The redesigned Subaru Forester is the only small SUV out of 13 tested to earn a top score of Good in the new small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Both the Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which received an Acceptable score, earn the Institute's Top Safety Pick+ award.
Twenty-five years after the worst DUI crash and second deadliest school bus crash in American history occurred, there have been many lessons learned and changes made, but still safety issues remain.
When shopping for a car, you've no doubt compared crash-test ratings. Whether from the government or insurance industry, crash-test scores provide valuable insight into the occupant protection a car provides. But these ratings don't tell the whole story.
Quality, safety, and value are the top factors for new-car buyers and are certainly not lost on moms looking to buy the right family car. Hitting all these attributes in a vehicle that is also kid friendly can be a challenge, but our experts have found 25 of the best, least-expensive mom-friendly cars that are appealing to moms with children of varying ages.
Distracted driving is a serious epidemic on the road with over 3,000 people killed each year and nearly 400,000 injured. A recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey found widespread use of cell phones behind the wheel. Despite most people saying it's dangerous, they continue dialing and driving.
Even though winter is over, our cold-weather testing continues. We've just completed two tests with our latest tire group: stopping on ice and resistance to hydroplaning on standing water. And as the testing rolls on, we wanted to share some interesting new findings.
Many new cars boast technology to help drivers avoid a crash, and now a new study finds that one system is a standout in preventing fender benders and injuries on the road.
Parents need to catch up to the safety advances in car seats and learn how to install them correctly, according to a study released this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Although all vehicles and car seats made since 2002 come with an anchor and simple strap meant to keep a car seat from tipping forward, the safety feature gets used just a little more than half the time. Consumer Reports' dynamic testing of car seats clearly shows that using the strap for forward-facing child restraints significantly reduces the potential for injury.
There is ongoing debate among researchers as to the degree of danger associated with texting, handheld phone or hands-free phone use while driving. Now a new study sheds light on which types of distraction has the greatest risk of a crash, and the results may surprise you.
In an effort to help balance technology and safety with the latest in-vehicle electronics, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have unveiled voluntary guidelines for automakers to help address the potential hazards of complicated car controls.
A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reflects a 9-percent increase in motorcycle deaths in 2012 to about 5,000 fatalities for the year. That marks the 14th year out of 15 that deaths have risen.
Any parent will tell you that one of the scariest times of their life is when they first hand the car keys over to their teen, but some automakers are offering a way for parents to monitor and place limits on their teen's driving behaviors.
Each year thousands of pedestrians die in traffic-related crashes while walking along highways and intersections. Now a study sheds light on who is the most vulnerable group of people affected by these crashes, while we provide tips on how to stay safe while walking.
Ignition interlocks have proven effective in preventing intoxicated drivers from starting their car, and now a new system is aiming to do the same for cell-phone users who talk or text behind the wheel.
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