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PostHeaderIcon Watch the Carbon Fiber Polestar 1 Smash Into a Wall

Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application. After all, cars need to be strong in a crash, but lightweight to cover performance and efficiency. As such, we see the big makes utilizing carbon fiber across multiple segments. Now, Polestar (Volvo’s performance offshoot brand) is putting the value of carbon fiber on full display with this official crash test video of its latest Polestar 1 performance coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves “Lowest Probability of Injury” Ever Tested by NHTSA

Tesla’s compact Model 3 sedan is clearly one of the safest cars on the market today, receiving a perfect 5-star safety rating after being tested by the NHTSA. To add to that, Tesla has claimed that the Model 3 scored the lowest probability of injury score ever recorded by the NHTSA.

The Model 3 is fresh off receiving a 5-star rating from the NHTSA after completing the full NCAP tests earlier this year. The smallest Tesla was awarded five stars across the board, including each sub-category, and for standard safety equipment. Now, Tesla posted on their blog that the Model 3 is also the car with the lowest likelihood of injury in case of a crash out of all the cars ever tested by the NTHSA.

Learn more about how safe the Model 3 is and why NHTSA doesn’t quite agree with Tesla

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning

This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?

PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating

The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.

PostHeaderIcon The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fail Miserably in Recent IIHS Crash Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has flagged the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee after both SUVs scored an overall rating of “poor” in the agency’s recent crash test examination. According to results of the passenger-side small overlap front crash tests, both SUVs showed a high risk of injury to a front passenger with potentially fatal ramifications.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Introduces Easy Tire-Fill Alert System Because It’s Too Hard to Do it the Old-Fashioned Way

15 years ago, before the age of tire pressure monitoring systems, we checked out tire pressure once a week when filling up the gas tank. From there we would proceed to add air to any of our car’s tires and go about our lives until the next fill-up unless we notice a tire looking a little low. Well, nowadays we have tire pressure monitoring systems that tell us when a tire drops below a certain pressure level. Nissan wants to take that a bit further, though and has introduced the Easy Tire-Fill alert system.

This system essentially prevents the need for us to check tire pressure as we add air to our tires. It’s routinely simple, leave the ignition key on with the engine off and add air pressure. When pressure is right, the horn will honk. Overpressure the tire, and the hazard lights will kick on along with another quick honk of the horn. Nissan claims this system will help consumers save money as underinflated tires can rob you of gas mileage and shorten the life of your tires, but is a system like this even necessary?

No, it isn’t. It’s ridiculous, actually. It’s not hard to pull out your old pressure gauge and check your tire pressure. Most air pumps even have a built-in gauge to make life even easier. All this system does is prove how lazy we as consumers can be. Sure, it’s a cool novelty I guess, but it’s an outrageous technology that we really don’t need. Oh, it does cut down the time it takes to fill underinflated tires by half, but you know that’s about 30 seconds of your life once a month or so at best.

PostHeaderIcon EU Commission to Implement 11 Mandatory Car Safety Features, Including One That Prevents Speeding

In three years, all new cars sold in Europe must come standard with at least 11 different safety systems including an “intelligent speed assistance” system. That system will be paired with traffic-sign recognition and will automatically set a car’s maximum speed based on the current speed limit on any given road. That means that by 2021 it may be impossible to break the speed limit. And, while that may be the most invasive of the 11 systems, it’s only the tip of the iceberg and a preview of how moderated driving will be in the very near future.

PostHeaderIcon Is the 2018 Ford Escape a Death Trap? IIHS Testing Shows it Might Be if You’re the Passenger

The 2018 Ford Escape is, by most accounts, a good crossover. But its safety is being thrown into question after the model received the worst rating among seven small SUVs from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s passenger-side small overlap crash performance. Of all the SUV models that were tested, the Escape turned in the only ’poor’ rating among the group, a stunning grade considering that most of its rivals, including the Jeep Compass, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain, all received ’good’ ratings.

PostHeaderIcon Honda Puts Safety First – Will Offer Honda Sensing Safety as Standard Equipment from 2022

Honda’s Sensing safety system is fitted on one million vehicles in the U.S. today, but that number is going to pale in comparison to Honda’s plans for the system moving forward. According to the Japanese automaker, Honda Sensing will come standard on all 2022 model year vehicles, a huge increase from the current lot of models that are already carrying the safety system.

PostHeaderIcon All Pagani Huayra BC And Huayra Roadster in America Are Being Recalled

Recalls happen all the time in the auto industry. What’s rare is when the automaker that’s doing the recall is a niche Italian supercar brand that’s known more for building some of the most gorgeous cars on the planet. But alas, strange things happen in this strange business, which is why, of all auto brands in the world, Pagani is recalling all 2017 MY Huayra BC and Huayra Roadster supercars in the U.S. All 16 of them.

PostHeaderIcon Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is voluntarily recalling roughly 228,508 Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups due to an issue with the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock on trucks with a column-mounted shifter. The system keeps the shift level from leaving Park without the vehicle’s key in the ignition and the brake pedal depressed.

The problem occurs when the BTSI system overheats, potentially occurring when the brake pedal is held for an extended time while the transmission is in Park. Once overheated, the BTSI system fails to keep the shift lever in Park without the brake depressed and ignition on. This means the at even without the key inserted, the truck could be shifted into gear or neutral, causing an unintentional roll-away.

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“FCA’s voluntary recall covers 180,975 Ram trucks in the U.S., 42,045 trucks in Canada, 4,066 trucks in Mexico, and another 1,422 in locations around the globe”

FCA’s voluntary recall covers 180,975 Ram trucks in the U.S., 42,045 trucks in Canada, 4,066 trucks in Mexico, and another 1,422 in locations around the globe. Thankfully, no injuries or accidents have been reported due to the BTSI issue.

The majority of truck affected by the recall are 2017-2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, and certain 2017-2018 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. There are also a number of 2017-2018 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 10,000 lbs. To a lesser extent, a certain 2017-2018 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall campaign, but FCA says heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of affected vehicles.

As with any recall, the automaker will repair the issue at no cost to the owner.

Ram’s Previous BTSI Recall


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Ram’s February recall of BTSI systems in 2017-2018 trucks follows a similar recall in December for trucks from the 2010 – 2017 model year. They include the same group of Ram Heavy Duty trucks and a small number of Ram 1500 trucks, all equipped with the column-mounted gear shifter.

The recall included roughly 1.48 million trucks in the U.S., 249,520 trucks in Canada, 42,747 trucks in Mexico, and roughly 14,950 trucks outside the NAFTA region. Unfortunately, as of December 2017, FCA was aware of seven “potentially related” injuries and a “small number of potentially related accidents” with the BTSI in question.

All new vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2010 are required to have a BTSI.

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PostHeaderIcon GM Has a Patent for an External Pedestrian Air Bag

Over the month of December, GM was granted more than 80 patents and, according to the Detroit Free Press, one of them was a patent for an external airbag that’s designed to “provide protection to a pedestrian.” GM isn’t the first company to take this route in order to protect those outside the vehicle, with Volvo being the
first brand that comes to mind with a similar system that was introduced in Europe. Unfortunately, Volvo says it comes in second to crash prevention technology like that found as standard or optional equipment on most modern cars.

The patent, according to FREEP, describes the airbag being located in the fender area, ahead of the side doors but adjacent to the hood. One would assume the airbag would deploy milliseconds before impact and encase the whole front end or, at the very least, cover the windshield. Why the windshield? Well, according to Maeva Ribas, the manager of design analysis at The Carlab, it’s not the initial impact that’s fatal to pedestrians, but the secondary impact that occurs as pedestrians pass over the hood and hit the A-Pillars or the other areas around the windshield.

And, to be clear, GM isn’t exactly sure what it wants to do with the technology. Tom Wilkerson, the safety communications spokesman for GM, said, “The pedestrian protection airbag could become an important engineering solution in the future.” While another spokesperson, Patrick Morrissey, said: “It’s a promising technology, but we have no specific production plans at this time.”

As you can see, it’s certainly something that GM is looking into, but it’s not necessarily something you’ll find on your 2020 Chevy Impala. As of now, GM has some 40,000+ patents on file, and this one could very well fade into the abyss, being used only as a method of protecting design options down the road. With that in mind, I wouldn’t rule it out quite yet – In 2015 alone, more than 5,000 pedestrians were killed by cars in the U.S. And, in 2016, the figure raised to nearly 6,000 – the largest increase in pedestrian fatalities on record. So, it’s an ongoing problem and, while the U.S. isn’t as strict as it could be on pedestrian protection, other markets are, and the U.S. could very easily follow suit.

What do you think? Should automakers focus more on preventing the collision altogether or should the focus be on preventing injury in the event of an accident? Should both technologies be put to use? Let us know in the comments section below.


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PostHeaderIcon Watch Hyundai’s Panoramic Sunroof Airbag In Action: Video

Compared to even just 10 years ago, modern automobiles are ludicrously, unbelievably safe. With a slew of new safety technologies, both passive and active, higher crash standards, and advanced airbag systems covering just about possible impact angle, your odds of walking away from a crash are pretty good these days. Now, Hyundai is looking to take that even further with airbags for vehicles equipped with a panoramic sunroof, a system designed to keep passengers safe in a rollover by padding the large glass openings with protective cushions, keeping those in the cabin from exiting the vehicle and preventing potential injury. You can watch the system in action in the above-featured video.

Shot at 1,000 frames per second, the video shows what appears to be the cabin space of an SUV careening sideways before tipping over, much like in a rollover crash. The sunroof airbag is quickly deployed, thus making sure the crash dummies inside the cabin stay inside the cabin. In a press release, Hyundai states this is the world’s first panoramic sunroof airbag system, and introduces a new technology with 11 patents pending as the brand moves into the premium SUV market. The bags deploy in just 0.8 seconds, and according to Hyundai, the system “prevented the passenger from being flung out of the car and cushioned the impact on the head. Serious injury likely to result in the death of the passenger were reduced to minor injuries.” The tech is expected to head to mass production status soon.


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PostHeaderIcon California Ranked As Having Worst Drivers In U.S.

Insurance website QuoteWizard just released its annual ranked list or Best and Worst Drivers by State for 2017, and it’s not looking good for those behind the wheel in the Golden State. Meanwhile, drivers in Rhode Island now have something to be proud of.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data”

The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data. The data is then weighted for incident totals for each state with its occurrence percentage, with the rankings based on the sum of weighted means calculated from accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations, and fatalities.

So then, what’s the state with the worst drivers? That would be California, which was second in 2016 but climbed to the top spot for 2017. QuoteWizard also points out that California includes half of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers in the country, with the absolute worst of the worst residing in Sacramento (although Los Angeles is mentioned as well). California drivers accumulated more tickets and more DUIs this time around, even grabbing the spot for worst standard for DUIs in the country, according to the study.

Meanwhile, the best drivers are in Rhode Island, so congrats on that, New England.

Rankings by State

Ranking (Worst) State
1 California
2 Minnesota
3 Utah
4 South Carolina
5 Washington
6 Nebraska
7 Maine
8 Virginia
9 Idaho
10 North Dakota
11 Georgia
12 Vermont
13 Kansas
14 Ohio
15 Delaware
16 New Jersey
17 Colorado
18 Oregon
19 Connecticut
20 Maryland
21 Wyoming
22 New Mexico
23 Wisconsin
24 New Hampshire
25 North Carolina
26 Louisiana
27 Iowa
28 Alabama
29 Texas
30 Missouri
31 Massachusetts
32 Indiana
33 Pennsylvania
34 Tennessee
35 Alaska
36 Alaska
37 New York
38 Montana
39 Kentucky
40 Arizona
41 Oklahoma
42 West Virginia
43 Illinois
44 South Dakota
45 Nevada
46 Arkansas
47 Michigan
48 Mississippi
49 Florida
50 Rhode Island

Generally speaking, the last few years have seen a sizable increase in the number of auto accidents and car-related deaths, despite the advent of new semi-autonomous safety technologies like automatic braking. So why is that? The study points to the fact that Americans are driving more and more on average, with the additional time on the road equating to more opportunities for accidents, plus the fact that distracted driving continues to be a major problem.

So, about those autonomous cars…

PostHeaderIcon California Ranked As Having Worst Drivers In U.S.

Insurance website QuoteWizard just released its annual ranked list or Best and Worst Drivers by State for 2017, and it’s not looking good for those behind the wheel in the Golden State. Meanwhile, drivers in Rhode Island now have something to be proud of.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data”

The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data. The data is then weighted for incident totals for each state with its occurrence percentage, with the rankings based on the sum of weighted means calculated from accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations, and fatalities.

So then, what’s the state with the worst drivers? That would be California, which was second in 2016 but climbed to the top spot for 2017. QuoteWizard also points out that California includes half of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers in the country, with the absolute worst of the worst residing in Sacramento (although Los Angeles is mentioned as well). California drivers accumulated more tickets and more DUIs this time around, even grabbing the spot for worst standard for DUIs in the country, according to the study.

Meanwhile, the best drivers are in Rhode Island, so congrats on that, New England.

Rankings by State

Ranking (Worst) State
1 California
2 Minnesota
3 Utah
4 South Carolina
5 Washington
6 Nebraska
7 Maine
8 Virginia
9 Idaho
10 North Dakota
11 Georgia
12 Vermont
13 Kansas
14 Ohio
15 Delaware
16 New Jersey
17 Colorado
18 Oregon
19 Connecticut
20 Maryland
21 Wyoming
22 New Mexico
23 Wisconsin
24 New Hampshire
25 North Carolina
26 Louisiana
27 Iowa
28 Alabama
29 Texas
30 Missouri
31 Massachusetts
32 Indiana
33 Pennsylvania
34 Tennessee
35 Alaska
36 Alaska
37 New York
38 Montana
39 Kentucky
40 Arizona
41 Oklahoma
42 West Virginia
43 Illinois
44 South Dakota
45 Nevada
46 Arkansas
47 Michigan
48 Mississippi
49 Florida
50 Rhode Island

Generally speaking, the last few years have seen a sizable increase in the number of auto accidents and car-related deaths, despite the advent of new semi-autonomous safety technologies like automatic braking. So why is that? The study points to the fact that Americans are driving more and more on average, with the additional time on the road equating to more opportunities for accidents, plus the fact that distracted driving continues to be a major problem.

So, about those autonomous cars…

PostHeaderIcon First Ever Zero Star Rating on the Euro NCAP? Don’t Put Your Kids in a Fiat Punto

It’s rare for a car to be so bad at the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) that it scores zero stars in the crash tests. It has actually never happened in the 20 years NCAP has been crashing cars. History has arrived, though, in the form of the Fiat Punto. The aging hatchback doesn’t have many distinguishing traits about it, but from this day forth, it will now live in infamy as the first and only car to ever get a goose egg in the European crash tests.

“The third-generation hatchback has been around for 12 years with minimal updates to show for it”

I don’t usually follow the Euro NCAP because there’s too much going on in the auto industry. But every so often, the agency finds itself in the news for reasons like this one. It’s a worrying result for the Punto, but not one that’s entirely unexpected either. The third-generation hatchback has been around for 12 years with minimal updates to show for it. That’s one reason it scored so low in these tests. I’m not even exaggerating about how bad it gets for the dated model. It scored 51 percent for adult occupant safety, 43 percent for children occupant safety, and 52 percent for pedestrian protection. If those scores aren’t putrid enough, consider this: the Punto scored 0 percent on safety assist. In case you didn’t know, you can’t go any lower than 0 percent.


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“If those scores aren’t putrid enough, consider this: the Punto scored 0 percent on safety assist”

Michiel van Ratingen, the body’s secretary general, summarized the Punto’s abysmal results clearly. “The fact that older cars cannot compete illustrates the pace at which the vehicle industry is innovating safety and the willingness and ability of competitive manufacturers to meet the highest standards,” he said. Those who do not keep their cars up to the latest standards get left behind, as these results clearly show.”

There’s no going around it. Fiat needs to retire the Punto. It should’ve retired it years ago, but it continues to sell it well past its expiration date because the car somehow still sells. It’s not a good business practice, and the Italian automaker needs to be called out for it. The Italian automaker can’t even blame the more stringent tests carried out by the NCAP. The Punto is just a bad car. It’s the closest thing to a hazard on four wheels that we have in the industry.

Do the right thing, Fiat. Give the Punto the burial it deserves.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW recalls all the i3 models ever sold in the United States

BMW is recalling all the i3 EVs sold in the U.S., both electric and range-extended models, following results from a crash test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The German automaker is also stopping i3 sales until it can fix the issue. The small electric car failed a front rigid barrier crash with a five-foot-tall, 110-pound female in the driver’s who is not wearing a seatbelt. According to the NHTSA, this situation produces a marginally higher risk of neck injury. The recall affects all i3 cars sold in the United States from model years 2014 through 2018, which covers the entire production run for the U.S. market.

The recall will commence in January when all owners will receive a letter to take their cars to dealerships for a fix. BMW says that customers can continue driving their i3s until then, claiming that the car remains safe when the driver wears a seat belt. “While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results,” BMW said in a statement. “Consequently, BMW has issued a recall and is working with the agency to understand the differences in the test results. A remedy is forthcoming.”

Granted, the recall doesn’t seem like a big deal safety-wise (you are wearing a seat belt, right?), but it didn’t happen too often for an entire nameplate to be affected and called back. It will be interesting to see what kind of fix will BMW find for a safety issue like this one.

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PostHeaderIcon This is Why Volvo Is Famous For Its Safety

If you have a weak stomach, you might want to take a deep breath first before proceeding. The video you’re about to see is pretty brutal, not because of something that happened, but because of something that could have happened had it not been for a driver’s alertness and an automaker’s state-of-the-art technology. In so many words, a distracted child crossed a street without looking, only to find himself in the crosshairs of an oncoming Volvo semi-truck. The scene was playing out like a house of horrors, until salvation stepped in in the form of Volvo’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system.

In a split second before what would’ve been a nightmarish collision, the truck driver managed to slam the brakes hard enough to trigger the AEB system, sending the truck screeching to a dramatic halt. The intensive braking was strong enough to create g-forces that literally pushed the nose of the truck forward with the lower end of the front bumper barely scraping the road. Fortunately, the erring child had enough wits about himself to also run away from the truck, preventing what would’ve otherwise been a heartbreaking end to the young boy’s life.

There really is something to be said for all the advancements in automotive technology to see it work in front of your eyes. I personally don’t know if the driver or the AEB system deserves a bigger share of the credit, but I’ll settle for equal-billing. Let it be said though that Volvo’s new braking system played a huge role in saving a young boy’s life. More than any award or positive review, seeing it function the way it’s supposed to be in a literal time of distress is the ultimate vindication for an automaker’s constant pursuit of advanced safety technologies.

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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 F-150 Earns Big With IIHS Safety Ratings – Except For One Thing

The Ford F-150’s skin might be made from recycled beer cans, but the full-size pickup scored very well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s barrage of testing. Since it debuted in 2015, the current F-150 has scored a “Good” in all crash tests. But, things aren’t all rainbows and butterflies for the half-ton pickup. The 2018 F-150 is too short-sighted to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+. The reason: it can’t see well in the dark.

The IIHS rates the F-150’s headlights as “Poor” in all five of its tests.

Both the base halogen headlights in the lower-trimmed F-150 and the LED headlights in the more expensive models scored a “Poor” in visibility testing. The halogen lights’ low and high beams fall short in straightaway visibility on the left and right sides of the road. The low beams only give 149 feet of visibility on the right, and 89 feet on the left and the high beams only shine 412 feet and 317, respectively. In curves, the headlights perform even worse, providing an average of only 102 feet of visibility with the low beams and 148 feet with the high beams in the four different curve tests done by the IIHS.

Jumping up to the LED headlights don’t help the situation, though they perform a tab bit better. The low beams shine 323 feet on the right and 168 feet on the left, while the high beams shine 544 feet on the right and 428 feet on the left. In turns, the LED low beams illuminate an average of 135 feet ahead, and the high beams shine an average of 163 feet ahead. The unfortunate trade-off for the better performance is excessive glare for oncoming traffic with the low beams. They exceed the IIHS’ glare threshold between 94.8 and 187.9 percent. That’s not good.

There’s more to this story below.

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It’s odd why Ford didn’t do any better. The IIHS has been testing headlights since 2016, and the F-150’s new-for-2018 front-end styling should have accounted for the evaluation. Of course, Ford isn’t the only automaker scoring low on this new test, but Ford certainly had the chance to make it right with the F-150’s 2018 refresh.

Sadly, the headlights have cost the 2018 F-150 the IIHS’ coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. The F-150 would have earned this rating for 2018 thanks to its new Front Crash Prevention technology. The optional Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go scored a “Superior” in the IIHS’ testing. The truck automatically and completely avoided rear-end crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph.

Still, the 2018 Ford F-150 earns the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award, which is one level down from the Top Safety Pick+ award. And, aside from the headlights, the only other test criteria that didn’t meet a perfect score of “Good” was the ease-of-use of the rear-seat LATCH system, which earned a “Marginal.”

Headlights


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Trim level(s) XL trim
XLT trim
Lariat trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating P
Trim level(s) Lariat trim equipped with 502A package
Raptor trim equipped with Raptor Technology package
King Ranch trim
Platinum trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating P
Trim level(s) Raptor trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating P

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Says 2011-2017 Explorers Are Safe, But Will Fix Them Anyway

The Ford Explorer recently made headlines due to exhaust fumes entering the cabin and making people nauseous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than 2,400 reports on the issue, with at least 41 citing injuries and three reporting crashes due to the ill effects of the carbon monoxide fumes on the 2011 through 2017 Explorer. However, investigations by the NHTSA and Ford turned up no significant changes in CO levels in the cabin. Well, except for Police Interceptor models. Ford says the issue stems from aftermarket up-fit companies leaving unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment. Still, Ford says it will fix any of the 1.3 million affected Explorers at the owner’s request, despite Ford calling the vehicles safe.

Ford’s voluntary service is free to Explorer owners regardless of the warranty status or vehicle mileage. The fix includes reprogramming the air conditioner, replacing the liftgate drain valves, and inspecting the sealing of the rear of the vehicle. Ford dealerships will begin offering this service starting November 1, 2017, and will continue through December 31, 2018. Of the Explorers built in that 2011 through 2017 timeframe, roughly 1.3 million are in the U.S., 84,000 are in Canada, and 24,000 are in Mexico.

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Why It Matters

It’s interesting that Ford is offering to inspect and replace parts on these 2011 through 2017 Explorers despite it claiming the vehicles are safe. Perhaps Ford is taking the high road and catering to its customers’ feelings of security and safety.
Or, Ford could know there is an issue and is trying to downplay the situation. Who knows? Speculation aside, it certainly is a sign of good faith for Ford to voluntarily inspect and replace items on every 2011 through 2017 Explorer in North America.

What do you think? Is Ford trying to scoot by or is the automaker making an honest attempt at consoling its customers’ fears of carbon monoxide poisoning? Let us know in the comments below.

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