Car Safety

2019 Mazda 6, 2019 Mazda CX-9 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors
2019 Mazda 6, 2019 Mazda CX-9 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 crossover both earned Top Safety Pick+ nods from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Mazda announced Monday. Both models aced the organization's crashworthiness and collision avoidance tests (including the passenger-side small overlap test), and models built...Read More»

Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi earns two more Top Safety Picks for Q3 and A7

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Audi two more coveted safety awards, giving the 2019 A7 Sportback its Top Safety Pick nod and the redesigned 2019 Q3 crossover its much-sought-after Top Safety Pick+ recognition. Both awards come with asterisks, however: they were bestowed only...Read More»

AAA tests pedestrian detection systems in 2019 models
Study: Emergency braking with pedestrian detection might not actually detect pedestrians

Cars don’t see as well at night and they don't see well when turning right, according to a report by AAA published on Friday. In simulated testing, vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection could not be relied on to prevent collisions with pedestrians...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV  -  IIHS passenger-side small overlap front test
2019 Chevy Bolt gets a lower safety rating from IIHS

Chevrolet's all-electric Bolt EV received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it debuted for the 2017 model year, but newer models no longer qualify for this coveted title. The Bolt received a "Poor" rating for both of its available headlight configurations...Read More»

2020 Nissan Versa First Drive
Nissan recalls 1.2 million new vehicles for faulty rearview cameras

Nissan has initiated a recall of more than 1.2 million vehicles due to the rearview camera potentially displaying a blank screen when the affected vehicles are put in reverse. The recall campaign covers almost every model sold under both the Nissan brand and luxury subsidiary Infiniti since 2018...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport earns Top Safety Pick

Honda's new midsize two-row SUV has earned the IIHS's Top Safety Pick nod for the 2019 model year, narrowly missing the coveted Top Safety Pick+ recognition. The Honda Passport got high marks in most categories, earning "Good" ratings for driver's side small overlap, moderate front overlap, side...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
What are active safety features and how do they work?

Safety always has been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 crash
Tesla Model 3 finally earns brand's IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The Tesla Model 3 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model 3 electric vehicle earned top “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights from the nation's...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan Rogue investigated over sudden braking

An investigation into sudden, unnecessary emergency braking by Nissan's compact Rogue crossover will continue, NHTSA announced Tuesday, after an automotive safety advocacy group petitioned the agency to advise Nissan to conduct a recall campaign. According to the original defect petition submitted...Read More»

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package
2017 Ford Explorer recalled for sharp seat edges

Ford is recalling nearly 335,000 model year 2017 Explorers equipped with power-adjustable seats due to sharp edges on the frames which can result in hand injuries. The company said it has received 31 reports of injuries from customers reaching between the seat and the center console and coming into...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
GM recalls 3.4M trucks and SUVs for braking issue

General Motors is recalling 3.46 million newer model trucks and full-size SUVs for a brake issue that can increase the risk of a crash. The recall of 3,456,111 vehicles in the U.S. includes certain models of the 2014-2018 Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Sierra...Read More»

General Motors safety technology infographic
Study: Automated safety features significantly reduce the risk of vehicle crashes

Those automated safety features may just be worth it after all. A study released by GM on Monday found that safety technology such as automatic emergency braking reduced rear-end collisions by 46 percent and reverse automatic braking reduced back-out crashes by 81 percent. “We can make...Read More»

Rear seat reminder GMC
Automakers agree to install rear seat reminders to prevent heatstroke deaths in children

A coalition of 20 automakers has promised to implement rear seat reminder technology no later than 2025 in order to combat child heatstroke deaths. In 2018, more than 50 children, mostly infants, died from heatstroke deaths after being left unattended in cars, which is the most annually since 1998...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500
Ram 1500 pickup is the first Top Safety Pick+ truck from Detroit

The Ram 1500 is the first full-size pickup from a domestic automaker to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded agency announced Tuesday. The rating applies to both 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500 pickups, albeit in narrow configurations. The rating applies to specific...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade nabs Top Safety Pick+ award

Independent testers have good things to say about Hyundai's biggest three-row crossover. On Friday, the insurance industry-funded IIHS said top trims of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade netted a Top Safety Pick+ award for crashworthiness and active safety. The Palisade joins the Kia Sorento and Subaru...Read More»

Honda safety demonstration
Many new car owners say active safety features annoy them

Active safety features have become key reasons why people choose one car over another, but according to one ownership survey, some buyers may opt out when it comes time to purchase their next vehicle. The survey results were released this week as part of J.D. Power's 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index...Read More»

Honda safety demonstration
Decades of engineering preceded the milliseconds before this Honda was crashed

Hidden in crumpled metal, rippled hoods, shattered wheels, and smeared paint, Honda engineers have found order. Order exists all around them, of course. The research and design center near Columbus, Ohio, coats cold office space with white paint and lots of sterile concrete, hard walls, and...Read More»

2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo S90, XC90 awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

Volvo scored two more Top Safety Pick awards for its 2019 lineup, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced Thursday. This round of awards goes to the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. Both vehicles were penalized for the subpar performance of their optional curve-following headlights...Read More»

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid
More than 100K 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ sedans recalled for seat belts that can erode

Ford announced last week that it would recall more than 100,000 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans for seat belt fasteners that could erode and fail to hold occupants in place in a crash. The automaker said it was aware of one injury caused by the faulty seat belts. In a statement, Ford...Read More»

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