Car Safety

Honda, Acura Windows Don't Open Automatically When Vehicle Is Submerged
Honda, Acura Windows Don't Open Automatically When Vehicle Is Submerged

Tuesday morning, residents across the Northeast began assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy. One of those folks -- Reggie Thomas -- stepped outside to discover that the windows on his 2011 Honda were down, and Sandy had left roughly 12 inches of rainwater inside the vehicle. In speaking to the...Read More»

2003 Ford Taurus SES Standard
NHTSA Studies 2000-2003 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable For Stuck Throttles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of unintended acceleration in 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable mid-size sedans. In its preliminary evaluation, PE-12033 (PDF), the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says that...Read More»

Volvo's Autonomous Driving Support
Volvo's Traffic Jam Tech Lets You Cruise Through Commutes

If you keep up with car news, you're probably familiar with adaptive cruise control, which works like regular cruise control, but with the added benefit of slowing your vehicle when the car in front of you decelerates. You're likely familiar with lane-assist technology, too, which sounds an alert...Read More»

2007 BMW 7-Series 750i
BMW Recalls 2005-2007 7-Series To Fix Software Glitch

BMW is conducting a voluntary recall of certain 2005 through 2007 7-Series sedans to fix a software problem that may allow the doors to open, even when they appear to be closed. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) program
Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology, On The Road In Germany

Last week, Dykema released results from its 2012 Automotive Institute Survey, which polled 100 auto executives about their thoughts on the industry's future. Among the most interesting findings was the fact that respondents seemed more interested in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology --...Read More»

2013 Jeep Patriot
2011-2012 Jeep Patriot Models Investigated For Stalling Issue

Late-model Jeep Patriot compact crossovers may have an issue with stalling, and federal safety officials are looking into a series of complaints. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a Defect Investigation on Jeep Patriot utility vehicles from the 2011 and...Read More»

Infiniti's M35hL extended wheelbase hybrid sedan, from the 2012 Beijing Auto Show
Nissan's 'Steer-By-Wire' System, Coming To Infiniti In 2013

Nissan has unveiled a lot of new technologies over the past week, including its "Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication" and "Autonomous Emergency Steering System". Now, there's another to report -- one that will benefit drivers during their everyday travels, not just during emergencies. It's...Read More»

Nissan's Autonomous Emergency Steering System
Nissan's Autonomous Steering System Dodges Danger For You

Nissan has been on a high-tech run the past several days. On Friday, the automaker announced its "Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication" system, which can apply the brakes when drivers hit the gas by mistake. And on Monday, we heard about a new rear-facing camera on the 2013 Altima that warns...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 350
2013 Lexus ES, GS Flunk Emergency Trunk Release Tests

The 2013 Lexus ES and GS luxury sedans may have a defective emergency interior trunk release that could be a trap risk for trunk occupants, according to Consumer Reports. The flaw was discovered by accident by Jake Fisher, one of the publication’s testers, during an evaluation of the two...Read More»

2005 Honda Pilot EX
2005 Honda Pilot Probed For Braking, Steering Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun a preliminary investigation into certain 2005 model year Honda Pilot SUVs for potential braking and steering issues. An estimated 87,803 Honda Pilots from the 2005 model year may be involved. The Office of Defects Investigation...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Studied For Faulty Steering Columns

Just days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation into alleged shattering sunroofs in the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the agency began a new probe to investigate the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe for a steering column defect. Details of the preliminary...Read More»

Exploding counterfeit airbag - NHTSA
Feds: Counterfeit Airbags Pose Extreme Safety Risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory this week, warning of the “extreme safety risk” posed by counterfeit airbags. These phony airbags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts, the agency said. They even have...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Phony Airbags: What To Do If You Have Them On Your Car

As we mentioned yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an alert to U.S. car owners, warning them that their car could be carrying counterfeit airbags. Although NHTSA says that no deaths or injuries have been associated with the recently discovered glut of fake...Read More»

Nissan's Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication technology
Nissan's New Safety Tech Knows When You Hit The Gas By Mistake

You've probably heard of "Brake Assist", the in-car technology that automatically slows a vehicle when the onboard computer senses that a collision is imminent. You've probably also heard of "Lane Assist", which lets drivers know when they've drifted out of their travel lane. Now, Nissan has...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles For Faulty Power-Window Switch

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving some 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a faulty power-window switch that could melt and lead to a fire. Worldwide, the safety recall involves 7.4 million vehicles, marking the largest recall in Toyota’s 75-year history. The...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Subject of NHTSA Probe Into Shattering Sunroofs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports alleging that the panoramic sunroofs on certain 2012 model year Hyundai Veloster compact cars suddenly shattered without warning. The agency’s office of defects investigation (ODI)...Read More»

2003 Honda Odyssey
NHTSA Investigating 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey, Pilot For Alleged Ignition Interlock Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into alleged ignition interlock failures involving 577,100 Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV models from the 2003 and 2004 model years. A report in the Wall Street Journal says the “alleged...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES: Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just designated four 2013 models as Top Safety Picks. Included are the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan, Subaru XV Crosstrek small wagon, Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV, and the Lexus ES mid-size luxury car. The Top Safety Pick is the IIHS’s...Read More»

2003 Honda Accord
Honda Accord Recall Adds 572,000 Vehicles To Tally For Faulty Hoses, Fire Risk

Honda is expanding a May 2012 recall of the Accord V-6 to include an additional 572,000 vehicles. The additional vehicles include some from the 2003 to 2007 model years, equipped with V-6 engines and sold in the United States. The automaker says on its website that over time, the power steering...Read More»

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