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IIHS names 2017 Chevrolet Volt a Top Safety Pick+

IIHS names 2017 Chevrolet Volt a Top Safety Pick+

In the most recent round of crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid performed quite well. The institute designated this year's Volt a "Top Safety Pick+"—the highest rating available. The current, second-generation Volt... read more

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2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot crash probe highlights NHTSA weakness in electronic systems

The May 7 fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot and ensuing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation have generated intense... read more July 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Mazda CX-3

IIHS small-SUV headlight ratings show how bad most lights actually are

It's something that a lot of auto reviewers know, but maybe haven't focused on: most new-car headlights just aren't that good. Now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety... read more July 12, 2016 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Toyota Prius, Plug-In, Lexus CT200h recalled for airbag issues, not Takata-related

Toyota has announced that it will recall 482,000 hybrid cars registered in the U.S. over potentially faulty airbags. The recall encompasses 2010 through 2012 Toyota Prius... read more June 30, 2016 by


 
2016 Hyundai Tucson, IIHS small front overlap crash test

Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

In a recent test of small crossover-utility vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that front-seat passengers may not be as well protected as... read more June 23, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']

Tesla can look at owners' driving behavior any time; is that legal?

It happens every so often: a driver claims that a car accelerated out of control just before it crashed into something or other. Only in the last 10 years have automakers had... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

Tesla Model S suspensions, NHTSA, NDAs: what you need to know (further update)

A post on a small auto-industry blog that accused startup carmaker Tesla Motors of concealing potentially hazardous suspension breakages blew up into a major media... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']

Tesla refutes owner claims of Model X 'sudden acceleration' before crash

It started with a post two days ago on the owners' forum on the Tesla Motors website. In it, an owner with the user name "Puzant" claimed that a five-day-old Tesla Model X... read more June 7, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X launch in Fremont, California

Tesla Model X recall to replace third-row seat backs after European safety test

Tesla Motors will recall 2,700 Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to replace seat backs in the third row after a recliner unexpectedly slipped during seat-strength... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

2016 Toyota Prius hybrid gets good IIHS, NHTSA crash safety scores

The 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid has already been on sale for a few months, but crash-test scores are just now being released. The fourth-generation Prius did well in both... read more April 11, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S fire at Supercharger station, Brokelandsheia, Norway, Jan 2016  [frame from VG TV]

Tesla Model S fire in Norway caused by short circuit in car

The topic of electric cars and fires is a fraught one, not helped by the recent spate of videos of cheap Chinese hoverboards in flames. Any fire in an electric car tends to... read more March 21, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf recall: brake software update for cold-weather use

Nissan will recall around 47,000 Leaf electric cars to address an issue with braking performance in cold weather. In very cold temperatures, the relay inside the cars'... read more March 14, 2016 by


 
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

2011-2015 VW Touareg Hybrid SUVs Recalled For Battery Tray Fix

The recently-discontinued Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid SUV is being recalled to address an issue with the tray that holds its battery pack. VW needs to fit a drain to the... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Consumer Reports tests Tesla Model S "Summon"

Tesla Adds Safety Provisions To 'Summon' Self-Driving Feature

Tesla is deploying software modifications for its "Summon" autonomous-driving feature in response to criticism from Consumer Reports. After testing the system on its own... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Spoof film shot with Toyota Prius backup camera screencap

Toyota Prius Backup Camera: Newest Tool For Film Auteurs?

Cameras are virtually everywhere these days, making it easier to record images than ever before. They're small enough to be hoisted aloft by drones, and some filmmakers are... read more January 24, 2016 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

All 90,000 Tesla Model S Electric Cars Recalled For Seat-Belt Check

The news emerged late last week: Tesla Motors is recalling all 90,000-plus Model S electric cars it's built to check that their seat belts were properly connected. The recall... read more November 23, 2015 by


 

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