Motor vehicles are safer than ever before. Decades of crash testing and other research have resulted in dramatically improved structural integrity and occupant protection, not to mention reliability. This is terrific news, especially for relatively more vulnerable drivers and passengers. Certain vehicles are safer than others, however, and some have features - like wide mirrors - that may be of special benefit to older drivers. Moreover, a range of emerging technologies is available in new cars and light trucks, some of which have lifesaving potential while others may be distracting or poorly implemented.
This section is intended to help both consumers and industry stakeholders, including safety advocates, researchers, engineers, etc. It is designed to help prospective car buyers and their loved ones understand what's being offered in new cars and what features might be helpful to keep in mind, while also serving as a repository of up-to-date information for those whose job it is to advance safety in this area.