Car Safety

First drive: Lexus Teammate driver-assistance system wants to know you’re there
First drive: Lexus Teammate driver-assistance system wants to know you’re there

Lexus’s Teammate driver-assistance system flashed red at me and grew impatient. As I ignored its alerts to take control of the steering wheel, it rang audible alerts in increasing levels of alarm. I wanted to see if I could game the hands-free driving system, but Teammate wouldn’t have...Read More»

2020 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3, Model Y lose top safety ratings after dropping radar

Safety agencies deemed newer Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles less safe due to a Tesla update intended to make the vehicles more safe. The NHTSA, IIHS, and Consumer Reports all downgraded safety ratings following Tesla's announcement earlier this week of its transition away from radar-based...Read More»

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
Ford recalls more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans for transmission issue

Ford is recalling 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect cargo and passenger vans equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the automaker announced Thursday. A faulty shift cable could fail to park the car. Operators of the affected vehicles can shift the gear selector into Park, turn off the engine...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
Traffic and pedestrian fatalities hit record levels in 2020 despite fewer miles driven, safety officials say

Roadways were less safe even though fewer people were driving in 2020, and pedestrians incurred the brunt of the increase. Pedestrian deaths increased at a record rate, according to estimates projected by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) published last week. There were 6,721...Read More»

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class (GLB250)
Mercedes-Benz joins other automakers in recalling millions of cars for rearview camera issue

Mercedes-Benz announced the recall of most of its sedans and crossover SUVs from the 2019-2021 model years for a rearview camera that can project a blank screen when the vehicle is in reverse. A dealer visit or over-the-air update to the MBUX multimedia infotainment system can fix the shortcoming...Read More»

2015 Kia Optima
Kia recalls already recalled Optima and Sorento for increased fire risk

Kia announced the recall of vehicles already recalled for leaking brake fluid that increased the chance of engine fires, but the company says this time the fix will include enhanced safety measures. The recall affects 283,803 Kia Optima mid-size sedans and 156,567 Kia Sorento mid-size SUV from the...Read More»

Toyota vehicles used in IIHS crash testing
IIHS, Consumer Reports name safest used cars

Safety does not need to come at a steep price, according to the latest recommendations from Consumer Reports and the IIHS. The safest cars for teens, inexperienced drivers, or car shoppers keen on crash protection can still be affordable, despite sky-high used car prices, the organizations...Read More»

2022 Acura MDX
2022 Acura MDX earns highest safety honors

The redesigned 2022 Acura MDX crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS for its ability to withstand and avoid a crash with other vehicles and pedestrians, the safety agency announced Tuesday. Considered the most rigorous safety rating of independent and federal testers, a Top...Read More»

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Ford Bronco Sport earns Top Safety Pick+

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport compact crossover earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the nonprofit, insurance company-funded safety agency announced Friday. The baby cousin of the forthcoming Ford Bronco, the Ford Bronco Sport earned the highest marks in the industry's toughest safety tests...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra top trims earn Top Safety Pick awards

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV and 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan earn a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS when equipped with certain headlights, the automaker announced Tuesday. The Elantra and Santa Fe join seven other 2021 Hyundai models with a TSP recognition. Both vehicles...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford, Volvo, Audi prove electric vehicles as safe as gas cars: IIHS

Electric vehicles are as safe at withstanding and avoiding crashes as gas cars, and generate fewer injury claims, according to the latest safety report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “It’s fantastic to see more proof that these vehicles are as safe as or safer...Read More»

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo earns highest safety marks with sweep of Top Safety Pick+ awards

Every 2021 Volvo model earned a Top Safety Pick+ award, the automaker announced Thursday. The 2021 XC40 Recharge small electric crossover completed the sweep of coveted safety awards. A TSP+ award from the IIHS is considered the most rigorous safety honor in the industry, and reflects a vehicle's...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
Subaru issues two recalls encompassing 870,000 Crosstrek, Impreza, and Forester models

Subaru on Thursday announced two separate recalls involving three of its most popular models. Citing an abundance of caution, Subaru recalled the 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and hatchback and 2018-2019 Crosstrek small crossover that shares its bones with the Impreza hatch. The engine control module...Read More»

Ford BlueCruise
Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist

Ford has changed the name of its hands-free driving system from Active Drive Assist to BlueCruise, the automaker announced on Wednesday. The release followed 500,000 miles of developmental testing of the Level 2 system set to roll out in the third quarter of this year in the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup...Read More»

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback
2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2021 Audi Q5 luxury crossover SUV and the 2021 Q5 Sportback earned Top Safety Pick+ awards, which is the most rigorous honor for automotive safety in the U.S. The insurance-industry funded IIHS said in a statement released Tuesday that improved headlights improved the vehicles' safety ratings...Read More»

2021 Nissan Murano
2021 Nissan Murano upgrades to Top Safety Pick+

New safety technology and better headlights earned the 2021 Nissan Murano a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, the safety agency announced Tuesday. To earn the automotive industry's highest safety honor, a vehicle must earn "Good" marks on all six crash tests and earn at least "Advanced" ratings on...Read More»

2020 Genesis G80
Hyundai's fire issues spread to Genesis in latest recall

Hyundai is recalling certain Genesis sedans for a short circuit in the anti-lock braking system that could lead to a fire in the engine compartment, the NHTSA announced Monday. The latest in a series of engine fire recalls from the automaker and its sister company Kia now spread to Hyundai's luxury...Read More»

2021 Genesis GV80 in IIHS testing
2021 Genesis GV80 SUV earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2021 Genesis GV80 earned the highest honor from the IIHS, who gave the new luxury SUV a Top Safety Pick+ distinction on Thursday. The non-profit agency funded by the insurance industry cited "Good" results in all six crash tests, and said its standard automatic emergency braking system earned...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Ford confirms recall of 2.6 million vehicles with Takata airbags

Ford initiated a recall of 2.6 million older vehicles with defective Takata airbags following an NHTSA ruling in January that found the vehicles to be at risk. Those exact models were specified by Ford on Friday, as the largest automotive recall in history continues to reverberate years after the...Read More»

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