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Family Safety: Ford Developing First Child Crash-Test Dummies
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»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Recall Alert: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Honk much? If you're driving one of the new 2011 Volkswagen Jettas already built and sold in America, you might be sounding the warning horn more than you'd like. The German automaker's American sales arm says it's recalling some 71,043 2011 Jettas for a problem with the anti-theft system. The...Read More»

Teen driving
Mercedes-Benz: We'll Teach Your Children To Drive

America does a terrible job of demanding new drivers be good drivers, but your teen driver can get a leg up with a new course now being offered by Mercedes-Benz. Like its fellow countrymen at Audi, Mercedes says it will begin teaching teen drivers safe road skills, starting late this year. Dubbed...Read More»

Airbags & Baby Seats
Safety Alert: Rear-Facing Child Seats Aren't Only For Infants

Parents, take note: Keeping little ones facing rearward and in their infant seats well past their first birthday, and perhaps into toddlerdom, will help keep them safe and sound. Very recently, the conventional advice was that if you should transition kids into a forward-facing seat at just one...Read More»

2008 Kia Optima LX
2006 - 2008 Kia Optima Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Hot on the heels of the 2011 Kia Optima's five-star safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the company has announced a recall of 70,115 Kia Optima sedans from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 model years. At issue is an improperly installed shift cable, which could cause an accident...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey: The Safest Vehicle On The Market?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2011 Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick, confirming its position as a safety leader among family vehicles. Although the Odyssey had already earned top 'good' ratings from the IIHS, the Institute only recently tested the model in its new roof...Read More»

Yellow sac spider. Photo by Richard Bartz.
Spider Infestation Problems Lead To Mazda Recall

The Mazda6 is an undoubtedly good sedan. It's a perfect family vehicle for those that don't need the size or fuel costs of an SUV or crossover. But it's not so great if you have an arachnophobe in the family--a problem with a specific spider species infesting part of the fuel system has prompted a...Read More»

2002 Chrysler Minivan
Woman Gets 40-Mile, 100-MPH Ride On Minivan's Hood Thanks To Abusive Husband

You've just had a heated fight with your husband, who storms out of the house and into the family minivan. He's about to speed off. So you jump on the hood to stop him. Except he doesn't stop. That's the story one California woman has to tell today. A Manteca, CA woman who asked not to be...Read More»

Tiny Darth Vader uses the force on a 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Video: VW Gears Up For Super Bowl XLV With Tiny Vader, Beetle Stampede

The season is upon us: giant rental flat-screen TVs, cheap beer, and every snack under the sun. The Super Bowl is coming. And so are its ads. We won't spoil the fun for you, but the first of the two ads below features a Darth Vader so small, Rick Moranis must feel like Andre the Giant. It's also so...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan Back for 2011

Defying some predictions from the rumor mill, the Volkswagen Routan minivan is coming back for the 2011 model year. Since it shares running gear with the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2011 Routan gets similar updates, starting with the upgraded powertrain. This year, the...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
Ford Recall Covers 2011 Edge, F-150 and MKX

Some versions of the 2011 Ford F-150, Lincoln MKX and Ford Edge are being recalled for a problem with body control modules. Those modules keep check on systems from oil pressure to air conditioning, and in this case, a common module is shared between the front- or all-wheel-drive crossovers and the...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
2007-2008 Honda Fit in Recall

Some early versions of the Honda Fit sold in the U.S. are being recalled for a headlight problem. The Japanese carmaker says its 2007-2008 Fit is involved in the service action. At least 143,038 Fit hatchbacks are included. Honda says the wiring harness is routed improperly in the Fit. Because of...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: First Drive

If you've been shopping for a new family minivan this year, you're probably confused--and you're forgiven. With changes to every minivan offered in the U.S. this year, shoppers are faced with completely new versions of the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey, the highest-rated minivans at...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Recalls 2011 Santa Fe For Brake Issue

Brake issues can be a major hazard in any car, but they're worse when they're completely unexpected, as they should be with a brand-new vehicle. Unfortunately for Hyundai--and 2011 Santa Fe owners--a manufacturing defect has caused exactly that. It's not a surprise, however, as the 2011 Kia...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
2011 Nissan Quest: Do You Really Need Fold-Away Seats?

It's a year of change in the auto industry--as usual--but in the minivan market, it's as radical as it gets. Every minivan offered to American family car shoppers is new or revamped this year: the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey are striking in their reinventions, the Chrysler minivans...Read More»

2009 Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius in Big New Service Action--But It's Not A Recall

In the latest recall to affect its Prius hybrid hatchback, Toyota says it will fix nearly 400,000 cars to correct a cooling-pump flaw. The Wall Street Journal reports Toyota will repair some 650,000 Prius hybrids worldwide, including 390,000 in the U.S. The vehicles could overheat as a result of...Read More»

2006 Honda CR-V EX SE
Recall Roundup: Kia Optima, Honda CR-V Investigated

Two popular family vehicles are being investigated for potential defects that could lead to safety recalls. The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is studying whether transmissions in the 2007 Kia Optima, and the electrical systems in the 2006 Honda...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
2011 Chrysler Town & Country: First Drive

The usual flurry of new vehicles that comes each year is a confirmed blizzard at Chrysler. Everything's changing, mostly for the better. And though the most dramatic upheavals are taking place inside and outside the 2011 Dodge Charger and Durango, and the 2011 Chrysler 300 and 200 (nee Sebring)...Read More»

2011 Kia Sedona
2011 Kia Sedona: First Look

Minivans are big news for the 2011 model year, with every family wagon offered for sale in America undergoing a transformation. While the Sienna, Odyssey and Chrysler's minivans get more comprehensive renovations, the 2011 Kia Sedona hasn't been left out of the sprucing-up party. The Sedona brings...Read More»

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