. The aspiring reporter racked up internships at newspapers, bylines at local papers and Philadelphia...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

The BMW X1 didn't even appear to slow down as it barreled toward a dummy on the IIHS' test track in Virginia. With a pop, the small crossover SUV plowed into the dummy, launching it into the air. Nine of 11 crossover SUVs tested by the IIHS had no problem automatically applying the brakes in enough...Read More»

Cadillac automatic emergency braking
Japan, EU push to make automatic emergency braking a requirement

Forty countries have agreed to a United Nations regulation draft that calls for automatic emergency braking to be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial vehicles by early 2020. Chief among the countries are members of the European Union and Japan. Reuters reported on the regulation draft...Read More»

Texting while driving
Virginia votes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

Come Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to use a cellphone while while at the wheel of a car in Virginia. Both houses in the General Assembly voted to pass new legislation to ban cellphone use while driving to curb distracted driving in the state. The Washington Post reported last week that drivers...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
1.5M more cars added to Takata airbag recall

Last week, more than half a dozen automakers added another 1.5 million vehicles to the growing list of cars recalled to fix faulty Takata airbags. The issue is the same as other Takata airbag recalls and it affects both driver- and passenger-side airbags, depending on vehicles. Airbag inflators...Read More»

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