Safety Tech

BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMW%u2019s 5 Series and Hyundai%u2019s Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system. The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, Bloomberg News reported. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

Tesla Motors Recalls Roadsters for Fire Danger

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is recalling 439 cars because of a possible danger of fire. The company is recalling Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 after an incident where a cable chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the car, creating smoke and possibly fire behind the right headlamp.

BP Creates Safety Unit, Fires Executive

Incoming BP (BP) CEO Bob Dudley fired the executive at the center of the Gulf oil disaster and created a new division to improve safety. Andy Inglis, the head of the company%u2019s upstream business, will leave the company at the end of the year, BP said in a statement.

Transocean Says It Addressed 90% of Safety Issues Before Gulf Spill

Transocean (RIG), owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded on April 20, said Monday it had addressed 90% of the recommendations made in a BP (BP) audit before the accident. "Overall rig maintenance aboard the Deepwater Horizon met or exceeded regulatory and industry standards and, according to documents and testimony today by BP%u2019s own executives, the rig was found to be fit, strong and prepared for operations in the Gulf," Transocean told the Financial Times.

GM Recalls 243,403 Vehicles for Safety Belt Buckle Problem

General Motors is recalling 243,403 vehicles because of a potential safety problem where safety belts could appear to be properly latched when they are not. The recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, GM said today in a statement. Most of the vehicles are in the United States, with several thousand exported vehicles in countries such as Canada and Mexico also affected.