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Hyundai Motor America has expressed its voluntary commitment to ensure that all new cars it releases by 2022 will come with the Automatic Emergency Braking as standard. This commitment coincides with the 2022 reporting year of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The company has long supported having standardized safety technologies in cars. Working with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the NHTSA, and the auto industry in general, the company hopes to have AEB as standard equipment on all future cars.
Hyundai Motor America Vice-President for Corporate and Product Planning Mike O’Brien talked about how important it is for customers to be given effective safety technologies.Read the entire article Hyundai pledges for Automatic Emergency Braking to be standard equipment on all vehicles by 2022
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and given it a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, following a series of tests conducted by the institute.
In an announcement, Volkswagen of America, Inc., said the 2016 Passat in particular aced the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test, receiving the highest possible rating of “good.” It also received “good” ratings in other crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.
The Passat used in the tests was equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system. This system employs a radar sensor to monitor the distance between the Passat and the vehicle ahead.Read the entire article 2016 Volkswagen Passat earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS
Safety is a top priority for Renault's new Mégane small family car. That is why it was given a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. After all, it is underpinned by Renault's Common Module Family (CMF) platform that also underpins the Kadjar crossover.
This CMF platform employs high elastic limit steel for the spars and side rails as well as cross members located between the engine compartment and the cabin. To illustrate the strength of this limit steel, just a square millimeter could bear a load of 120 kg.
Moreover, this platform allows the integration of operative occupant restraint systems like dual-generator front airbags. These airbags – which deploy according to the type of impact as well as according to the position of the vehicle occupant – have allowed the new Mégane to receive high scores in terms of both adult and child protection.Read the entire article 2016 Renault Megane receives 5-star rating from Euro NCAP for its safety features
Everyone’s safety is at the heart of the lighting technologies that Ford is presently developing. Night driving, especially in unlighted streets, can be less worrisome if drivers can easily detect potential hazards such as animals, cyclists, and pedestrians. Threats that are not in the direction of travel will be illuminated with Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System. It makes the beam wider at junctions and roundabouts.
Then there’s the New Spot Lighting technology, which aids in drawing the driver’s focus on pedestrians, cyclists and animals that are in the path or slightly off the road. Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, said that many of those who drive at night have had to immediately react to a person or an animal that makes a sudden appearance on the road.
He believes that with the Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System and Spot Lighting from Ford, the driver is alerted just in time to react appropriately to these threats. Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System represents an improvement over Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System and Traffic Sign Recognition, which Ford is already offering.Read the entire article Ford’s new camera-based lights can turn and spotlight hazards
Safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre recognized the Volkswagen Golf and Passat models for having achieved a 45% decline in third party personal injury insurance claims because they were installed with auto-emergency braking systems. UK sales of the newest generation Golf started in January 2013.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is offered as standard equipment on the entire lineup, except for the entry-level S models. These include the radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system Front Assist, city emergency braking and cruise control. Since its launch, the newest Golf saw its third injury claims drop by 45% when compared to the equivalent ‘Small Family Car Control Group’.
According to Matthew Avery, Director of Safety at Thatcham Research, the results are based on the equivalent of over 7,000 Mk VII Golf models that have full 12-month insurance on the road. These are generated from claims data as reported by its insurance members. He shared that they were surprised when the figures surpassed their own performance tests.Read the entire article VW’s autonomous braking system praised for 45% drop in injury claims
Nissan revived the Datsun brand this year after it stopped selling it nearly three decades ago. Hoping to catch on the budget customers, Nissan launched the Datsun Go hatchback in India in March. While poor sales may not be enough to urge Nissan to stop selling the car, a call from a safety organization may prompt it to do so.
Following safety tests, the Global New Car Assessment Program determined a zero-star safety rating for adult occupant protection for the hatchback. According to NCAP, the Go’s structure collapsed when crashed, and was so unstable that even airbags would not be enough to make it safer.
Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said that it is “extremely disappointing” that Nissan launched brand-new model that is substandard. He called for an urgent redesign of the Go’s body-shell. He remarked that Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn should "demonstrate leadership" by putting a stop to the Go.Read the entire article Global NCAP wants Nissan to stop selling Datsun Go due to safety issues [w/video]
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted Aston Martin a temporary exemption to new safety rules that would have prevented the British carmaker from it selling hundreds of cars in the country. Aston Martin applied for a temporary exemption to side-impact federal safety standards in March 2014.
It said that the rules would cause it to suffer from "substantial economic hardship." NHTSA now has given Aston Martin more time to comply with the rules due to the niche nature of its business, saying that a compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a low volume carmaker “that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard.”
NHTSA’s move would soothe, albeit temporarily, the hardships being felt by Aston chief executive Andy Palmer is turning around the brand. Aston posted GBP25.4 million ($40.6 million) in pre-tax losses in 2013. The agency started implementing requirements for side airbags and other safety advances in 2010.Read the entire article NHTSA grants temporary exemption to Aston Martin for new US safety rules
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Sonata joined the 2015 Genesis in grabbing the highest honor from IIHS, which rates vehicles using several tests moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover tests.
The institute also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions as well as available front crash prevention systems aimed at preventing a crash or lessening its impact.
The 2015 Sonata is laden with a new level of safety and refinement, thanks to a number of active safety features like as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.Read the entire article 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick+
General Motors has been doing more than usual to uncover and address any underlying safety issues, prompted by the large-scale recall of millions of small cars due to defective ignition switch. In fact, GM also recalled vehicles that were previously called back years ago.
GM recently recalled some Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs over a power-steering issue, after calling them back years ago to replace power-steering components. While the recalling previously fixed units could hurt GM’s pride and annoy customers, it is an indication of the carmaker’s seriousness to fix any past or present issues.
Aside from accelerating reviews of pending safety issues, GM remarked that it is assessing past recalls and other "field actions" to determine whether it did what was necessary.Read the entire article GM digs deeper to ensure zero issue over safety of its vehicles
General Motors will introduce this year a new belt assurance system that won’t enable a vehicle to shift out of park until its seatbelts are buckled up. According to GM spokeswoman Jennifer Ecclestone, the new belt assurance system will be available as a free option in a number of 2015 models like the GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Cruze, Colorado and Silverado.
She remarked the GM would want customers who opted for the system to provide feedback to help improve the technology before it becomes standard. Ignition interlocks, which were discontinued in the 1970s but saw their revival last year, won’t allow a vehicle to start unless the seat belts are already fastened.
Carmakers have asked the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to allow the usage of ignition interlocks in their vehicles, but their request was shot down in 2013.Read the entire article GM to launch new Belt Assurance System for select 2015 models
Toyota Motor Corp.’s 5-percent drop in its fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014 was affected by $1.2 billion in payment to settle unintended acceleration. That payment, coupled with other one-time charges like costs for terminated manufacturing operations in Australia, hurt its earnings by $2.17 billion.
The carmaker actually posted a 6-percent surge in retail sales in the period to 2.58 million units and a 13-percent jump in global revenues to $63.9 billion in the three months. Toyota, however, posted a 5-percent drop in net income to JPY297 billion ($2.89 billion).
Toyota posted a 9-percent drop in fourth-quarter profits in North America to $498.1 million, despite logging a 6-percent surge in retail unit sales to 581,261 vehicles. The meltdown in earnings in its fourth fiscal quarter failed to stop Toyota from reporting a record operating and net profits.Read the entire article Safety issue settlement contributed to drop in Q4 2013 earnings at Toyota
Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled plans to introduce by 2015 advanced sensor-based safety systems aimed at preventing crashes. Some of these new technologies are a new pre-collision safety system, a more advanced adaptive cruise control technology and an enhanced lane-keeping feature. The carmaker targets to install existing active-safety systems in volume vehicles by 2015.
Toyota executives, however, admitted that the Japanese carmaker is playing catch-up when it comes to certain safety features subject to increasing scrutiny like the frame protecting occupants in a crash.
The redesigned Corolla received only a "marginal" rating in the small overlap test by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The test simulates a crash in which the driver-side front corner of the car hits a pole or tree. The Corolla's marginal rating disqualifies the car from getting overall honors in 2014 on IIHS's safety pick list, which is widely respected by both consumers and marketers.Read the entire article Toyota aims to present advanced sensor-based safety systems by 2015
This week drivers and passengers alike are being reminded of the importance of wearing a seatbelt as part of a week-long campaign into the subject. Somerset Road Safety and Avon and Somerset Police have conducted research into road safety, and have found that one in four drivers don’t belt up before they start their journey.
Over the past month 90 drivers and passengers in the county alone have been caught without a seatbelt; 15 of which were given fixed penalty tickets and 75 given orders to attend a road safety workshop. Not wearing a seat belt is one of the four top fatal driving offences, including using a mobile phone whilst driving, driving under the influence and speeding, and can result in serious injuries like whiplash.
Of all the people involved in car accidents across the UK is it thought up to 20% suffer whiplash as a result. It is a painful injury that is caused by vigorous movement of the head and neck, causing damage to the tendons and muscles.Read the entire article Pressure on seatbelt safety
Outstanding crash protection is a feature in vehicles that’s very appealing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of 2013 models that fit its criteria. The IIHS gave the Top Safety Pick+ recognition to 13 cars, which have all received good or acceptable ratings in its new small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS assessments. These vehicles are the Acura TL; Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Kia Optima; Nissan Altima 4-door; Subaru Legacy and its twin, the Subaru Outback; Suzuki Kizashi; Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60. There are two midsize luxury cars in this list: Acura TL and Volvo S60. However, the other models are midsize moderately priced cars.
Adrian Lund, IIHS president, said that it has tested 29 models so far in its small overlap frontal crash test and that it has determined that these 13 cars provide the highest level of all-around crash protection. The IIHS gives the rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on how they perform in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, as well as tests of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.
To qualify, Top Safety Pick+ winners have to get good ratings for occupant protection in no less than 4 of 5 evaluations. In the fifth test, it has to get no lower than acceptable. For the 2013 models, the Top Safety Pick award was given to 117 more vehicles. To get this award, vehicles should have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, without considering how they scored in their small overlap rating. Lund added that those that were named Top Safety Picks also provide excellent protection in numerous crashes. Lund said that these vehicles are much safer than most vehicles on the market offered only five years ago.Read the entire article These are the safest cars of 2013, according to IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted the newest frontal-crash test -- the small overlap test -- on a number of mid-sized cars. The IIHS’s small overlap test entails crashing the front corner of a car into a barrier at 40 mph. It was devised to simulate a collision with a stationary object like a tree or a utility pole.
Three out of 11 luxury cars earned "good" or "acceptable" ratings on the first round of tests this summer. For the latest small overlap test results, the IIHS gave a good rating to the four-door Honda Accord and the Suzuki Kizashi as well as an acceptable rating to 11 more mid-sized cars.
IIHS President Adrian Lund remarked that since new technology and new innovations go into the luxury cars first, these vehicles fared better in the tests. He added that the latest ratings were a bit of a surprise. However, three other models -- the Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Jetta sedan – received "marginal" ratings.Read the entire article Toyota Camry, Prius V slapped with poor safety rating by IIHS
Toyota Motor Corp. insists that it has not committed any wrongdoing even as it agrees to pay a record fine of $17.35 million for its failure to report a safety flaw to the U.S. government in a timely manner. This is the highest fine ever imposed for not announcing a recall in a timely manner, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Last June, Toyota issued a recall over a risk that the accelerator pedal could be forced down by a loose floormat. This recall affected 154,036 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h vehicles.
This recall issued this year comes after a series of safety recalls from Toyota since 2009. There was a recall throughout the world of almost 19 vehicles from late 2009 to early 2011 for certain unintended acceleration claims affecting several models.Read the entire article Toyota to pay a record fine of $17.35 million for failure to report a safety flaw
Ford’s overall sales are doing well and have not been affected by the recent safety recalls announced, according to Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields. Last Tuesday, Fields told reporters that its consumers consider Ford’s products to be of good quality. He said that the company has installed measures to ensure that its customers are assured of its commitment to quality.
Ford announced the fourth recall that affects its 2013 Escape crossover since last July. This was due to an engine fire risk due to a software glitch in the cooling system of the Escape and the midsize Fusion sedan. The recall for the Escape and Fusion was issued on December 10.
On this same day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that it will open a probe on claims filed by Consumer Reports magazine that Ford's hybrid models of the Fusion and C-Max crossover are short of the official fuel economy rating of 47 miles per gallon.Read the entire article Ford sales doing well despite the recent safety recalls
2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan will use a specially designed single-stage airbag with an automatic vent, which is a unique safety feature. Chevrolet put this in instead of the two-stage driver airbags that most modern cars use. Chevrolet said that the airbag helps cushion occupants of various sizes without making use of the usual two-stage design that’s currently in use.
There are separate inflators used for low- and high-speed crashes in a normal two-stage driver’s airbag, providing a different level of protective cushioning depending on the car accident’s severity. Only one inflator for all crashes is used by Chevrolet’s system, which it co-developed with supplier Takata. However, an internal vent system instantly adjusts the airbag’s strength.
Chevrolet said that compared to the old two-stage airbag, the single-stage system is lighter and more compact. But then, it lessens the risk of inflation-induced injury by permitting the driver’s forward momentum to effectively push the air out and away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze a five-star safety rating.Read the entire article 2013 Chevrolet Cruze will get the flexible venting driver airbag
Staying safe while driving is not just a matter of obeying driving laws but also of ensuring your vehicle is as safe as possible. If you’re shopping for a new or used car this Christmas there are several safety features you should look out for. Seatbelts are one of the most vital life-saving features of any car. Check the pretension (the speed at which a seatbelt takes up slack when jolted) and make sure they are adjustable. If you have a large family or often carry passengers make sure there is a proper shoulder belt in every seat, even the centre at the back. Airbags protect you in the event of a crash by inflating and cushioning the impact of your head against the steering wheel or windscreen. If buying a used car make sure you find out if the airbags have ever been deployed, and if so demand new ones be fitted. Remember that airbags only work when used in tandem with seatbelts and that they can be dangerous for children under 12.
Never strap a baby seat into the front seat of a car unless the airbag is turned off. Antilock brakes help to prevent the car from skidding should you panic in an emergency situation and begin to brake too hard. It should be remembered, however, that this does not always prevent a crash and you should always try to come to a proper stop in an emergency situation. Head injury protection will not be visible to the driver. It is cushioning fitted into the ceiling of the car to lessen impact in a crash situation.
For extra safety you could look for head airbags that deploy in a situation where the vehicle is rolled over. Traction control and four-wheel drive both reduce the amount a vehicle can slip sideways or skid in an emergency situation. Electronic stability control senses when the vehicle is out of control and automatically applies a brake to try and prevent the vehicle from skidding too far. This advice was compiled by medicalsolicitors.co.uk who offer car accident advice and help with any subsequent medical attention should you be involved in an accident.Read the entire article Tips for personal driving safety
The latest Euro NCAP results indicate that the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid got the highest ever score for a plug-in hybrid. Volvo Car Group believes that the safety level of an electrified car has to be the same as other Volvo cars. In the most recent tests, the hybrid was subjected to a frontal offset collision at 64 km/h (40 mph), proving that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is as safe as the standard V60.
European rating institute Euro NCAP provides overall rating for every car model it tests. There are four sub-categories, with each having their separate tests. These are added to generate an overall grade. The precise details about the tests and the results can be viewed at euroncap.com.
There is a different approach that has to be taken for the safety of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid due to the integration of the battery pack and the batteries’ added weight. Volvo revised the structure and strengthened it further to allow a controlled deformation, contributing to the high safety level.Read the entire article Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the safest plug-in hybrid according to Euro NCAP
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