Car Safety

Automatic emergency braking is standard on more cars, but domestic automakers lag
Automatic emergency braking is standard on more cars, but domestic automakers lag

Some of the world’s top automakers have made life-saving technology known as automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard equipment on new vehicles in the U.S., three years early. The rare voluntary cooperation among 20 automakers was announced in 2015 with a target to make AEB standard on most...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 crash test, via IIHS
IIHS toughens criteria for Top Safety Pick awards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will toughen safety standards for its coveted Top Safety Pick awards, the insurance-funded group announced Wednesday. But those standards include pricier equipment, such as LED headlights, that cost more for new car shoppers. “We’re interested...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3  -  IIHS small overlap frontal crash test
New cars are safer but most owners won't have them for decades, says study

Critical life-saving safety features are arriving to new cars quicker but still take decades to trickle down to a majority of car owners. On Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety-Highway Loss Data Institute reported that an analysis of cars' crashworthiness and safety systems revealed...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Equinox
2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features

The 2020 Chevy Equinox compact crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick award, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported last month. The insurance-industry funded group recognized the high-beam assist feature standard on the 2020 Equinox for improved ratings on its headlight tests, helped...Read More»

2012 Mazda6
Mazda recalls vehicles already recalled and repaired for faulty airbags

Like a Major League Baseball season and the Twitter feeds of narcissists, the Takata airbag fiasco seems never-ending. In paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week, Mazda announced two recalls for cars with passenger front airbag inflators that had already been replaced under a previous recall. The...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy earn IIHS safety awards

Subaru's redesigned 2020 Outback wagon and 2020 Legacy sedan both earned safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the advocacy organization announced Friday. The high-riding Outback was recognized with a Top Safety Pick nod, while the four-door Legacy managed to one-up it with...Read More»

2019 Audi E-tron
2019 Audi E-Tron crashes well, scores five stars from the NHTSA

Now that both sets of crash tests have been performed, the 2019 Audi E-Tron can claim to be one of the safest cars on the road. The NHTSA reports that the 2019 E-Tron has earned a five-star overall rating in its series of crash tests. The SUV scored four-star ratings in both frontal-impact tests...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive
2020 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair earn Top Safety Pick nods

Both the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Lincoln Corsair have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as Top Safety Picks in crashworthiness and collision avoidance testing, the organization announced Friday. The two models aced all of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, earning "Good"...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award

Toyota's mid-size pickup received a 2019 Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced earlier this month. The award comes thanks to a new set of optional headlights that boosted it toward the top of the class in safety. While the 2020 Tacoma crew...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights

The 2020 Lexus RX has received a Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some strategic improvements to its crash structure and an updated set of headlights. For the first time, the 2020 RX swept the insurance watchdog's crashworthiness tests, receiving a...Read More»

2020 Chrysler Voyager
2020 Chrysler Voyager earns top 5-star safety rating from feds

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager minivan earned a top five-star crash test safety rating from the NHTSA, the automaker announced Tuesday. The minivan earned top marks in crash testing that included front impact, side impact, and a battery of other tests. Of the eight tests, the Voyager only scored one...Read More»

2019 Ford Edge
2019 Ford Edge earns the automaker its first IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2019

The 2019 Ford Edge crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS when equipped with certain headlights, marking the first time a Ford vehicle has received the coveted safety distinction for the 2019 model year. “We are really pleased the insurance industry places such a high...Read More»

IIHS tests pedestrian detection in 2019 Hyundai Sonata
Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds

Pedestrian detection systems on six mid-size cars earned top honors from the IIHS on Tuesday for recognizing adults and children in roadways and significantly slowing or stopping altogether to avoid injurious or fatal crashes. Three other mid-size sedans didn't earn a rating because they failed to...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI  (Euro-spec)
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick+

Volkswagen's entry-level family SUV was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ on certain trims with LED headlights. Overall, the compact crossover earned top marks in crash testing regardless of trim. "The 2019 Tiguan earns good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class snags IIHS Top Safety Pick+ trophy—with the right lights

One of the newest crossover SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz family now can be called one of the safest, provided it's outfitted with optional headlights. The IIHS reported on Wednesday that the 2020 Mercedes GLE-Class SUV has earned its Top Safety Pick+ award, so long as the vehicle in question rolled...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
Updated Lexus UX headlights earn Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

Updated headlights on 2019 Lexus UX crossovers earned top scores from the IIHS in recent tests and netted the small luxury crossover a Top Safety Pick+ award. Lexus Enthusiast was the first to report the findings Monday. In May, the IIHS reported that the new Lexus UX, which is related to the...Read More»

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NHTSA finally plans to get 5-star testing up to speed

New vehicles will have to meet more rigorous safety standards to earn five-star safety ratings doled out by federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday. “American car buyers want safety, and NHTSA wants to help by creating additional market-based...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon earns top crash safety ratings despite poor headlights

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon just missed a Top Safety Pick award due to headlights with either deficient visibility or excessive glare. But when it comes to crashworthiness, the full-size sedan earned the praise of the IIHS, which conducts the most rigorous crash-safety testing of any non-profit...Read More»

2018 Subaru Forester
More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors

Subaru will recall certain Forester crossover SUVs equipped with heated front seats, the company announced this month. A loose electrical connection can cause a malfunction in the occupant detection system (ODS), which detects the relative size of a front-seat passenger. If the ODS doesn't detect a...Read More»

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