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Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...
Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...

You're a conscientious consumer. You buy eggs from cage-free chickens, your bling is blood diamond-free, and your iPhone...well, you try not to think too much about your iPhone. But what about your car--specifically, its glittery metallic paint? Have you mulled that over much? Apparently, you...Read More»

Safety Seat
NHTSA: 628 Children Have Died In Hot Cars Since 1998; Technology To Protect Kids "Isn't There Yet"

Senior officials from the Department of Transportation held a press conference yesterday in Washington, D.C., and the news they shared wasn't much comfort to parents and guardians of small children. According to Detroit News, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and David Friedman, Acting...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Drunk Drivers Responsible For 20% Of Child Fatalities In Auto Accidents

Our cars have become much safer over the years, and as a result, traffic fatalities have been on the decline, reaching record lows. But you might be surprised to learn that drunk drivers still account for around one-third of all roadway deaths: in 2011, they were linked to 9,878 of the year's...Read More»

Car seats - Graco Smart Seat
NHTSA May Sue Graco To Recall Faulty Rear-Facing Car Seats

Back in March, we reported that child-seat manufacturer Graco was resisting pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall more than 1.83 million potentially defective safety seats. According to the New York Times, NHTSA is now conducting tests on those seats, and...Read More»

KidsandCars preventing backovers
Study: Rearview Cameras Better At Detecting Objects Than Parking Sensors

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act (PDF), which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with devices to enhance rear visibility. According to the terms of the bill, the Department of Transportation had until...Read More»

Car seats - Evenflo Embrace 35
Why Won't Graco Recall 1.83 Million Potentially Defective Car Seats?

General Motors isn't the only company being grilled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to Detroit News, the agency is also asking questions of Graco Children's Products, which is refusing to recall 1.83 million potentially defective child safety seats. In February...Read More»

Car seats - proper installation-toddler, NHTSA
Over One-Third Of Kids Killed in Crashes Aren't In Car Seats Or Buckled Up

It's Child Passenger Safety Week in the U.S., and before it draws to a close tomorrow, we have a grim statistic to share: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly two children under 13 were killed in auto accidents every day in 2011, and another 338 were injured...Read More»

Screencap from 2011 Toyota Sienna ad campaign
The Biggest Driving Distraction For Parents? It's Not What You Think

We all remember what it was like to be a kid, trapped in the back seat, cutting up with brothers or sisters or schoolmates. Our parents would turn around and give us "that look", promising all sorts of punishments if we didn't keep still. Occasionally, they'd pull over to the side of the road...Read More»

Will Kids' Seats Fit in the 2011 Nissan Leaf?
Parents Who Don't Wear Seatbelts Don't Buckle Up Their Kids, Either

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled results from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey. The survey examined the everyday use of seat belts and other safety restraints, with an entire section dedicated to car safety for kids. On the whole, the results...Read More»

2012 Ford Explorer-Ginger Ale
Family Car Guide Tips For Long Winter Road Trips With The Kids

Whether your proposed winter road trip is to visit relatives or go on a weekend getaway, if you’re bringing your children along, it’s better to be prepared than trying to deal on the fly with tantrums, spills, arguments, boredom and bellyaching. Here are some FamilyCarGuide tips on...Read More»

Cars-N-Kids Car Seat Monitor
Monitor Alerts Parents If Kids Wiggle Out Of Car Seats

Concerned about whether or not your child is safely remaining in his or her car seat while you are on the road? Even though car seat monitors are not currently mandated by the Federal government, or installed as standard equipment in car seats or vehicles, two engineers have developed an...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Should NHTSA Mandate Technology To Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars?

A recent article in WardsAuto.com by Drew Winter caused a bit of a stir with its title, “The Nanny State Eyes Nanny Cars.” The gist of the story is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after its July 2011 roundtable in Washington, D.C. on child hyperthermia...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Preventing Children From Dying In Hot Cars: Good Or Bad?

Every summer, we see dozens of headlines about children being left in hot cars. Many suffer heat strokes, many die. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun exploring new technology -- and new mandates -- that might cut down on such tragic incidents. But is that good or bad?...Read More»

Ford Explorer LEGOLAND
Lego My Ford Explorer: Florida Theme Park To Feature Family SUV

No, you can’t buy it, but the kids will love it anyway. What is it? It’s the Ford Explorer Legoland, a one-of-a-kind Explorer constructed from more than 380,000 Lego bricks. The visually-arresting red Legoland Florida edition Explorer took more than 2,500 hours to create and will...Read More»

KidsandCars preventing backovers
Family Car Advice: Prevent Backovers And Keep The Kids Safe

With summer winding down and parents busy getting the kids ready to go back to school, it’s a good time to reinforce some practical driver behavior to help prevent backovers and save children’s lives. The dangers of backovers are very real. Thousands of children are killed or seriously...Read More»

Toddler in car seat
Sixty Percent Of Car Seats Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals

Results of 105 car seats tested by HealthyStuff.org reveal that more than half (60 percent) contain at least one of the toxic chemicals tested for, including hazardous flame retardants and chemical additives. But some car seats were found to be virtually free of the most dangerous chemicals...Read More»

Old Driver
Kids May Be Safer With Grandma Or Grandpa Behind The Wheel: Study

Forget stereotypes of granny and gramps as feeble oldsters unable to drive safely. In fact, the results of a new study published today in the journal Pediatrics show that children may just be safer with grandma or grandpa behind the wheel. Surprised? So were the researchers, who expected just the...Read More»

Old Driver
Kids Safer With A Grandparent Behind The Wheel

Forget any preconceived notions you may have about older drivers: a new study has revealed that children may be safest in cars when a grandparent, not a parent, is behind the wheel. While previous studies showed that older drivers have more accidents, the new research focused exclusively on...Read More»

rearview camera
Five Things Every Parent Needs In The Car

Frankly, parents can use all the help they can get. Along with love and responsibility – and your little ones – here are a few things that every parent should take along for the ride: Rearview camera - Lacking eyes in the back of your head, the next-best thing is an absolute necessity...Read More»

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