seatbelts

Another airbag recall crisis is brewing--this time, from Autoliv
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»

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»

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»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
With Obesity On The Rise, Do Seat Belts Need To Be Longer?

Waistline creep has become quite a bit more prevalent in the last decade--so much so, in fact, that one-third of the American population is obese and another third is overweight. One unintended consequence of this is the risk of obese drivers dying in car crashes because they’re failing to...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»

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»

2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing
Why I Always Wear Seatbelts And You Should Too: The Flipbook

If you ever seriously wreck a car, you never forget the experience. And it may be the most effective way yet devised to burn into your brain how important seatbelts are to keeping you alive and reducing the injuries you sustain. In 1985, I wrecked my 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit while driving a twisty...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»

Ford's inflatable seat belt
2013 Ford Flex And Unnamed Lincolns To Offer Rear Inflatable Seat Belts

Buoyed by the number of 2011 Ford Explorer buyers ordering rear inflatable seat belts, the automaker no doubt sees a marketing opportunity ahead – especially with families. Ford will offer rear inflatable seat belts on the 2013 Ford Flex and on some yet-to-be-named Lincoln vehicles arriving...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Study: Higher Fines Would Convince More Motorists To Buckle Up

Nearly all states have laws requiring occupants to wear safety belts when in a moving vehicle. Yet about 15 percent of vehicle occupants still don't buckle up. How do we get that remainder to buckle up and be more likely to survive an accident? Surprisingly, just introducing the threat of a...Read More»

Screencap from "Embrace Life" seatbelt ad
Video: YouTube Crowns Its First 'Ad Of The Year' Winner

There are a lot of commercials floating around the internet (and on TV, too, we suppose), and a number of international awards have sprung up to recognize excellence in the field of advertising. So far, Cannes has been the biggest of the bunch, but Cannes and other award-givers often focus on...Read More»

VVT mobile enforcement and traffic surveillance trailer
Texters Beware: Camera Enforcement Could Get A Lot Smarter

How would you feel if a ticket for talking on your cellphone—including an incriminating photo—arrived in the mail? With a new system developed in Europe, it could happen. Ticket-writing for violations like speeding, tailgating, and not wearing your seatbelt are showing promise of...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
New Backseat Seatbelt Rules Close A Loophole In Some States

Most states now require adults, as well as kids in back, to be buckled up. But it's a little-known fact, to some motorists, that some of these laws don't apply to adults in the backseat. And one worrisome trend, USA Today reports, is that in some states—such as New Jersey—rear seatbelt use is...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Traverse
Seatbelt Issue Prompts Recall Of GM Crossovers

General Motors is recalling several of its popular crossover utility vehicle models for a seatbelt issue. In short, it might result in a seatbelt that looks buckled sliding out of place just when you need it. The recall affects 243,403 vehicles, including 2009 and 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick...Read More»

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