Car Safety

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Get Top IIHS Crash-Safety Ratings

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Get Top IIHS Crash-Safety Ratings

Among the many things that confuse or worry potential buyers of plug-in electric cars is whether they'll be safe. One concern is car washes or even deep pools of water, but another is whether the battery pack will be damaged or dangerous in an accident. Well, now you can chalk that last one off the... read more

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Think City electric vehicle

Even Electric Cars Get Recalled: 2011 Think City Safety Notices

Recall notices are now a standard part of the automotive landscape. Last year's recall of almost 10 million Toyota and Lexus models only highlighted the fact that most... read more January 31, 2011 by 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture

Electric Cars And Safety: Crashing For Your Reassurance

Range is one of those recurring talking points with electric cars, used by EV critics whenever they want a cheap shot. Keen to make sure safety doesn't become another, the... read more January 21, 2011 by  2

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture

Big Crash, Small Electric Car: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Barrier Test

It's both true and not-so-true: Small cars are dangerous in a crash. It's true, in that the laws of physics indicate a heavier object will have more momentum than a lighter... read more January 18, 2011 by  1

SARTRE self-driving cars first real-world test

Video: Europe Looking To Curb Emissions With Self Driving Cars

Scientists in Europe are working closely with major industry and government as part of a new initiative called SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment), which hopes to... read more January 17, 2011 by  4

Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Electric Car Crashes? Just As Safe As Any Other Volvo

Despite thousands of automotive gasoline fires in the U.S. every year, we've pretty much normalized the risks of the highly explosive liquid that we use to fuel our cars. But... read more January 11, 2011 by  3

Volvo C30 Electric crash test

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Volvo Shows Off Crashed Electric C30

You might think that having a twisted lump of metal on your auto show stand probably isn't the best way to promote your latest product. Most manufacturers would agree with... read more January 11, 2011 by  1

2009 Toyota Prius

Toyota To Service, Not Recall, Hybrid Cooling-Pump Components

Toyota plans to service approximately 650,000 of the more than 2 million Prius hybrids it has built to date, to correct a potential flaw in a cooling pump that could cause... read more November 30, 2010 by  1

2005 Honda Accord Hybrid

NHTSA Investigating Honda Accord Hybrid For Unintended Acceleration

Normally it’s Toyota that’s in the headlines whenever ‘unintended acceleration’ is concerned, however, this time ‘round it’s close rival... read more November 23, 2010 by 

AFutureEV Fire - Oslo

Electric Vehicle Conversion Fires: What You Need to Know

Earlier this month, a warehouse containing memorabilia owned by rocker Neil Young was involved in a three-alarm fire that destroyed many priceless possessions. Among the... read more November 17, 2010 by  1

2004 Toyota Prius accelerator pedal after being shortened as part of sudden-acceleration recall

Photos: Padgett's Post-Recall Prius Pedal, Accelerator Shortened

While the dust is now settling on a year's worth of recalls by a beleagured Toyota, the company is still working to modify millions of vehicles that are potentially involved... read more August 31, 2010 by 

2011 Ford Fiesta IIHS crash tests

2011 Ford Fiesta Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick, First Subcompact To Do So

You've probably heard it through the years: "I'd love to drive a small car but, you know, they're just not safe." Sometimes it's followed by: "That's why I got a [insert name... read more August 26, 2010 by  1

Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando

Toyota Prius To Make Noise During Electric Running, in Japan

In another step toward making silent electric cars less so, Toyota Prius hybrids sold in Japan are to be offered with an optional system that broadcasts a "humming" noise... read more August 25, 2010 by 

2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf: Waterboarded For Your Safety

However strongly you feel about torture testing in other situations, it's necessary when it comes to car safety. Without crash tests, cold- and hot-weather testing, and some... read more August 4, 2010 by  3

Mitsubishi MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Drive: Mixed Verdict from USA Today

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an intriguing prospect. On the one hand, it was one of the first breed of usable electric cars to the market. It's a proper car that doesn't feel... read more July 26, 2010 by  3

2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View

2010 Scion XB: Quick Review

The 2010 Scion xB is a little more curvy than the previous model.  However, it still has that boxy look that you either love, or hate.  Some buyers will think it's a quirky... read more July 12, 2010 by 


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