Chinese strengthening crash test standards

Too many cars are acing China's notoriously easy crash test, so the agency responsible for them is making the tests harder. Now to get five stars you can only seriously maim half your passengers. » 2/15/11 4:40pm 2/15/11 4:40pm

How The U.S. Government Killed The Safest Car Ever Built

Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story. » 5/27/10 4:15pm 5/27/10 4:15pm

Smashing Safety: 12 New Cars Crashed In Eurocarnage Video Gallery

The latest round of European NCAP crash testing's complete, which means our video-bin horn o' plenty overfloweth with clips of a dozen Euro cars getting the stuffing smashed outta them. Thank you NCAP, you've made this the best Smashgiving ever! » 11/25/09 1:15pm 11/25/09 1:15pm

Buy NHTSA Crash Test Cars For Cheap!

If you enjoyed Crash Week so much you feel the need to own a post-crash-tested vehicle, you're in luck. The government's auctioning off lightly-crashed, low-mileage NHTSA test vehicles at bargain prices. The lot of 'em below. » 10/06/09 5:15pm 10/06/09 5:15pm

BREAKING CARS! Minicars Perform Poorly In IIHS Crash Tests

This just in from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Minicars like the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Smart ForTwo perform poorly in 40 MPH frontal oncoming crash tests. Also, water is wet. [Automotive News] » 4/14/09 8:30am 4/14/09 8:30am

Chinese-Built Brilliance BS4 Scores Zero Stars In Euro Crash Test

The Brilliance BS4 might look like an MG copy-paste-job, but there's a key distinction. The BS4, like the BS6 before it, has scored zero stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. Yup, here come the Chinese! » 3/26/09 5:20pm 3/26/09 5:20pm

Lutz Calls For Three-Year NHTSA Crash Testing Moratorium

In a conversation with, GM vice-chairman and product czar Bob Lutz » 9/03/08 3:15pm 9/03/08 3:15pm stated his desire for at least a three-year suspension of US frontal and side-impact crash testing standards. Said Lutz, “In Europe, the crash-test procedures are different than in the U.S., so the tests are different. If our government…

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

Ford Builds Better Dummies Now, Will Focus On Building Better Cars And…

The one big piece of news out of FoMoCo this week (other than the HOG Edition F-150 of course!) appears to be the leading role they're playing in development of an abdominal insert for pediatric crash dummies. Yup, the once proud automaker's now fallen to this — issuing press releases on how good they are at making… » 5/24/07 12:00pm 5/24/07 12:00pm