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2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures
2013 Hyundai Sonata investigated for seatbelt failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata following two reports that the car's seatbelts failed to restrain passengers during collisions. You might think that NHTSA would require more than two complaints before initiating a probe...Read More»

Carl the Dummy from Chrysler's 'What's My AQ?' trivia game
Another airbag recall crisis is brewing--this time, from Autoliv

2016 was dominated by some pretty major headlines: Brexit, Trump, Bowie/Prince/Zsa Zsa. In fact, it was so full of Big News that many folks are already looking forward to a kinder, gentler 2017. According to one Swedish auto parts supplier, though, the new year may be anything but quiet. In fact...Read More»

Seatbelt usage by state
The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts

In 49 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to ride in the front seat of a car without wearing a seatbelt. In 28 of those states, back seat passengers have to buckle up, too. New Hampshire is the lone holdout, with no seatbelt law at all. But of course, just because there's a law on the...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2017 Chrysler Pacifica recalled for seatbelt flaw: 3,500 U.S. minivans affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling select 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. More than 3,500 vehicles in America are affected. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the seatbelt clips in some Pacifica vehicles may break, which could preventing occupants...Read More»

Smart Fortwo vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class crash test
U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015. All told, NHTSA believes that some 35,200 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: 70% of you talk on the phone while driving (and that's not all)

For untold millennia, people have tried to set good examples for their family, friends, and neighbors. And for just as long, family, friends, and neighbors have been busting such people for doing the very things they've told others not to do. It's one thing to take the "do as I say, not as I do"...Read More»

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV
2006-2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Recalled For Seatbelt Problem: 1.1 Million Affected

Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million RAV4 crossovers in the U.S. to address a problem with the vehicles' safety belts. According to the automaker, some of those devices may not work as intended during collisions. ALSO SEE: Mazda Shows Not All All-Wheel-Drive Systems Are Created Equally The...Read More»

2014 Dodge Charger
2011-2014 Dodge Charger Recalled To Stop Airbags From Accidentally Deploying

Last week, we told you about Chrysler Fiat Automobile's recall of more than 840,000 Ram pickups because of a poorly calibrated safety control module, which could cause airbags to deploy without warning. Now, FCA is recalling more than 322,000 Dodge Chargers for a very similar problem. As with the...Read More»

2014 Audi SQ5
2014-2015 Audi SQ5 Recalled For Software Glitch That Could Deactivate Power Steering

Volkswagen has announced a recall of select Audi SQ5 crossovers from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could cause them to lose power steering in cold weather. CHECK OUT: Audi...Read More»

2015 Ram 1500
2012-2015 Ram Pickups Recalled To Fix Seatbelts, Airbags; 1.9 Million Vehicles Affected

It's been an interesting few days for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the recall front. On Friday, the company recalled 1.4 million vehicles to shield them from hackers, and over the weekend, it reached a $105 million settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to resolve...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 Recalled For Seatbelt Flaw

General Motors has announced a recall of select 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those cars may suffer from a problem with their front seat belts that could prevent the devices from working...Read More»

2015 Hyundai Sonata
2015 Hyundai Sonata Recalled For Seat Belt Flaw: 140,000 Owners In U.S., Canada Affected

Hyundai Motor Company is issuing a recall for select Hyundai Sonata sedans from the 2015 model year. According to Auto News, some of those vehicles may be equipped with flawed seat belt buckles, which could dramatically increase the risk of injury to occupants. ALSO SEE: Senators Intro Bill To...Read More»

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
NHTSA Investigates 2008 Chevrolet Impala, 2011-2012 Dodge Charger, 2006-2008 Hyundai Sonata

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched three unrelated investigations of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala, the 2011-2012 Dodge Charger, and the 2006-2008 Hyundai Sonata. Together, the safety probes affect nearly 750,000 car owners in the U.S. ALSO SEE: Death List 2015: The Cars...Read More»

HARKEN seatbelt concept fights driver fatigue (by the Biomechanics Institute of Valencia)
Can This Intelligent Seatbelt End Drowsy Driving? (Video)

The Internet of Everything: to most of us, it refers to machines we can monitor from afar, using computers and smartphones to keep tabs on our thermostats, refrigerators, and cars. But more generally, the Internet of Everything refers to the way in which objects of all kinds are becoming connected...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»

Chinese safety belt t-shirt
Fashion To Fool The Fuzz: Chinese T-Shirts Look Like Seatbelt Straps

Sometimes, inventions are revolutionary. When the iPhone debuted in 2007, the world let out a collective gasp, as if to say, "Yes, that's just what I've been wanting!" Sometimes, inventions are dull. Ginsu knives and the ShamWow do things that other products do, they just claim to do them better...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Seatbelt Usage Hits All-Time High, Thanks In Part To Southern Drivers

In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that fewer Americans used their seatbelts in 2011. According to NHTSA, the percentage of drivers and passengers wearing the safety devices slipped from 85% to 84%. At first glance, that change might seem insignificant, but 1% of...Read More»

Distracted driving
AAA Says It's Not Too Late For 5 Safe-Driving Resolutions

We may already be three days into 2012, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says it's not too late for drivers to make a few New Year's resolutions. Based on research the organization carried out in 2011, the Foundation has identified five areas in which many U.S. drivers need improvement...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
Officer Tickets 215 Phantom Motorists For Seatbelt Violation

Across the U.S., in every state in the union (except New Hampshire), hundreds of drivers are ticketed each day for not wearing their seatbelts. In New Orleans, however, at least 215 of those tickets have gone to "phantom motorists", allowing one enterprising police officer to nab some extra pay. A...Read More»

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