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2010-10-05 10:30:00

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded an overall five-star crash test rating, the highest government ranking under the agency's New Car Assessment Program, to the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata withstood the agency's more rigorous 2011 testing procedures to receive the top safety rating. Sonata is built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure,...

2010-10-05 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prompted by advancements in auto safety, the federal government is increasing the amount of safety information it's providing to consumers and "raising the bar" on how it tests new vehicles by making the "Stars on Cars" safety rating program even more stringent. This will begin with Model Year (MY) 2011 automobiles. The government's 5-star Safety Rating System's more-challenging tests mean that the government's star ratings on new auto...

2010-07-14 08:15:00

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A General Motors crash test dummy whose 15 years of service included scores of full-vehicle crash tests and a host of special assignments will spend a peaceful retirement in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The donation of 50H-1, an Anthropomorphic Test Device, or ATD, is part of a museum initiative to collect materials related to technological advancements in the auto industry to improve safety features. The ATD will be part of a...

2010-06-04 09:01:00

LIVONIA, Mich., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety, has today outlined how it is supporting vehicle manufacturers to prepare for more stringent US New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety criteria next year. TRW's occupant restraint simulation techniques have resulted in advances to its technology portfolio and a significant cost reduction compared with traditional testing processes. (Photo:...

2010-06-02 09:05:00

IRVINE, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Joining the 2010 Forte compact sedan and 2010 Soul urban passenger vehicle, the 2011 Sorento compact utility vehicle has been recognized as a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the midsize SUV category when built after March 2010. Sorento, which went on sale earlier this year, received the organization's top honor by earning "Good" ratings -- the highest achievable -- in frontal, side, rear and rollover impact...

2010-05-27 17:47:00

NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- At one time, the only way to improve vehicle safety meant crash testing real cars over and over. Today, with the help of computer simulations, countless important tests can be run on a single vehicle without denting a fender. The soon to be released Chevrolet Cruze is a perfect example. See video from General Motors at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/oneClip_C_105/?feed=3Nyc8kXARTnU7mx3GI1jm_We9fhFllqn In fact, at Chevrolet, using a computer with the processing...

2010-05-14 09:00:00

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hyundai Genesis sedan continues to rack up the accolades with the 2010 model year receiving a "TOP SAFETY PICK" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The award recognizes vehicles that earn the top rating of "good" for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection. Additionally, to earn a "TOP SAFETY PICK" the vehicle must have Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a standard feature on the Genesis. (Photo:...

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2010-03-12 09:25:00

The second crash test of a small lightweight helicopter at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., was a smashing success, literally -- just as engineers had predicted. "Three, two, one, release," said the technician on the loudspeaker at the Landing and Impact Research Facility. With that countdown the helicopter smacked hard into the concrete. Its skid gear collapsed, its windscreen cracked open and its occupants lurched forward violently, suffering potentially spine-crushing...

2010-02-23 16:09:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT three-row luxury crossover received five-star ratings for both frontal and side-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration MKT offers a high level of crash protection as well as cutting-edge crash-avoidance and driver-awareness technology such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, and a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic...

2010-02-23 07:00:00

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The recent Toyota recalls involving sudden unintended acceleration have focused national attention on safety problems that are infrequent, but potentially fatal. Much of the ongoing debate and public outcry has centered on why these issues weren't caught or acted upon earlier. But while the U.S. has arguably the best automotive safety net in the world, these types of infrequent problems can be the hardest to catch and the most difficult to...


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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'