Nearly five dozen 2019 models meet stricter criteria to qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ or TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 30 first-tier “plus” award winners earn the highest rating for passenger-side protection in a small overlap front crash and have good-rated available headlights.27 winners of the second-tier award qualify with an acceptable or higher rating in the newest IIHS crash test and the nighttime headlight evaluation. All 57 Read More
New research from AAA reveals that clouded or yellowed headlights generate only 20 percent of the amount of light that new headlights do, leading to dangerous nighttime driving conditions. This decrease is caused by sunlight damage to protective plastic coatings, resulting in discoloration that considerably diminishes the headlight’s ability to provide adequate light on dark roadways. With 50 percent of crashes occurring at night, AAA urges drivers to check their headlights for signs of Read More
It’s time to start thinking about how to get your Christmas tree home. There’s more to it than meets the eye to get it done safely and according to AAA, a lot of drivers aren’t doing it correctly.
In a 2017 study, AAA researchers reported that an estimated 20 million Americans who bought a real Christmas tree in the three years prior did not properly secure it to their vehicle. Not only can you risk seriously damaging your vehicle, but it can also cause dangerous road debris if it falls off Read More
The time has come. More terrifying than perhaps even the first date. For parents, that is. It’s the moment of getting your teen their first car.
If you’re deciding on whether to go new or used, used cars are ok, but as we’ve said before, the newer the better. The reason being is that safety gets better every model year with new technology and innovation. Plus there are new safety systems around now like Teen Driver, which is offered by General Motors on newer model cars.
General Motors continues to expand the availability of its rear seat reminder technology. I raved about this system when I had it in the 2017 GMC Acadia. While it is not a “fix all” for the issue of dumb parents, it will surely help.
The rear seat reminder system doesn’t detect objects in the back seat. Rather it monitors the vehicle’s rear doors and whether they’ve been opened and closed up to 10 minutes prior to the vehicle being started or when the vehicle is running.
I got a really nice email from a KNX listener who has partnered with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to educate teen drivers on what to do when pulled over by the police. It’s through a program called POP which stands for The Pull Over Protocol:
Jerry, I greatly appreciate your transparency and sharing from your life AND your interest in keeping our teenagers safe.
I am the Chief Education Officer from http://popprotocol.org (which trains teens on what to do at a traffic stop) and we Read More
If you have a teen, you have watched your child move from child-safety seats to the back seat, and finally the driver’s seat. While your teen driver might know the rules of the road from Driver’s Education better than you do, your job as parents isn’t over just because he or she got a driver’s license. In fact, your job is more important now than ever.
Teen Crash StatisticsMotor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18 years old in the United States. Many of those Read More
[Editor’s note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]
Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (in the chart below) shows that as of August 3, 2018, out of roughly 41.9 million air bags, 60% have been replaced with 40% to go. That’s a 2% difference since the June 3 reporting date. In all, the recall includes about 50 million inflators, so not all are included in this count.
[UPDATED September 2018] In September, Honda Read More
As if distracted drivers and people who are drinking and driving aren’t enough of a hazard this time of year, now we have to fear the deer. They just seem to come from nowhere, and as you know, they are extremely fast.
Animal-Related CrashesAlthough virtually none of the lower 48 states are immune, some states are worse than others. West Virginia tops the list of the most deer and car collisions, Montana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa round out the top five.
Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, of which I am usually a fan, is handing out its 2018 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA).
2018 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle AwardsBased solely on owner input, the AutoPacific IVAs measure the fusion between owner expectations and reality. They’re based on the responses of 58,000 new vehicle owners.
“IVA’s speak to a vehicles layout and design,” says AutoPacific president George Peterson. “Giving owners a chance to tell us what they would change Read More
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.
As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.
3 Basic Types Of Child Seats 1.) Rear-facing seats
Thanks to better headlights, the 2018 Hyundai Kona, which we recently reviewed, now earns the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2018 Hyundai KonaKonas built after May of 2018 earn the IIHS’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for occupant protection in a passenger-side small overlap front crash when equipped with newly available good-rated headlights.
The Kona also meets all the other requirements. It earns good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, Read More
Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 50,000 120-volt convenience charge cords that could cause fires when plugged into electric wall outlets. The cords were originally provided with select 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Ford Fusion Energi, and 2013-15 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles. Using the 120-volt convenience charge cord originally provided with the affected vehicles with an AC outlet that is not on a dedicated circuit or is damaged, worn or corroded could cause the outlet to Read More
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V473000 Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE Potential Number of Units Affected 1,645 SummaryBMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW M5 vehicles. The fuel level sensor in the fuel tank may become stuck against an in-tank fuel line, causing the fuel gauge to display an inaccurate and possibly larger amount of fuel than is actually available. RemedyBMW will notify owners, and dealers will secure the Read More
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V496000 Manufacturer Hyundai Motor America Components AIR BAGS Potential Number of Units Affected 3,305 SummaryHyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2018 Genesis G80 vehicles. The Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly detect that an adult is in the passenger seat, even if the seat is unoccupied. In the event of a crash, if a child or infant is in the seat, the front passenger air bag may deploy instead of being Read More
We talked about this one on the air last week: Ram is recalling 1.1 million pickups in the U.S. because their tailgates may fly open while the trucks are in motion. The safety campaign affects 2015 to 2017 model year Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks equipped with power locks. Trucks with manual locks or 8-foot beds are excluded. The danger posed is that cargo could potentially fall out of the back and strike other vehicles, although there have been no reports of any accidents related to Read More
Summary Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2007-2008 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa hatchback vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Read More
A reminder now about drowsy driving involving younger people. If you have young drivers in your family, warn them of the dangers! Here are some statistics and tips for teen drivers and their parents from the National Transportation Safety Board:
The problem:According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver, and drivers aged 16 to 24 are at the greatest risk for being involved in a drowsy driving crash.Between 2010 and 2015, Read More
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V464000 Manufacturer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Components STEERING, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Potential Number of Units Affected 33,168 Summary Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in “Park.” As such, these vehicles fail Read More
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V432000 Manufacturer Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE Potential Number of Units Affected 114,998 Summary Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2007-2011 Lexus GS350 and GS450h, 2006-2013 Lexus IS350 and 2010-2014 Lexus IS350C vehicles, equipped with 3.5L V6 2GR-FSE gasoline engines. The diaphragms in the fuel pulsation dampers may harden over time and develop cracks, possibly Read More