Car Safety

IIHS: Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety, Reduce Violations
IIHS: Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety, Reduce Violations

Traffic cameras cause a lot of controversy. Some folks appreciate the way that the mere presence of a camera can make motorists drive more cautiously. Others see them as a scam foisted on the public by for-profit companies, working in cahoots with local police departments. But the Insurance...Read More»

President Obama's limousine
The Beast: President Barack Obama's High-Tech Super-Limo

Last year the world snickered at the sight of the Presidential limousine high-centered on a Dublin driveway. But it pays to remember that we were laughing at the foreign stand-in to what may be the world's most high-tech mobile fortress. The exact specifications of President Obama's limousine, also...Read More»

rearview camera
Another Delay On Rearview Camera Mandate

The year 2012 is officially over, and gone with it is any progress on car rear-visibility rules by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). December 31st rolled around without the NHTSA meeting its self-imposed deadline to set new rear-visibility rules that could lead to rearview...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
Subaru Recalls More Than 600,000 Vehicles For Lighting Defect

Subaru is recalling more than 600,000 cars--including some Legacy, Outback, Tribeca, and Forester models--for a defect in door lights that may short circuit and lead to a fire. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord EX-L
New Frontal Crash Tests: Honda Accord Aces, Toyota Camry Flubs

While you may concede that money can't buy you love, it might seem hard to believe that extra money spent on a luxury vehicle wouldn't be money well spent on keeping your loved ones safe and sound. As some of the latest crash-tests suggest, you might be just as well, or better off, with a...Read More»

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport
Winter Weather Car Prep Tips To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

While some portions of the country may have unseasonably warm weather this winter, other areas will be hit with classic winter deep-freeze, coupled with high snowfall, drifting snow and blizzard conditions making driving a hazardous experience. Since it’s not always possible to remain nestled...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Safety Agency Upgrades Probe Of Trapped Gas Pedals In Ford Vehicles

Following a more than two-and-a-half-year-old investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into possible unintended acceleration of Ford vehicles after gas pedal entrapment, the agency has intensified the probe to a full engineering analysis. The NHTSA upgrade, posted...Read More»

2003 Honda Odyssey
Honda Recalls 807,000 Minivans, SUVs In U.S. For Rollaway Problem

Honda is certain recalling 2003 and 2004 model year Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs and Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 through 2006 model years for an ignition interlock issue that may lead to a vehicle rollaway when the keys are removed. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Rates Five Stars In NHTSA Crash Testing

If you still conjure up images of the Cimarron or Catera when you think about entry-level Cadillac models, think again: it’s latest offering, the ATS has been universally praised by reviewers (including ourselves), racking up awards from organizations like the Motor Press Guild in the...Read More»

Driver Assists - channel on YouTube
“Driver Assists” Channel Makes YouTube Debut

As consumers flocked to the Los Angeles Auto Show to gaze and get up close and personal with the bevy of all-new, redesigned and concept cars on display, the Auto Alliance made a little news of its own, announcing the debut of a “Driver Assists” channel on YouTube. What in the world is...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic EX-L sedan
2012 Honda Civic Recalled For Steering Column Flaw

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2012 model-year Civic compact cars to fix a problem with the steering column. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of Civics potentially affected at just 157. Affected...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape, Fusion Recalled For Fire Risk (UPDATED)

Ford [NYSE:F] will recall about 89,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs and 2013 Ford Fusion cars equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines over concerns about a fire risk. About 80,000 Escape and Fusion models are affected in the United States. According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall...Read More»

2013 Audi A4
2013 Audi A4, S4, Buick Verano Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The 2013 Audi A4, Audi S4 and Buick Verano compact luxury sedans have each earned the coveted five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2013 Audi A4 and its sporty model the S4 earned five stars in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus
2013 Ford Focus: Five Stars, And One Of The Safest Compact Cars

The 2013 Ford Focus has earned an excellent five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which, when factored together with its Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ranks it soundly in the top tier for U.S...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Seatbelt Usage Hits All-Time High, Thanks In Part To Southern Drivers

In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that fewer Americans used their seatbelts in 2011. According to NHTSA, the percentage of drivers and passengers wearing the safety devices slipped from 85% to 84%. At first glance, that change might seem insignificant, but 1% of...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Honda Details, Demos Next-Gen Accident-Avoidance Technology

Two upcoming Honda Motor Co. safety systems set their sights toward a ten-year 'zero collisions' goal that includes a new generation of accident avoidance as well as, eventually, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and road-to-vehicle communication. One of these interim steps is Honda's Autonomous...Read More»

Drowsy driver - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
AAA Study Finds Young Drivers Nodding Off Behind The Wheel

Among the unsafe behaviors teen drivers display behind the wheel, nodding off while driving – which hasn’t received nearly enough attention – ranks right up there as potentially deadly. Now, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that one in seven licensed...Read More»

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Chrysler Recalls 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty SUVs For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs due to concerns over unintended deployment of airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website says that the recall involves 200-2004 Jeep Grand...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan just received the Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The criteria for earning the designation include receiving “Good” ratings in offset frontal impact, side impact, side impact dynamic head restraint and...Read More»

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