Crash tests

Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating.... Read More »



Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions.... Read More »



Making vehicles safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
It's not surprising that several minicars and subcompacts generally fared poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap crash test. In the short term, the results may embarrass some automakers. But longer term, it's good news for consumers because automakers will make better vehicles for the next round of testing.... Read More »


Minicars fare worst in U.S. frontal crash test, report says

Jan. 22, 2014 10:49 CET
Minicars such as the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a U.S. frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree.... Read More »


Toyota Camry regains Consumer Reports' favor after crash test results

12:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
The Toyota Camry, headed for its 12th consecutive year as the best-selling car in the U.S., returned to Consumer Reports' recommended list after showing improvement on an insurance-industry crash test.... Read More »


BMW i3 fails to earn EuroNCAP's top safety rating

Nov. 27, 2013 15:56 CET
BMW's electric i3 has earned four out of a possible five stars in a EuroNCAP safety test after scoring poorly in the pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems categories.... Read More »


Toyota's high-tech safety push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
Toyota is forging ahead on advanced safety systems, even as it falls behind rivals on more mundane crash-protection technology.... Read More »


Honda Odyssey gets high marks on new IIHS crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a stringent new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving the updated minivan critical bragging rights with safety-oriented shoppers.... Read More »



Testing crash prevention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
A test track being built by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to measure the effectiveness of accident-avoidance technology is a welcome development.... Read More »


Toyota hustles to remedy low crash ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. is racing to make its cars stronger in frontal crash tests after some vehicles, including the RAV4 compact crossover, were stung by poor safety ratings.... Read More »


5-star rating isn't enough for the Musk publicity machine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Tesla's Model S sedan has aced every government crash test, receiving five-star ratings on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal, side, rear and rollover tests.... Read More »


Breakthrough or bauble? Safety lab is on the case

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
As marketing machines and tech blogs hum over the new generation of crash-prevention technologies, a complex question hangs over the whole field: Do they work, in the real world, well enough to trust over a driver's own reflexes? Researchers are used to crashing cars into barriers to see how they fare, but the new wave of technology defies such techniques.... Read More »


Tesla Model S aces government crash tests

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Tesla Motors has passed its first government crash tests with flying colors, winning an overall five-star rating for the Model S, as CEO Elon Musk had promised. The all-electric sedan received five stars, the highest possible score, on the frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to test results posted on the NHTSA Web site.... Read More »


Honda Civic still best among compacts on new IIHS crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
The Honda Civic is still the only small car to get the top rating on a new test that simulates a severe front-end crash, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. Many popular and entry-level small cars struggled in a new round of "small overlap" crash tests, which replicates an accident in which the front corner of a car clips another car, a pole or a tree at 40 mph.... Read More »


Robots take the wheel for Ford road tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2013
Making sure vehicles are "built Ford tough" has become too tough on the test drivers whose job involves putting thousands of bone-jarring, teeth-rattling, mind-numbing miles on new models. So Ford has started giving some of that work to replacements who don't need breaks: robots.... Read More »


Mercedes Citan vans recalled over faulty airbags

May 6, 2013 16:10 CET
Daimler is recalling 3,500 Mercedes-Benz Citan vans in Europe because of faulty airbags. The Citan is a derivative of the Renault Kangoo and recently scored only three out of five stars in an NCAP test.... Read More »


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