child safety

Automakers agree to install rear seat reminders to prevent heatstroke deaths in children
Automakers agree to install rear seat reminders to prevent heatstroke deaths in children

A coalition of 20 automakers has promised to implement rear seat reminder technology no later than 2025 in order to combat child heatstroke deaths. In 2018, more than 50 children, mostly infants, died from heatstroke deaths after being left unattended in cars, which is the most annually since 1998...Read More»

Nissan Rear Door Alert
Nissan's Rear Door Alert ensures that kids and pets don't get left in hot cars

In the U.S., 37 children and hundreds of pets die each year after being left in hot cars. Nissan has developed technology to help prevent some of those deaths. That technology was pioneered by two Nissan engineers, Elsa Foley and Marlene Mendoza. They'd been working on the project for a while when...Read More»

General Motors' Rear Seat Reminder
GM offers 'Rear Seat Reminder' on a growing number of vehicles

If you have children or pets, it might be hard to imagine accidentally leaving them in your car, but sadly, people do. This year alone, 39 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles--either because they were left in cars accidentally or because they got into a vehicle when adults weren't...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»

2015 GMC Canyon
2015 GMC Canyon Flips Its Headrest For Car-Seat Safety

General Motors is hoping to rekindle the passion for mid-size trucks in the U.S. with the 2015 GMC Canyon, but it also plans to show customers that they won’t have to sacrifice safety to get smaller, more efficient trucks. On the Canyon (and presumably its twin the Chevrolet Colorado), the...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»

Volvo inflatable child seat
Volvo's New Child Car Seat Concept: Lightweight, Inflatable, Military-Grade

Volvo is usually at the cutting edge of vehicle safety with advanced technologies, but when it came to creating a safer and less bulky child seat, it stayed relatively low tech. Check out the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, which is an attempt at trying to create a car seat that is lightweight 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»

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 Dodge Durango - ParkView back up camera
U.S. To Require Rearview Cameras On All Cars By 2014: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below On July 8, 2004, five-year-old Benjamin Donnell was killed when his father backed over him in the family's SUV. On October 9, 2004, two-year-old Adrianna Clemens met a similarly tragic fate. These stories are not unusual. In fact, according to a report in the New York Times, over...Read More»

School Bus
School Buses: The Next Frontier For Traffic Cams

As much as folks like to warn about Big Brother, society has been fairly good at fending off the worst of George Orwell's vision of a 24/7 police state. Speed cams, for example, have been attacked by critics on all fronts, and many are being turned off. Even red light cameras, which are favored by...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»

family of crash-test dummies  -  courtesy Ford Motor Co.
Family Safety: Ford Developing First Child Crash-Test Dummies

How can we better protect children from traffic accidents? For starters, it seems that cracking down on drunk driving might really help; according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than two thirds of the children killed in motor-vehicle crashes were killed while riding with a drinking...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda Recalls 2010 Accord Crosstour For Airbag Issue

Some 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour vehicles are being recalled for an issue with the front passenger airbag. According to Honda, on 3,336 Crosstours the airbag module doesn't meet a federal regulation that required it to be tested (for airbag deployment) with an unbelted six-year-old-sized crash-test...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey Can Fit A Class-Leading Four Child Seats

Growing families often present some frustrating vehicular puzzles. Namely, do you have enough positions to safely secure all your kids? Hint: having a five-passenger vehicle doesn't always mean that you have space for two adults and three kids, if one or more of those kids is in a child or booster...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Oh, Behave: More States Tighten Seat Belt And Texting Rules

You should know better by now not to buckle up, buckle up your loved ones, and avoid texting while driving altogether. But, increasingly, it's also the law. Last week, both Georgia and Vermont joined 26 other states in banning text messaging by all drivers. The Vermont rule went into effect June 1...Read More»

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