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Automotive companies have a long history of getting crash data from dead bodies

The practice of smashing dead bodies in cars may seem shocking, data from such experiments have saved thousands of lives.

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2014 model becomes first minivan to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ranking

Minivans should aspire to be the safest cars on the road. There's no other vehicle more tailored toward carrying children, ostensibly our most precious cargo, than the classic family hauler.

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Cheaper welds, inferior materials, scant safety features all lead to higher profits

The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the world.

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Morbidly obese people 56 percent more likely to die from accident injuries

People who are overweight have always had it tough. Obesity has been linked to a myriad of health problems ranging from asthma to heart disease to cancer.

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2011 Ford Fiesta offset barrier crash test – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford's inflatable seatbelt – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Kia Sportage – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Inside Toyota's Higashi-Fuji tech center – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Crash Testing – Click above for high-res image gallery

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GM's H50-1 ATD in action – Click above for high-res image gallery

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World Cup crash test – Click above to watch video after the jump

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The new 2011 BMW 530d has easily passed its first crash test evaluation while using active emergency brake intervention. Like a number of other cars to come to market recently, the 5 Series is available with a radar-based active cruise control system that can use the brake system to manage vehicle speed and keep the car a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Recently these systems have been enhanced with emergency brake intervention that allows full braking force to be applied if crash is im

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If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are currently allowed on select public roads in 46 of the 50 United States. But even though they're perfectly legal in many areas, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a pretty serious warning for anyone

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If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are currently allowed on select public roads in 46 of the 50 United States. But even though they're perfectly legal in many areas, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a pretty serious warning for anyone

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Hyundais Daewoos sacrificed in the name of science – Click above to watch the videos after the break

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Crash Testing - Click above for high-res image gallery

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First the Oscars and now this! The envelope please! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a bevy of scores for the Infiniti M, Lexus HS 250h and Toyota 4Runner and it was nothing but "Good" all around. The Infiniti and Toyota were tested for frontal offset and side impacts, with their "Good" score maintaining the scores of their predecessors. The Lexus scored a first-time Good" in the frontal offset test. You can get all the details on the most recent round of crash-test

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NHTSA side-impact pole test – click above to watch the video

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According to Bloomberg, Toyota has been ordered by Texas Judge T. John Ward no to destroy any of its crash data, and research projects related to product liability or crashworthiness. The temporary restraining order, which is in effect until after a October 7 hearing (at which it will be determine if the order should be extended), stems from allegations from former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller that the Japanese automaker withheld evidence in over 300 rollover lawsuits. Ward wrote of his decisi

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2009 Chevy Malibu versus 1959 Chevy Bel Air - Click above to watch the video after the break

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