This is what happens when an airbag deploys a hundredth of a second late

Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes. »3/10/15 8:34am3/10/15 8:34am

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 11:00am8/28/08 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 Standards

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 1:20pm7/30/08 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 9:20am7/09/08 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 5:05pm5/06/08 5:05pm

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 1:00pm3/24/08 1:00pm

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 have the scoop: »3/20/07 3:46pm3/20/07 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,…