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NHTSA: Backup Cameras Must Be Standard by 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared Monday that there must be "rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018." NHTSA's ruling includes requirements for the camera's field of view as well as durability, responsiveness and size of the displayed image. According to NHTSA, "This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents." The agency reports that ... continue reading»

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My Car was Recalled -- Now What Do I Do?

traffic Vehicle recalls are at their highest in almost a decade, with nearly 22 million vehicles flagged for safety issues last year alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM’s massive recall and Toyota’s recent recall investigation settlement are raising a lot of questions about how and when automakers should inform consumers about safety issues. While these investigations are important, you may have more pressing questions on your mind, like what to you do if your car ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Spark only Minicar to Perform Well in Newer IIHS Crash Test

Chevrolet Spark IIHS small overlap test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put some of the smallest cars on the market through its crash tests, and overall, they did not do well. Out of 11 minicars from the 2013 and 2014 model years tested, only the Chevrolet Spark earned a Top Safety Pick award. The Spark received the highest rating of Good in the IIHS’ side, roof strength, head restraint and moderate overlap front tests, as well as the second highest rating of Acceptable in ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Spark, Toyota Prius c, Model News, Mitsubishi Mirage, top safety pick , IIHS crash tests, Mazda Mazda2

Honda Receives Most Awards in New IIHS Safety Ratings

2014 Acura MDX IIHS test Honda and its luxury brand, Acura, took home the most 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus awards of any automaker from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Of the 22 vehicles that earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award for 2014, Honda and Acura account for six of them, including the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, Honda Odyssey, Honda Civic sedan, Acura RLX and Acura MDX. The IIHS changed its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus award criteria ... continue reading»

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2014 Corolla Latest Toyota to Earn Low Rating in Difficult New Crash Test

2014 Toyota Corolla The 2014 Toyota Corolla has earned a “Marginal” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small overlap front crash test, bringing to four the number of models that have fared poorly on the difficult new test. The 2013 RAV4, 2013 Prius v and 2013 Camry earned “Poor” ratings. According to the IIHS, the test “is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, IIHS, Toyota, Model News, Small Overlap Front Crash Test, 2014 Toyota Corolla

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