Car Safety

Evolution #FAIL: Why Animals Lose To Cars, Every Time
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»

Breakdown
7 Things To Remember When Your Car Breaks Down

America is in the midst of graduation season, which can only mean one thing: high school graduates across the country are motoring around in their very first cars, taking their first road trips, and buying their first (and last) air-fresheners disguised as fuzzy pairs of dice. But along with those...Read More»

AT&T texting-while-driving simulator, offered by The Peers Foundation
On Tour: AT&T Driving Simulator Helps Teens See Texting Danger

By now, most teens know that texting and handheld cellphone use while driving is dangerous. Yet they continue to do so; a Consumer Reports survey reported just last week that eight in 10 young drivers admit to texting and driving. Laws are getting tougher on this type of distracted-driving...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera Earn Top Safety Ratings

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera—both recently redesigned family-size sedans—have earned top crash-test ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also taking into consideration their standard safety equipment, they've been...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C
2012 Toyota Prius C: Best City MPG, And Now A Top Safety Pick

Just a year ago, a Prius was a Prius. But this year, say that iconic hybrid model name and you could be speaking of one of three different body styles or four quite different models—the 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback, the Toyota Prius V wagon, the Toyota Prius Plug-In, or the Toyota Prius C. And...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
Fake Police Officer May Be Killing Mississippi Drivers

Officials in Mississippi are investigating two roadside slayings that could be the work of a murderer posing as a police officer or highway patrolman. Both took place in the northern part of the state, not far from the Tennessee border. The first incident occurred on May 8 in Tunica County. The...Read More»

Texting while driving
Eight In 10 Young Drivers Admit Texting, Driving: Survey

Young drivers believe it's dangerous to talk and to text on smartphones while they're driving, but they're doing it anyway, according to a new study from Consumer Reports. The magazine's latest issue found that, of those young drivers surveyed, almost all said they considered texting, accessing the...Read More»

2012 Chrysler Town & Country
2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan: Recall Alert

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans over concerns about a malfunctioning rear liftgate sensor. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of...Read More»

Teens in car - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Teen Drivers More At Risk With Other Teens In The Car

Already a high-risk population, teen drivers face even greater risks when they have other young passengers in the car with them, according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released in conjunction with National Youth Traffic Safety Month. The report, “Teen Driver Risk...Read More»

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