Car Safety

 
Some Small Cars Generate Big Insurance Claims

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 prevent them in the first place. Even so, statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Highway Loss Data... read more

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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


 
New Tires

Tips For Checking Your Tires: Improve Gas Mileage, Safety

Round, black, and easily forgettable--that's your average car tire. Often, we don't think about them until we need to change them, whether the tread is wearing low or we get... read more May 7, 2012 by  6


 
Massachusetts Electric Car Plate

Is It A Hybrid Or Electric Car? In Massachusetts, Check The Plate

These days, unless you’re an ardent fan of hybrid or electric cars, it can be pretty hard to tell them apart from their gasoline equivalents. For the average motorist... read more April 25, 2012 by  13


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing

NHTSA Closes Chevy Volt Battery-Pack Fire Safety Investigation

Well, it's all over but the shouting now. This afternoon, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement saying it had closed its investigation into... read more January 20, 2012 by  10


 
2009 Toyota Prius

Prius Unintended Acceleration: Electronic Faults Untraceable

A new report from a National Academy of Sciences panel has said that the NHTSA was justified in closing a probe into Toyota's 2009 and 2010 unintended acceleration cases... read more January 20, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

Fisker Issues Recall And Personal Apology For Software Glitch

As cars become increasingly complex, with more and more systems controlling their operation, recalls for first-year models are all but inevitable. Such is the case with the... read more January 13, 2012 by  4


 
Structural enhancements to fit to Chevy Volt electric car to avoid post-crash battery-pack fires.

Animation Shows Chevy Volt Crash Safety Updates: Video

Yesterday, General Motors announced a Customer Satisfaction Program for all assembled Chevy Volt sedans, aimed at strengthening the battery compartment to prevent coolant... read more January 6, 2012 by  0


 
2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert

Chevrolet To Offer Volt Modifications Against Battery Fire Risk

GM announced today that it would offer a "customer satisfaction" initiative that provides modifications to roughly 12,400 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric cars to... read more January 5, 2012 by  7


 
2011 Nissan Leaf - battery pack

Tsunami-Damaged Nissan Leafs Show Strength Of Battery Packs

When we wrote last year about the 2011 Nissan Leaf being waterboarded for your safety, little did we know an even sterner test was about to challenge the safety of Nissan's... read more December 26, 2011 by  3


 

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