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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published December 4, 2019
[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
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Don’t Transport Your Christmas Tree Home Without Reading These Tips
   Published December 4, 2019
It’s December and Christmas tree lots are now popping up on street corners across America. Before you pick out your tree and head home with it, make sure you have the proper tools necessary get it home safely. A new study reports that many drivers aren’t transporting their trees correctly which could lead to vehicle damage or even worse, lead to it falling off your vehicle on the way home causing a safety hazard to other motorists.  Read More
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Don’t Let A Christmas Party Turn Into A Tragedy
   Published December 4, 2019
The holiday season is kicking into full swing and that means law enforcement around the nation are gearing up for the 2019 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It’s an effort to keep the roads safe during the holiday season, which is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This year’s campaign runs December 13 - January 1, 2020.

Sobering StatisticsAccording to  Read More
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Four Groups Agree To Safety Tech Terms
   Published November 25, 2019
Four organizations – AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council – are joining forces want to make driver assist technology terms less confusing for drivers. They’ve adopt standardized naming for advanced driver assistance technology in an effort to reduce confusion. To help educate consumers on the benefits, limitations and proper use of these technologies, the four organizations are calling on all safety organizations, automakers and journalists covering the  Read More
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Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published November 20, 2019
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.

Parking  Read More
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Special Report: Vehicle History Reports
   Published November 13, 2019
If you listen to the Car Pro Show, without fail when I get a caller looking at used vehicles, the last thing I say is “make sure it has a clean history report.”

The same advice goes to you: If you are in the market for a used vehicle, you want as much information as possible to learn about a vehicle’s past life. Has it been in a wreck? Has it been in a flood? Is the odometer accurate? Is the title clean? These are all questions every buyer should want to know if considering a pre-owned vehicle.

You’ve seen the ads for that cute little car fox that is the mascot for the most popular vehicle history report in America, CarFax. So, the question is, how accurate is the report? The truth is, it is a mixed bag. Information on a vehicle history report is only as good as the information received.
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Car Pro Advice: The Dangers Of Nighttime Driving
   Published November 6, 2019
Nighttime driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you do on a regular basis. Consider this: almost 50 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road fatalities occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day.

That is an ominous statistic to say the least. However, there is really no reason that night driving has to be unsafe. Here are some helpful tips to keep your  Read More
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10 Tips on How to Avoid Flood Damaged Vehicles
   Published October 2, 2019
Although last week’s Barry was only a hurricane for a short period of time, it brought a ton of rain and flooding in a lot of states. The large amounts of rain caused flash flooding, destruction, and countless numbers of flooded cars. From previous floods and hurricanes, we know that these cars will resurface all over the country in the months and years ahead.  Read More
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published August 26, 2019
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

These seats  Read More
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Reminder: Kids & Pets Left Hot Cars Are Deadly
   Published June 21, 2019
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated following its original post date.

I update this story every year in hopes that it may get into the hands of parents who leave small children or pets in the car and prevent another child or pet from suffering a horrible, slow, agonizing death.

Car Heat Stroke StatisticsAbsorb the numbers below. Each case ended with the death of a child and the planning of a funeral:
Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2017: 42Child vehicular heatstroke deaths  Read More
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CAUTION: Children Are Out Of School For Summer Break
   Published June 5, 2019
School systems are out for summer break, which means lots of sunshine and an increase in children on the roads, especially in neighborhoods and parks.

The American Automobile Association says everyone “should expect more foot and bike traffic in neighborhoods and residential areas as school-aged children look to take advantage of the warm weather, longer daylight hours, and not having to prepare for school the following morning.”

Summer Driving TipsHere are some tips to consider year  Read More
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55 Percent Of Drivers Admit to Checking Social Media Behind the Wheel, Study Finds
   Published April 10, 2019
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, a time to highlight the very real dangers of driving distracted on our nation’s roads.

The first thing we all tend to think of when we think of distracted driving is texting or talking on a cellphone, but it can also mean looking for a radio station or engaging in various systems of your car’s infotainment system or things like putting on makeup, eating, or talking with other people in the car.

All of the above can distract a driver from his  Read More
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Toyota Prius, Prius Prime Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards
   Published April 3, 2019
The 2019 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime are the latest vehicles to quality for Top Safety Pick award recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both do so with standard equipment.

“Top Safety Pick” QualificationsUnder IIHS guidelines, to qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the  Read More
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These Small SUVs Earn High Crash Avoidance IIHS Ratings
   Published February 27, 2019
Good news for small SUVs with crash avoidance and detection systems. Most SUVs in the first group recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Institute earned high ratings.

Researchers tested 2018-2019 models and 9 out of 11 earned either superior or advanced rating.

Under the new program, vehicles rate as basic, advanced or superior, based on their ability to avoid or mitigate a crash with pedestrian dummies in three different test track scenarios run at different speeds.   Read More
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Why It's Important To Teach Kids About Cars
   Published January 30, 2019
You teach your kids to be responsible, about the birds and the bees, how to be a responsible adult, but do you teach your kids about the basics of cars? Too often, parents hand their kids a set of car keys and simply say, “be careful”.

There are things your kids need to know about cars to prepare them for the rest of their lives. This is not necessarily a job for dads, either parent can step up and prepare kids for proper maintenance, safety, and care of his or her car. This can save  Read More
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IIHS Names 2019 Top Safety Picks
   Published January 2, 2019
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
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AAA Warns Drivers About The Safety Hazards of Cloudy Headlights
   Published December 13, 2018
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
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IIHS Recommends Best Used Cars for Teens
   Published November 14, 2018
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.

So while it is  Read More
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GM Vehicles That Offer Rear Seat Reminder Feature
   Published October 27, 2018
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.

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What Teens Should Do When Pulled Over By Police
   Published October 25, 2018
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