Car Safety Blog

Are Autonomous Vehicles Safe?

How do we know that autonomous vehicles (AV) are safe for nationwide deployment? This simple but fundamental question plagues industry, government officials and the public, at large. The recent events reveal the fundamental problem limiting nationwide deployment of AVs. On October 2, 2023 a Cruise AV hit a pedestrian in San Francisco. Follow-up investigations exposed […]

Mercedes-Benz’s Powerful Self-Driving System and the Challenges Ahead

The self-driving future is approaching rapidly as Mercedes-Benz obtains approval to sell vehicles with a powerful self-driving system in Nevada and California. These cars take on most of the driving responsibility and accept the blame for any errors, creating waves in competitor boardrooms and courtrooms. However, questions linger for drivers like us. The Society of […]

Pedestrian Safety in the US: A Slow Road to Progress

Rising Pedestrian Fatalities The number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States is on the rise. Over the past decade, pedestrian fatalities from car crashes have increased by more than 46%, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 of all motor vehicle tragedies. Finally, the government is taking action to protect pedestrians by proposing a stick […]

Increasing Reliance on Recalls: Addressing Car Safety Challenges

The Tragic Consequence of Car Safety Issues: Anton Yelchin’s Story The untimely death of 27-year-old Anton Yelchin, famous for his role in “Star Trek,” serves as a poignant reminder of the car safety issues our nation faces. Yelchin lost his life when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward on his steep driveway, tragically pinning […]

Safest SUVs for Women Under 50

What is the safest SUV for women under 50? These vehicles typically built on the chassis of a pickup truck offer young women a lot of protection in a crash. In our blog, Why Women Need More Protection in Cars, we talk about the differences in biology and protection between women and men in cars. […]

Safest Sedans for Women

What is the safest sedan for women? Is there really a difference in vehicle safety for women and men? Yes, because biologically, women and men are different. We discuss these differences in our blog Why Women Need More Protection in Cars. In a nutshell, car safety has been designed with the young male body in […]

2023 Auto Grades Updated

We are excited to announce Auto Grades for the model year 2022! Rating nearly 5,200 vehicles, more than any other car safety rating system.

Safest SUVs for Women Over 50

What is the safest SUV for women over 50? This is a good question because not all SUVs protect women and men, equally, especially as we age. Whereas men are more likely to be in a crash, women are more likely to be severely injured when a crash occurs. This is due to the fact […]

Don’t Drive Your Daughter’s Car

There are a lot of factors that contribute to being protected in a car crash. The gender and age of the driver are two very important ones. That’s what makes Auto Grades a powerful tool. It is the only car safety rating system that provides rankings by gender and age. As Baby Boomers reach retirement […]

A Mother’s Advice On Electric Vehicles

“Hey Mom, can I take the Ferrari out for a spin?” Few parents are going to fall for this one. We know our kids don’t have the experience or maturity to control the high horsepower of a sports car. Parents are unlikely to grant their teenagers’ request to take the Ferrari out for a spin […]

The Impact of Distracted Driving on our Roadways

Distracted driving is a serious issue on the roads today, and it is a leading cause of motor vehicle crashes. When a driver’s attention is diverted from the task of driving, even for a few seconds, it can have catastrophic consequences. Distracted driving can take many forms, including texting or using a phone, eating or […]

Women Finally Get a Seat in Car Safety Tests

A breakthrough in car safety was recently put to the test. A European-sponsored team, led by Swedish investigator Dr. Astrid Linder, announced the creation of a female crash test dummy. The device is biofidelic, which means it looks, moves and twists in ways that resemble the female body. After more than a half-century of car […]

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