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Hit A Pedestrian In This Electric Car? No Problem

Hit A Pedestrian In This Electric Car? No Problem

Generally, we'd advise that hitting a pedestrian with your car is something to best avoid. However, if worst came to worst, it'd be nice to know their chances of survival are as high as possible. That's the idea behind the latest unique creation from Japan, a soft, air-filled cusion car, hitting... read more

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2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Sandy Flood Fire Followup: Fisker Karma Battery Not At Fault

It's becoming an awkward, unfortunate routine. Somewhere, somehow, a Fisker Karma catches fire, and the company rushes in its inspectors and engineers to analyze the... read more November 6, 2012 by  15


 
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire fitted to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

'Green Tires' Popularity Increasing, Grip Improving Too

If you drive a hybrid or plug-in vehicle, chances are you're already familiar with 'green tires'. Also known as low rolling resistance tires, they're becoming an increasingly... read more October 18, 2012 by  5


 
2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima Gets Five-Star NCAP Crash-Test Rating

With all eyes turned to the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Nissan has quietly announced that its all-new 2013 Nissan Altima has been awarded a 5-star overall rating by the National... read more September 28, 2012 by  4


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing

House Bill Demands Safety, Jobs Analysis Of Gas-Mileage Rules

Politics is at best a messy and adversarial process. Add in a presidential election and the currently polarized political mood, and anything at all done by government is... read more September 24, 2012 by  6


 
2009 Toyota Yaris

Some Small Cars Generate Big Insurance Claims

Car safety has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few decades, with several technological advancements helping not only to protect you in an accident, but also... read more September 20, 2012 by  11


 
2013 Smart ForTwo Iceshine Special Edition

2013 Smart ForTwo: Strong Enough To Wear A Full-Size SUV As A Hat

You either like the 2013 Smart ForTwo minicar, or you don't. Few are ambivalent to a shape and a concept so divisive as the Smart, but U.S. sales would suggest that rather... read more September 13, 2012 by  13


 
2013 Acura ILX

Four Small Cars Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Designation

Four new 2013 vehicles have picked up 'good' ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash tests. The Acura ILX, a small luxury car, the new Ford... read more September 7, 2012 by  0


 
Screen capture from video by Aaron Wood of fire in 2012 Fisker Karma in Wooside, CA, August 2012

Fisker Karma Fire Due To Faulty Cooling Fan, Recall Underway, Factory Says

Well, that was quick. On Saturday, just eight days after a fire badly damaged a 2012 Fisker Karma, the company has completed its forensic investigation, announced the cause... read more August 20, 2012 by  11


 
Fisker Karma on fire in Woodside, California

Fisker Fire Cause: Not Exhaust, Battery, Or Electric Drive, Company Says

While Fisker's new CEO may be getting headlines today, the company continues to grapple with fallout from Friday's fire in a 2012 Fisker Karma. Over the weekend, Fisker had... read more August 14, 2012 by  16


 
Screen capture from video by Aaron Wood of fire in 2012 Fisker Karma in Wooside, CA, August 2012

Second Fisker Karma Fire Casts Fresh Doubt On Plug-In Hybrid

Given the hurricane of bad publicity for the Chevrolet Volt last year over a battery-pack fire (in a crash-testing vehicle, a week after it was wrecked), any fire at all in a... read more August 13, 2012 by  14


 
2012 BMW ActiveE  -  Driven in Monterey, February 2012

BMW ActiveE Safety Recall For Possible Power Steering Failure

BMW is recalling its ActiveE electric cars to replace a potentially faulty component whose failure could leave drivers without power steering. According to the text of the... read more July 6, 2012 by  8


 
2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze: Recalled For Safety Modifications

General Motors is recalling 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes in the U.S. to modify the engine shield under the vehicle. The recall, which affects 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles... read more June 22, 2012 by  1


 
2012 Chevy Volt Crash: © Livingstone County News / Michael Johnson

Huge 2012 Chevy Volt Crash Proves Its Safety Credentials

Ever since a battery pack from a 2012 Chevrolet Volt caught fire weeks after it was subjected to tough National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests in a laboratory... read more May 30, 2012 by  21


 
BYD e6 Fire: Aftermath

BYD e6 Electric Taxi Burns After 112-MPH Drunk Supercar Driver Crash

Over the weekend we heard the disturbing news that a BYD e6 electric taxi in Shenzhen China had burst into flames and killed three of its occupants after being hit by a... read more May 29, 2012 by  9


 
2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Fisker Karma Fire: Owner, Company, Analyst Trade Accusations

Oh dear. This could get ugly. The owner of a new 2012 Fisker Karma that burned to the ground in Sugar Land, Texas, is trading accusations with Fisker. The fire destroyed two... read more May 14, 2012 by  8


 
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