The Volvo 740: Buy Now, Avoid The Certainty Of Agonizing Death Later!

Things used to be so much simpler for Volvo marketers: you talked about how sensible the Göteborg machines were, how reliable… and, above all, how safe » 8/28/08 11:00am 8/28/08 11:00am. Maybe shake up car buyers by implying that they'd better get their life insurance in order before driving one of those cars- you know, the kind that don't get…

Fiat 500 Sacrificed By Audi Q7 To Encourage Crash Compatibility…

This week ADAC, the German auto club, tried to convince automakers to consider small car crash compatibility when designing larger cars by obliterating a Fiat 500 with an Audi Q7. The point ADAC was trying to make is not that the Fiat 500 is unsafe — it actually scores five stars in Euro NCAP testing where the Audi Q7… » 7/30/08 1:20pm 7/30/08 1:20pm

Federal Crash Test Ratings To Be Updated: We All Drive Death Traps Again

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NAMBLA) is updating their star ranking system for vehicle safety for the first time since it was introduced in 1994. After 14 years of manufacturers designing for the ratings, along with advancements in active and passive safety systems, the scores had become… » 7/09/08 9:20am 7/09/08 9:20am

Brilliance BS4 Barrel Rolls Down Hill, Driver Not Obliterated

After the soda can performance of a Brilliance BS6 in a German test, the crash survival of drivers in a Brilliance car was assumed to be heavily based on divine intervention. The driver of this BS4 seems to have tested those limits after crashing through a guard rail at 60 MPH and rolling over twice going downa hill.… » 5/06/08 5:05pm 5/06/08 5:05pm

2008 Smart Fortwo IIHS Crash Film Leaks To Web

Thanks to the NYT, we already knew the folks at NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) noted a "safety concern" after the driver's door on the new US-Spec 2008 Smart Fortwo popped open during a side-impact crash test. Although the little Smart got a five star rating for protecting the head and chest of… » 5/01/08 9:40am 5/01/08 9:40am

Ford Shows Off Demolished Taurus As Safety Movie Theater?

What to do with all of those cars smashed in federal and IIHS crash testing? In theory, you could take them back for further study to help improve safety for future vehicles. Of course, that would mean wasting an advertising opportunity. And while we prefer the RoboCop Taurus, we'll admit that showing a wrecked… » 3/24/08 1:00pm 3/24/08 1:00pm

Ach du Lieber Harry! T3 Transporter Crash Test

How good were T3-generation VW Transporters at preserving life and limb at high speed into a flat wall? Let's just say the last thing to go through the mind of whatever dummy was behind the wheel of this doppeltkabin was about a quarter-ton of gravel. But c'mon, it's wall-on-wall action; what'd you think would happen?… » 10/18/07 1:10pm 10/18/07 1:10pm

Misses (sic) Santa Claus Rolls Her Volvo Police Car!

This video, which appears to be a promotion of some sort done by a German crash-testing company, has some sort of vague story background, but who cares? We got a cop Volvo with a Santa-hat-wearin' crash dummy behind the wheel, getting launched onto a rollover ramp and filmed in loving slo-mo! This one doesn't… » 6/14/07 11:00am 6/14/07 11:00am

Toyota Continues The Tundra Two-Step On Truck's Four-Star Rating

We've got an update on the four-star rating ToMoCo received on the Regular Cab Tundra in NHTSA testing, and it looks like the boys and girls over at PickupTruck.com have the scoop: » 3/20/07 3:46pm 3/20/07 3:46pm

Good to hear ToMoCo wants to make things right to get that five-star rating, but somehow I don't think that's going to stop the General,…

Tundra Breaks Nose, Only Gets Four Stars In Front-End Crash Test

The Tundra's just not having a very good day today. First we heard ToMoCo's offering $2000 to dealerships to give up their current parts-haulers, and now this news. According to the folks obsessed with personal mass-market passenger vehicles that haul, carry and tow, NHTSA just awarded ratings for driver and passenger… » 3/19/07 12:00pm 3/19/07 12:00pm

Safest Cars: Insurance Institute's Stability Control Requirement Hurts…


This year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (HIMOM) won't even think about naming a car to its top safety list if it doesn't have stability control. Going nannyless is a dealbreaker, says the agency, which is lobbying for a Federal mandate for automakers to put stability control on all cars by 2012. That 's… » 11/21/06 1:08pm 11/21/06 1:08pm