Car Safety

Last updated: June 2015

Safety remains a top concern for new-car shoppers, and fortunately, today’s modern cars offer more occupant protection and accident avoidance technologies than the typical model being traded in. But not all cars are equal; there are clearly those models that perform better in our dynamic tests, as well as crash tests conducted by the government and insurance industry. Test results on our car model pages reveal the differences, though there is more to safety.

New technologies offer potential benefits, such as blind-spot detection and forward-collision warning systems. But ultimately, the driver is a critical factor, especially among teens and older drivers. (See our guide to models offering advanced safety features.)  

Our overall coverage can help you to make an informed purchase decision, learn about the technology offerings, and potentially improve your driving behavior.

See our list of the latest car recalls to find out if your vehicle has a safety-related defect or problem.

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