Car Safety

Volvo, Acura Models Protect Well In New Crash Test; Many Others Don't
Volvo, Acura Models Protect Well In New Crash Test; Many Others Don't

Families who want to choose one of the safest cars on the market have a new and compelling reason to consider the Volvo S60 or Acura TL: Of eleven luxury sedans run in a tough new frontal-impact test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these two are the only models to achieve the...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Says Mid-Size Sedan Shoppers Now Expect Value And Technology

When Ford launched its configurator site for the 2013 Fusion midsize sedan, it did so to both promote the car and to gauge interest in packages that prospective buyers wanted. To its surprise, nearly 25 percent of those visiting the Fusion configurator site built cars with the technology-rich...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX
Feds Open Probe Into 2013 Infiniti JX35 For Faulty Emergency Brake Application

Following two consumer complaints about their 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossovers abruptly stopping on a certain bridge – coincidentally, the same bridge – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into a potential defect involving the...Read More»

Toddler in car seat
Child Car Seat Trends To Watch

Parents, especially new parents, want to ensure the safety of their child by taking all the right precautions – including buying and installing the right type of car safety seat. While new products arrive on the scene with some regularity, not much is ever discussed about the changes in car...Read More»

Ford Sync wi-fi hotspot
Think In-Car Connectivity Is Too Risky? You're Not Alone

The connected car is here to stay. From roadside assistance services like OnStar to entertainment apps like Pandora, we've come to rely heavily on connectivity to keep us safe and happy when we're on the road. But that doesn't mean that drivers aren't worried about being plugged in. In fact, a new...Read More»

Toddler in car seat
NHTSA: Aftermarket Devices Unreliable In Detecting Kids Left In Hot Cars

In the middle of summer and with potentially many days left of high heat across the country, parents are being warned that aftermarket devices designed to protect kids by alerting caregivers they’ve been left in hot vehicles may not be reliable. The warning comes from the National Highway...Read More»

Car accident
NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Soar In First Three Months Of 2012

Everybody always blames the weather when something changes, from food price increases to the cost of housing. Now it’s being considered a contributing factor in the 13.5-percent increase in highway traffic deaths in the first quarter of this year. That’s according to a statement from...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape Recalled For Braking Issue

Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 model-year Escape compact crossovers over concerns that carpet padding mispositioned during installation may interfere with braking. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles...Read More»

Deer and car
Evolution #FAIL: Why Animals Lose To Cars, Every Time

In many areas of the country, it's that time of year when drivers know to keep a keen eye out for roadside vermin. And by "vermin," we mean the hoofed kind. State Farm says there are more than 1 million automobile collisions with deer every year, which do hundreds of millions of dollars of damage...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h
Toyota Adds 154,000 2010 Lexus RXs To 2009 Unintended Acceleration Recall

So you thought Toyota had finally managed to move beyond the unintended acceleration fiasco of 2009-2010? Turns out that's not the case--the company just added another 154,000 vehicles to the list: the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h. The problem, however, isn't with anything electronic or...Read More»

Distracted driving
Are Companies Liable For Employees' Cellphone Distraction, Damages?

Is your employer responsible, at least in part, when you talk or text? If you believe the raft of jury settlements awarding millions in some high-profile lawsuits that reach deep into some companies' pockets—against companies whose workers were in an accident (and caused injury or death)...Read More»

The First Years - IAlert app install screen grab
The First Years Car Seat Integrates First Parental Alert System

Child safety in the car just got a welcome boost as TOMY, the manufacturer of The First Years car seat, unveiled the first parental alert system available from any car seat manufacturer. The system alerts parents of potentially life-threatening situations to their child passengers, such as: The...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic sedan
2012 Honda Civic: Recall Alert

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 Civic compact cars over concerns about potentially faulty driveshafts. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected vehicles at 50,190. Documentation from Honda (PDF)...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
Bridgestone Offers $50,000 In College Scholarships: Deadline June 22!

If you're heading off to college this fall or know someone who is, listen up: Bridgestone is running a contest to give away $50,000 in scholarships, and the deadline for entries is June 22. The gist of Bridgestone America's Teens Drive Smart Video Contest is pretty simple: Any student between the...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
2013 Hyundai Elantra: Five Stars For Safety, But Will 40 MPG Get An Asterisk?

The Hyundai Elantra's been an unqualified success since it arrived, brand-new, in the 2011 model year. Backed by strong sales and positive reviews, it took home the 2012 North American Car of the Year Trophy, besting the likes of TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012, the Ford Focus, and another...Read More»

Evacuation
Your 7-Point Checklist For Hurricane Season

If you live along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you know what June 1 means: it's time to add Weather Underground to your bookmarks and prepare for another hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a "near normal" year for storms in the North Atlantic. NOAA...Read More»

Adaptive equipment - ramp on Dodge Grand Caravan
Need Help With Vehicle Mobility? Check Out These Programs From Automakers

Disabled Americans make up a large and growing part of our population. In general, Americans are living longer, millions of Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, thousands of disabled vets are returning home, and traffic crashes and other accidents are resulting in a growing number of...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Brake-Throttle Override Becomes The New Standard

With Hyundai’s recent announcement that brake throttle override, which it calls brake pedal throttle override capability, is now standard on all 2012 Hyundai models effective with May production, consumers may be curious about what this safety technology is all about, as well as what other...Read More»

Tire pressure warning lamp - NHTSA
Tire Pressure At Fault In 5 Percent Of Accidents: Study

If you own a 2008 model year or newer passenger car, light truck or van under 10,000 pounds gross weight, it’s equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as mandated by federal law. The purpose of TPMS is to detect and warn the driver when tire pressure dips below 25 percent the...Read More»

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