[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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