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Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

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 drivers. In 2012, the IIHS implemented its small front overlap crash test, which involves only 25 percent of the front of a... read more

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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


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrids Recalled For Software Fix

Honda is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Accord Hybrid sedans to address a software issue that may disable the cars' gasoline engines. A defect in the cell voltage sensors... read more October 9, 2015 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X: The New Safest SUV?

The Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] Model X SUV has been revealed in production form; and while the packaging and performance of this new electric SUV are mostly as expected, there... read more September 30, 2015 by


 
2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V Small Crossover Utility Gets Highest Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has the highest overall safety score for government crash tests. Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-test scores for the Fit-based... read more September 13, 2015 by


 
2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014

2015 Honda Fit Recall: Concern Over Potential Stalling

Honda will recall around 18,000 of its new Fit hatchbacks due to concern about the potential for stalling. The problem is associated with the affected cars' plug top ignition... read more September 4, 2015 by


 
2015 Toyota Prius C IIHS small-overlap front crash test

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a "IIHS Top Safety Pick" among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test... read more August 10, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum-Body Pickup: Mixed IIHS Safety Scores

It was one of the biggest questions about the 2015 Ford F-150: How would the truck's aluminum cab and pickup bed fare in today's rigorous safety testing? While aluminum has... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Fix Engine Shut-Off Problem

Ford is recalling 2015 C-Max hybrids to address a software glitch, as part of a larger recall of more than 432,000 2015 models. The software-related malfunction in the... read more July 6, 2015 by


 

 
 

 
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