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Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash testThe IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight effectiveness test in addition to delivering strong crash...

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What's New for 2017: Kia

2017 Kia NiroKia's lineup grows for the 2017 model year with the addition of a new hybrid model: the Kia Niro. Unlike the automaker's other hybrid—the Optima—the Niro isn't available with a gas-only powertrain. That's a big step for Kia and one that should help the brand prepare for increasingly stringent fuel economy standards. The Niro isn't...

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2017 Mini Countryman preview

2017 Mini CountrymanA new Mini Countryman crossover SUV bows for the 2017 model year. With it, the British imprint of BMW hopes to correct some of the flaws in the first-generation vehicle--while it ups the fuel-efficiency ante with a plug-in hybrid model, Mini's first hybrid ever. The Countryman got its first public outing in North America at the 2016 Los Angeles...

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How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testingYou've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+ award. But not every car on the dealer's lot is necessarily a Top Safety Pick+ recipient, even if it looks...

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Many more Takata airbag recalls announced: check your car's VIN here

Inflated airbagIf you own a vehicle equipped with Takata airbags and you've been waiting for a recall notice, pay attention: this morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted more than a dozen new Takata-related recalls to its online database, and they affect millions of vehicles in the U.S. The publication of those recalls caps off nearly...

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Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007

Change in fatalities between the first 9 months of 2015 & the first 9 months of 2016 (NHTSA est.)It's only January, and official stats on traffic fatalities for 2016 aren't expected for at least 10 more months. However, early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that auto-related deaths surged during the first nine months of last year. If those stats prove accurate, they would signal a disturbing trend in...

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