Car Safety

  • Tesla Model S catches fire in China

    After video surfaced of a Tesla Model S smoking before catching fire, the electric-car maker has dispatched investigators to China where the incident occurred. Business Insider reported on the incident after a video of the electric car exploding surfaced on Chinese social media websites on Sunday. The footage made its way to YouTube and Twitter. A security camera captured the car on video parked in a parking garage. Its video shows the Model S begin to produce white smoke before an explosion and fire erupts seconds later. The Model S was not charging at the time of the incident, but the owner...

  • New Ford key fobs with anti-hack protection
    Ford introduces smart key fobs to thwart hackers

    Ford has a solution to keep hackers from stealing crucial information encoded in a key fob. The automaker announced last week that its smart key fobs will include a sleep mode to prevent hackers from decrypting key signals. A hacker is capable of using what's called a "relay box" to extend a signal...

  • Volvo connected car safety
    Volvos will talk to each other, warn about road conditions

    Volvo's new cars and SUVs will strike up a conversation with one another come 2020. The automaker announced Monday that every new car sold in Europe will be fitted with its latest connected-safety technology that can warn other Volvo drivers about road conditions or vehicle crashes. Volvo calls the...

  • Self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid for Domino's pizza delivery
    Ford, Toyota, GM and SAE collaborate on standards for self-driving cars

    Although numerous automakers and technology companies continue to test and push toward the goal of deploying self-driving cars, safety standards and regulations are nearly inexistent. With a new partnership between Ford, Toyota, General Motors and SAE International, the Automated Vehicle Safety...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo CEO says safety comes first, even if it sounds like Big Brother

    Volvo's always had a watchful eye toward safety but now the automaker's wondering if being a Big Brother to drivers isn't a bad thing. CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Motor Authority on Wednesday that his company may not only be responsible to monitor the safety of its cars, but also to monitor the...

  • Volvo in-car camera system
    Volvo knows best: In-car cameras can slow or stop suspected drunk or distracted drivers

    Volvo will install in-car cameras aimed at drivers to recognize impaired or distracted driving—and potentially stop it—CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced in Sweden on Wednesday. The in-car cameras will be installed on new models built on the automaker's newest platform, called SPA 2. Those...

  • 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase

    Sometimes, the finest of automobiles can't escape a pesky recall. In this case, it's the Bentley Mulsanne, which has been recalled over rear seat safety belt buckles that may detach. Apparently, the rear seat buckles may totally detach from the seat in the event of a crash, which is a mighty ironic flaw in itself. The issue means the vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards. As fine of a vehicle the Mulsanne is, it still needs to comply with federal regulations just like any $20,000 car on the road. Bentley isn't in the business of mass producing hundreds of...

  • 2019 Volvo S90
    Volvo to limit top speed on vehicles to 112 mph

    Beginning with 2021 model-year vehicles, Volvo will impose an electronic speed limiter of 112 mph on all its vehicles. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Volvo announced the decision on Monday, and Motor Authority reached out to Volvo spin-off Polestar to learn if the decision will also apply to the...

  • 2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
    Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles

    Tablet-like touchscreens have become the ubiquitous interfaces of choice, and they’re seemingly everywhere in daily life, on everything from thermostats to coffee makers and refrigerators. But Mazda really doesn’t think they belong in cars—or at least anywhere near the...

  • Dr. Robert Hubbard (right), HANS co-creator dead at 75
    Co-creator of the HANS device, Dr. Robert Hubbard, dead at 75

    One of the main developers and co-creator of the Head And Neck Safety (HANS) device, Dr. Robert Hubbard, passed away Tuesday after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 75 years old. Hubbard's work to create the HANS revolutionized motorsports safety, and today, a HANS is the global...

  • Self-driving Mercedes-Benz S-Class prototype
    Mercedes-Benz says an uncrashable car is possible

    Mercedes-Benz believes it can build a car capable of avoiding crashes, and it plans to show its vision with a new concept vehicle this year. Australian website Motoring reported Sunday Mercedes-Benz global research and development head, Ola Kalennius, thinks an uncrashable car will come sooner than...

  • Hyundai multi-collision airbag system
    New Hyundai airbag system will protect you in secondary collisions when others won't

    Air bags save lives and protect automobile occupants from injury, but they don't always go off. Hyundai wants to protect drivers in the event of a secondary collision when other airbags might not work. The Korean brand introduced the first multi-collision airbag system on Saturday. Unlike standard...

  • Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, Tennessee

    Future de-icing vehicles could use data and lidar to help ensure better city coverage and safer roads. The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, will put the technology to the test this winter with one specially equipped de-icing truck. Digital Trends reported on the technology last week, which was developed through a partnership with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. Basically, the truck features a lidar system, often reserved for self-driving cars to "see" the world around them, which understands the data fed to the truck. All of the...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron has cameras instead of mirrors*, but do they really work?

    The 2019 Audi e-tron will skip out on one piece of technology when it arrives in the United States, hence our asterisk in the title. U.S.-spec e-trons will not receive the futuristic camera-as-mirror technology. Thank outdated regulations for that. Instead, we'll receive standard side mirrors...

  • Volkswagen logo
    Another scandal at VW: Automaker sold pre-production vehicles as used cars

    Volkswagen's 2015 diesel emissions scandal isn't entirely in its rearview mirror yet, and now another scandal threatens the automaker. VW confirmed this week that it sold thousands of pre-production Volkswagen vehicles as used cars, which did not meet regulations in the United States and Europe...

  • ZF exterior curtain airbag
    External airbags might be on your next new car

    German supplier ZF has developed external crash safety airbags for cars that could make their way to production in as little as two years. The company showed off an external airbag system at the recent Airbag 2018 Symposium in Germany. The system is quite similar to current technology used for...

  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
    Lamborghini recalls Gallardo for faulty dashboard warning lights

    A small number of Lamborghini Gallardo models will need to return to dealerships after the Italian firm issued a recall for the supercar. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, Lamborghini said 1,152 Gallardo models suffer from faulty dashboard warning lights...

  • 2015 Maserati Ghibli
    Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli recalled for damaged fuel lines

    Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli owners should keep an eye on their mailboxes for a recall notice. The Italian brand has recalled 6,301 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans over potentially damaged fuel lines. The brand said in documents filed with NHTSA in November that the damaged fuel lines could...

  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving Cooperation Car

    It will require years of research and technology implementation before self-driving cars are a common sight. Until then, some automakers aren't only working on the tech itself, but also developing ways for self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler showed off its initial concept for how a self-driving car will communicate with pedestrians and other bystanders while it operates, and it comes down to one thing: eye contact. The German auto giant explained in a Monday announcement that ongoing research showed humans feel most comfortable with self-driving...

  • A visual showing how your head and neck move during a crash without a HANS device
    This is why you should wear a HANS device

    It stands for Head and Neck Support, and the HANS device is a vital piece of safety gear every race car driver should be using. The Motorsport Safety Foundation has put together a video showing exactly why you need to be wearing a HANS device when you're out on the racetrack. A fire suit-wearing...

  • This is what happens if you run a red light
    Here's what could happen if you run a red light

    From texting to drunk driving, some folks don't understand that driving is a privilege and not a right. Keep your eyes on the road and stay safe, because if you don't you might run a red light. This is what that could look like. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put together a...

  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
    2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk recalled due to floor mats

    Faulty floor mats have prompted Jeep to recall a number of 2018 Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk models. In total, the recall affects 4,822 units. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed documents for the recall with NHTSA in late October. According to the agency, the driver's floor mat may not provide...

  • Lexus Safety System+ and Toyota Safety Sense
    All that fancy safety tech in your car could hike your repair bills

    Cars are safer than ever. There are whole hosts of systems onboard with the goal of keeping drivers and passengers safe. This tech is great at keeping you out of harms way, but it might come back and bite you should any of it need repairing. According to AAA, all of the safety tech in our newest...

  • Audi Matrix LED headlight technology
    US to finally allow modern, self-dimming adaptive headlights

    While automakers have implemented advanced headlight technology in other markets for years, outdated regulations in the United States have kept advances from the market. That will soon change as the U.S. will soon allow self-dimming adaptive headlight technology. The National Highway Traffic and...

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