Lutz Calls For Three-Year NHTSA Crash Testing Moratorium

In a conversation with WardsAuto.com, 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…

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