Car Safety

Report: Traffic fatalities drop to lowest rate since 2014, despite increase in miles driven
Report: Traffic fatalities drop to lowest rate since 2014, despite increase in miles driven

Traffic fatalities dropped 2% in 2019 despite a 1% increase in miles driven, the NHTSA confirmed last week. Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities caused by cars dropped significantly, while drunk driving related fatalities dropped to their lowest levels since 1982. The 36,096 traffic fatalities in 2019...Read More»

Toyota Research Institute simulation of actual 3-car crash, to test Guardian active-safety system
IIHS, Consumer Reports put BMW, Mazda, Subaru on safety's nice list; FCA, GM remain naughty

A joint effort by the IIHS and Consumer Reports to encourage the adoption of automatic emergency braking found that most automakers have implemented the life-saving technology on their vehicles. Some automakers, though, remain on a list of those that have not equipped most of their vehicles with...Read More»

Car seats - NHTSA
Car seats as birth control? A new study explains the decline in three-child families

Could child safety seat regulations act as an unintended form of birth control? That's the assertion of two professors in a study called "Car seats as contraception." First reported by The Economist this week, the study found that increasingly restrictive child car seat laws have led to fewer...Read More»

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, left, and Limited, right
What's New for 2021: Subaru

Subaru's small but robust lineup continues to make inroads with shoppers of crossover SUVs. Standard all-wheel drive on all but the low-volume BRZ sports coupe gets complemented with more standard safety features on most 2021 models. With the Subaru Outback wagon and Legacy sedan redesigned for...Read More»

Ford Mustang Mach-E Active Drive Assist
2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E hands-free driving system priced like Cadillac's Super Cruise

Ford's hands-free driving system launches on the 2021 Ford F-150 for $1,595 and on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E for $3,200, Ford announced Friday. Called Active Drive Assist, the technology uses a camera and radar sensors to drive the vehicles without driver intervention on more than 100,000 miles...Read More»

Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assistance systems
What is Nissan's Safety Shield 360?

Nissan and Infiniti offer Safety Shield 360, which is a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems that use electronic aids to provide drivers with more comfort and safety. Using cameras, radar units, and other sensors, a vehicle with Safety Shield 360 can maintain the speed of traffic and stay...Read More»

Cadillac Super Cruise
Cadillac's Super Cruise is the best driver assist system, says Consumer Reports

When it comes to helping you drive, one system guides better than all the rest and it is Cadillac's Super Cruise, Consumer Reports announced on Wednesday. The non-profit consumer advocacy group tested 17 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to determine which ones best helped the driver on...Read More»

2021 Toyota Venza Limited
2021 Toyota Venza, RAV4 Prime earn Top Safety Pick awards

The reborn 2021 Toyota Venza brings top crash-test ratings and a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS announced last week. The hybrid crossover SUV last sold for the 2015 model year as a crossover/wagon, and the new version gets a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, as well as a coveted TSP...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-3
Mazda, Subaru top safest new cars for teens list

Certain Mazda and Subaru vehicles make the safest new cars for teens, according to a list compiled by Consumer Reports and the IIHS and released on Wednesday. The list marks the second time the non-profit agencies have teamed up to recommend the safest cars for inexperienced drivers. In late July...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV earns a Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV aced crash tests and can be optioned with safety equipment that mitigates crashes, earning it a coveted Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Refreshed for 2020, the luxury compact crossover SUV comes equipped with plenty of standard safety equipment, but the optional...Read More»

2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan aced crash tests and excelled at preventing crashes, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, the agency announced last week. The non-profit funded by the insurance industry also commended the refreshed minivan's headlights and child safety seat hardware. To earn...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
GM issues stop-sale: 2020 Corvette, 2021 Trailblazer, Buick and Cadillac models recalled

GM has ordered dealers to stop selling several new models, and it issued a recall for the same models already in owners' possession, for potential brake failure. A defect in the electronic brake boost system affects certain 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2020-2021 Buick Encore...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer SUV earns Top Safety Pick+; Lincoln Aviator nabs TSP award

The 2020 Ford Explorer three-row SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest safety rating from the insurance company-funded IIHS, the automaker announced Monday. The mechanically related 2020 Lincoln Aviator earned a Top Safety Pick award. Both three-row crossover SUVs failed to earn...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Arteon
2020 Volkswagen Arteon sedan earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon full-size sedan earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the automaker announced this week. The Arteon previously earned top "Good" ratings on all six crash tests conducted by the IIHS, but until now did not qualify for the award due to headlights that rated "Poor."...Read More»

Lexus active safety equipment standard on every 2020 model
'Words matter': AAA study finds marketing muddles meaning of driver assistance systems

Breaking: People are fooled by marketing. This might not be news to anyone following the news, however when it comes to drivers buying new cars with new technology, the misinformation can be fatal for anyone on the road. AAA has joined the chorus of safety agencies and consumer watchdog groups in...Read More»

2015 Kia Optima
Hyundai, Kia recall 591,000 vehicles for possible brake issues that could lead to fire

Hyundai and Kia will recall more than 591,000 sedans and crossovers for a faulty anti-lock braking system that can cause an electrical short, which may lead to a fire, the automakers reported to federal safety officials last month. Hyundai announced it will recall 151,205 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe...Read More»

2021 Kia Seltos crash test
2021 Kia Seltos crossover aces crash-test ratings, falls short of awards

Kia's newest crossover—and its smallest—aced crash-testing by the insurance industry-funded IIHS but poor headlight efficacy kept the small crossover from climbing the agency's honor roll, safety officials announced Thursday. The 2021 Kia Seltos earned top marks in all crash tests...Read More»

2020 Ford F-150
2020 Ford F-150 pickups add standard automatic emergency braking to all trucks

New 2020 Ford F-150 trucks are all equipped with standard automatic emergency braking technology, the automaker confirmed Thursday. Previously, automatic emergency braking was reserved for Lariat trims and higher, although sometime during the 2020 model year, F-150 XLT models received the...Read More»

2021 Volvo models with five-star safety ratings
2021 Volvo XC90, XC60, XC40, S60 earn 5-star safety rating

Volvo's best-selling models earned five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA for 2021 models. Every 2021 Volvo vehicle tested earned the highest crash-test honors, including the 2021 Volvo XC90 three-row SUV, 2021 Volvo XC60 mid-size crossover, 2021 Volvo XC40 small crossover, 2021 Volvo S60...Read More»

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