Nearly 40 years after Jayne Mansfield got her top taken off crashing into the back of a tractor trailer, the feds have required semis to have underride guards at the rear. What’s not required are underride guards on the sides. This video might convince you that this should change.
I used to be all for buying teenagers total crap-heaps as their first cars. It builds character, after all. But then I watched this video of a 1998 Toyota Corolla crashing into a 2015 model, and now I think I’ve changed my mind.
It’s easy to understand the appeal of crash tests. They look incredible in that I-can’t-look-away trainwreck sort of way, and it’s easy to rank them when you’re off looking for a new car to buy. But the crash testers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety outlined a simpler way of cutting fatal crashes in half:…
There are some people that are scared of driving a small car, especially on our highways filled with trucks and SUVs. While physics might not be on your side, modern safety features mean that your ability to survive a wreck in a small car is exponentially better than in the past.
The sixth-gen Ford Mustang was the first truly “global” pony Ford ever released, making its way to 140 markets and even stealing the sports coupe sales crown in Germany. But while selling globally means more sales, it also means passing crash tests around the world, and, based on these new European NCAP crash results,…
After decades as a mainstay in Mexico’s taxi fleets, Nissan announced the Tsuru—a new 1992 Sentra, basically—will cease production after a dismal zero-star crash test. Just how bad was the Tsuru, especially compared to a modern car? This bad.
When I was in Mexico I would only flag down Nissan Tsuru taxi cabs. I couldn’t speak the language, but I felt a bond with the driver that chose such a pure and simple car. Nissan will soon cease production of the Tsuru, aka the Sentra from the early 1990s, due to growing criticism about its safety.
You obviously need to strap down the luggage you put on the roof of your car, but as this crash test footage from Switzerland’s Dynamic Test Center shows, you might also want to strap down the bags in the back of your station wagon. In an impact, pieces of luggage becomes flying missiles targeted at the vehicle’s…
We’ve all had the occasional shopping cart fender bender while coming around a blind corner at the end of an aisle. But here’s what would happen if you were trying to speed through a grocery store at 72 miles per hour, got distracted by a free sample, and then slammed your cart head-on into a concrete wall.
How does one test the strength of a nuclear waste shipping container, exactly? It’s simple: crash a rocket truck into a wall at 84 miles per hour. That or drive a train into it.
Exponent is an engineering and consulting services corporation that, among other things, does its own crash testing. Some of those tests are rather mundane, and some of them involve making a pickup truck flip four times in a row. I can’t stop watching any of them.
I don’t know who put this together, but it’s genius.
Your rad Dodge Challenger Hellcat may lord it over the other modern American muscle cars in horsepower, but not when it comes to the small overlap test.
The more you think about autonomous cars, the more questions you raise, causing you to think even more. It’s like being trapped in the most useless perpetual motion machine. Occasionally, though, interesting questions arise, like this one: what will crash testing an autonomous car entail?
European microcars: they’re like cars! Sort of! Well, technically they’re “quadricycles,” and not cars at all. And because they’re extra small and extra cheap, they don’t have to adhere to normal car safety standards. That doesn’t mean regulators can’t have a hell of a time completely destroying them, however.
When it comes to the sixties, people usually refer to Volvo and Mercedes-Benz as the pioneers of car safety. But BMW wasn’t far behind.
Since 1978, the car-buying public has been able to judge the safety of their next car, in part, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star Safety Ratings. Today safety regulators announced they’re proposing big changes that will bring the safety ratings system into the 21st century, and…
You can now add seat belts to the list of counterfeit items you should look out for when you’re shopping for your car. And holy crap should you look out for this stuff because it’s terrifying.
Bad news for walls, telephone poles, and other solid objects — the new Volvo XC90 looks like it can crush you into oblivion.