Car Safety

Semi trailer makers earn praise for rear underride crash protection
Semi trailer makers earn praise for rear underride crash protection

While it’s no secret that new cars are safer than ever, drivers can have a bit of extra peace of mind that other potential hazards on the road are getting safer as well, including semi trailers. The IIHS announced Thursday that all eight major manufacturers of large truck trailers achieved...Read More»

Volvo's Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system - image: Volvo
Feds unveil plan to reduce pedestrian deaths in U.S.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday said that it wants to work with other federal agencies to reduce the number of pedestrians hit by cars in the U.S. Bloomberg reported that the NTSB provided nearly a dozen recommendations to other agencies, including the NHTSA, the Centers...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe earns top marks in latest crash tests

The insurance industry-funded IIHS said Friday that the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV earned its Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional LED headlights. The headlights are standard on the Santa Fe Limited and Ultimate trim levels. Other Santa Fe trims—SE and...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side...Read More»

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive
2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUV crashes well, scores Top Safety Pick+

The 2019 Subaru Ascent earned top marks from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded crash testers said Tuesday. In its barrage of crash tests, the IIHS said that the 2019 Ascent earned "Good" marks in every test. Additionally, the IIHS said that the Ascent's child-seat anchors rated "Good" and...Read More»

2018 BMW X2, BMW Test Fest, February 2018
New headrest design bumps 2018 BMW X2 to Top Safety Pick

The IIHS said Tuesday that BMW's effort to redesign the headrests for its smallest crossover SUV paid off. The insurance industry-funded crash testers awarded the 2018 BMW X2 with the Top Safety Pick award. However, 2018 X2 shoppers will want to look closely to find the safest version of the...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks smashed into walls, earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS said Monday that the 2018 Nissan Kicks crossover SUV performed well enough in its barrage of crash tests to earn the Top Safety Pick award. Subpar headlights held the 2018 Kicks, a new model this year, from the Top Safety Pick+ award. ALSO SEE: Read our full review of the 2019 Nissan Kicks...Read More»

Apple headlight system patent to detect hazards
Apple files patent for hazard-highlighting headlights

Though we’re still not sure if Apple really plans to make a car, they’ve filed nearly enough patents to throw one together. The latest is an adaptive headlight system programmed to highlight road hazards and more. Dubbed the “System and Method for Light and Image...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test
Pediatricians: Children older than 2 can remain in rear-facing car seats

Parents, take note: A group of pediatricians said Thursday that it will remove age milestones from its car seat policy statement guidelines for children riding in vehicles. Now, instead of stating that children should be seated in rear-facing seats until the age of 2, the American Academy of...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
IIHS: Lower urban speed limits mean less speeding

At the annual Governors Highway Safety Association meeting Tuesday in Georgia, the IIHS released the results of a study showing Boston's recently lowered speed limits reduced the number of cars unsafely speeding. The insurance industry-funded group conducted its study in Boston, where speed limits...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona aces IIHS crash testing, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod in top trim

Versions of the 2018 Hyundai Kona built after May earned the top award from independent testers, the IIHS announced Friday. The small crossover earned top "Good" scores on all crash tests, including the new passenger-side small overlap test, and its headlights on Limited and Ultimate trims were...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot, 2019 Honda Insight earn Top Safety Pick+ awards

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Honda Insight all but aced their crash test evaluations, the IIHS said Wednesday. The ratings are the first assigned to the 2019 Insight and the Pilot's rating marks an improvement over last year's version of the crossover SUV. There's no such thing as a better report...Read More»

2018 Toyota Sienna in IIHS crash test
IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests

Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. The IIHS subjected the three...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests

The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." The...Read More»

red light runners in los angeles
Chilling IIHS video shows dangers of running a red light

Over 800 people died in vehicle accidents involving red light running in 2016, an increase of over 17 percent since 2012. Despite this, fewer communities across the country are using red light cameras at intersections. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency...Read More»

Consumer Reports tests Tesla Model 3 braking [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]
Age against the machine: IIHS finds that autonomous safety systems aren’t up to human level, yet

In case you needed yet another reason not to tune out when autopilot is active, an IIHS study released on Tuesday has found that advanced driver assist systems aren’t as robust as normal human reaction time. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in...Read More»

2009 Ford Ranger
Ford offers dealers $1,000 to find and fix Ranger pickups with Takata airbags

Ford is paying its dealerships to track down about 10,000 Ranger pickup trucks that the automaker and the NHTSA have told owners to stop driving until their faulty airbag components are replaced. Automotive News reported Wednesday that Ford will pay its dealers to locate and repair certain 2006...Read More»

2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Mazda 6 earn good crash-test scores, mixed headlight results

It all boils down to headlights when it comes to earning the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ award. Certain versions of the 2019 Toyota Avalon improved to a Top Safety Pick+ designation thanks to better headlights that augment its strong crash-test results, the IIHS said Thursday. Conversely, the latest...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2 headrests come under fire from the IIHS

The 2018 BMW X2 features headrests that don't protect occupants from whiplash in a rear impact as well as those on nearly every other car on the market, the IIHS said Monday when it issued a rare "Acceptable" rating for the crossover SUV's seats. Headrests, which function as a safety item designed...Read More»

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