Car Safety

  • Michelin Uptis prototype tire, on Chevrolet Bolt EV

    Michelin has introduced a prototype airless tire that will soon be tested on a Chevrolet Bolt EV fleet in Michigan.

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Report: Autopilot was engaged when Tesla Model 3 crashed into semi

    A preliminary report released on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed an important piece of information in the fatal crash involving a 2018 Tesla Model 3 earlier this year: Autopilot was engaged. On March 1, the Model 3 was traveling southbound on U.S. 441—a...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron side-camera system: Is the U.S. missing out?

    Side-camera systems, replacing side mirrors, have been one of the de rigueur symbols of the future on auto-show concept cars for, well, pretty much this entire century so far. While we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of such systems for nearly as long—they’re not allowed...

  • Tesla Autopilot
    Tesla fatal crash rate with Autopilot could still be no better than with human drivers

    Since Tesla’s Autopilot was introduced back in October 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made extravagant claims about its superior safety. Last month, reacting to what Musk considers sensationalized media coverage of Tesla accidents, the company released the first of its promised quarterly...

  • Tesla Model 3 NHTSA test
    NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 perfect marks for crash safety

    The 2018 Tesla Model 3 aced its federal crash-test regimen and earned top, five-star scores on all of its sub-tests, safety officials said this week. The Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, which have both aced the NHTSA's tests. The insurance industry-funded IIHS has only rated the Model S...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy recalls some Bolt EVs, Volts over supplier brake issues

    Chevrolet this week recalled three to four months worth of production Bolt EVs and Volt plug-in hybrids over a potential brake issue that could increase stopping distances of the small vehicles. The recall affects 2018-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2018-2019 Volt models sold in the U.S. and Canada...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

    Toyota is launching one of its largest recalls on one of its most popular models—the Prius hybrid. Covering all Toyota Prius and Prius Plug-in models built between June 2015 and May 2018, the recall involves a wiring harness for the car's hybrid power control unit, which can chafe and start a fire, the company told Reuters. The problem surfaced in Japan, where one Prius began smoking, and led to the recall of more than 1 million cars worldwide, 192,000 of which are in the U.S. Affected models were sold in the U.S. as model years 2016-2018. Owners will begin receiving mailed notices this...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro hybrid nets top Safety Pick+ award, when properly equipped

    Tick all the right boxes and the 2018 Kia Niro earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the crash-testing agency said last week. To get to the highest-rated Niro, buyers need to opt for LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, features that can be paired together only on the Niro EX...

  • Tesla Model S owner talks about some do's and don't with the Autopilot system
    Autopilot Buddy defeats Tesla's safety systems; it is not your friend

    Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system has had its share of controversy, but the latest Autopilot controversy stems from a third-party accessory. An add-on weight dubbed Autopilot Buddy can allow drivers to keep their hands off a Tesla Model S or Model X steering wheel for extended periods of...

  • Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
    Investigators: Autopilot sped up before fatal Tesla Model X crash

    A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday said that a Tesla Model X traveling on Autopilot increased the vehicle's speed before it crashed into a highway barrier and killed its driver. The report of the March 23 crash that killed 38-year-old Walter Huang...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    IIHS rates Tesla Model 3 automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning

    After a spate of crashes involving drivers using Tesla's Autopilot system, the press is awash in speculation about its effectiveness. Now the IIHS, which rates accident avoidance systems across many automakers, has given the Tesla Model 3 its highest rating of "Superior" in its front crash...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    2018 Chevy Bolts recalled to update battery software, prevent shutdowns

    A voluntary software recall on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has been extended to 2018 models, a General Motors spokesman told Green Car Reports on Thursday. Last month, we reported that some owners of early 2017 Chevy Bolt EVs had failed batteries and would receive new batteries from GM. The fix also...

  • 2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

    Toyota may supply independent mechanics with parts and instructions for repairing, but not replacing, potentially faulty inverters on certain 2014 Prius models, Green Car Reports has learned. According to Automotive Career Development Center founder Craig Van Batenberg, Toyota for the first time has released parts for mechanics to potentially fix the inverters. According to Van Batenberg, the inverters may fail around 150,000 miles and it's not clear if an earlier recall that attempted to fix the inverters with software changes was effective. The potentially faulty inverters and their fixes...

  • 2018 Tesla Model X
    Report: Tesla kicked out from official investigation over fatal Model X crash

    Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt called Tesla CEO Elon Musk to tell him that the automaker would be removed from an investigation surrounding a fatal crash in March that killed its driver, 38-year-old Walter Huang.

  • 2012 Tesla Model S Signature
    Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S electric cars over steering-bolt corrosion

    Tesla will recall roughly 123,000 of the Model S electric cars it built from 2012 through April 2016 to replace bolts in the power-steering units of the electric cars. The company said the bolts could corrode in cars used on roads where calcium or magnesium salts are used to melt ice. The Model S...

  • On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)
    Automaker push to delay, modify, or kill CAFE is nothing new

    As automakers yet again lobby Washington to roll back planned fuel-economy targets for 2025, they've employed some familiar tactics to drive the point home to lawmakers. It cannot be done. It will cost too much. It will destroy the industry and kill jobs. Consumers do not want this. The science is...

  • 2018 BMW i3 and i3s
    BMW i3 electric car sales stopped, future recall announced for specific safety concern (updated)

    An obscure safety issue has led to a halt in sales of the BMW i3 electric car until further notice. The German maker announced a recall for every single i3 sold in the United States, covering 30,542 cars from the 2014 to 2018 model year. The safety issue that led to the recall and stop-sale follows...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S climbs back to top of Consumer Reports safety ratings

    The Tesla Model S has retaken its spot as the luxury sedan that gets the highest ratings from Consumer Reports after the electric car gained back automatic emergency braking that works at all legal road speeds. Some may remember Tesla restored the automatic braking during an update to vehicles...

  • 2013 Jaguar XK 2-door Convertible XKR Air Vents

    As corporate average fuel economy requirements that started in 2012 continue to tighten, automakers have turned to an entire arsenal of tactics to reduce the fuel their vehicles burn. Downsized and turbocharged engines, transmissions with many more gears, lighter-weight structures, better aerodynamics and more all add incrementally to efficiency. One of the less-discussed methods is the "Eco" button offered in increasing numbers of new cars, which reduces the car's available power and minimizes accessory use. DON'T MISS: How to drive Ford C-Max Hybrid for best gas mileage? Owner video...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV crash
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV rated a Top Safety Pick by IIHS

    The Chevrolet Bolt EV has just been awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This makes it the first electric car from the 2017 model year to receive an IIHS award. In order to qualify as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest score of...

  • Tesla Autopilot
    Tesla driver killed in Autopilot crash ignored repeated warnings, NTSB says

    The National Transportation Safety Board has published its first findings after investigating a fatal highway crash in 2016 involving a Tesla Model S and a tractor trailer. The crash occurred on last summer after 40-year-old Joshua Brown was driving with Tesla's Autopilot engaged. The system failed...

  • 2017 Tesla Model X
    Tesla Model X gets uniform 5-star safety ratings from NHTSA, first SUV to do so

    Tesla's Model X has secured a major accomplishment: it is officially the first SUV to receive 5-star crash-test ratings in every single category. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Model X uniform 5-star ratings, which Tesla says is due to the design of the all-electric...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    Consumer Reports restores some points to Tesla electric cars for automatic braking

    Tesla had long been a darling of Consumer Reports magazine since the time the Model S electric car was first revealed, and it consistently scored well in the magazine's tests. However, when Tesla pulled its automatic emergency braking feature when it switched to all-new vehicle sensors and...

  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
    Lighter, more fuel-efficient cars are safer, study says, ignoring safety rules

    It was one of several common tropes used 10 years ago against proposed regulations to boost average fuel economy. "More efficient cars will have to be lighter-weight, and they'll be unsafe because in accidents, they'll crumple up like Kleenex." Logical conclusion: if you require higher fuel economy...