Car Safety

 
Electric-car charging station safety: what you need to know

Electric-car charging station safety: what you need to know

Like any consumer product, it's important to consider safety when buying a charging station for an electric car. While plugging the vehicle into a station is straightforward, the large amount of current carried over the cord from the power source to the car makes caution worthwhile. Even... read more

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Now Toyota can make electric cars: it's tamed lithium-ion batteries, it says

Toyota is one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on... read more October 31, 2016 by


 
Tesla Autopilot

How safe is Tesla Autopilot? Parsing the statistics (as suggested by Elon Musk)

One of the tools Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have used to defend the safety of its Autopilot software is the dark and perplexing art of statistics. After a fatal... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

2016-17 Toyota Prius hybrids recalled for emergency-brake issue

The latest generation of Toyota Prius hybrid cars is being recalled to address an issue with their emergency brakes. The Prius was redesigned for the 2016 model year and is... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

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... read more September 15, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 upgrade would have averted fatal crash, Musk says

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a history of making bold claims about the capabilities of his company's products, and the latest version of Autopilot is no different. Over the... read more September 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

How many different groups are investigating Tesla Autopilot crashes?

The fatal May 7 crash involving a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot continues to occupy news coverage, as well as garnering attention from regulatory agencies. The National... read more July 20, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars recalled for passenger airbag fault

Certain 2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars are being recalled to address an airbag fault. The affected cars may suffer from an electrical problem that could disable... read more July 14, 2016 by


 
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


 

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