Safety

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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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Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely
   Published November 19, 2018
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
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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.

If it detects  Read More
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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
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National Teen Driver Safety Week Runs Oct. 21-27, 2018
   Published October 10, 2018
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
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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published October 4, 2018
[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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6 Tips for Safe Driving During Deer Season
   Published October 3, 2018
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.

Although a deer can jump  Read More
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AutoPacific Hands Out 2018 Ideal Vehicle Awards
   Published September 5, 2018
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
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published August 28, 2018
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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Certain 2018 Hyundai Konas Now Earn Highest IIHS Safety Award
   Published August 27, 2018
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
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Ford Recalls 50,000 Hybrid, EV Power Cords Due to Fire Risk
   Published August 23, 2018
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
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2018 BMW M5 Recall: Fuel Gauge May Read Higher Than Actual Level
   Published August 23, 2018
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
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2018 Genesis G80 Recall: Passenger Air Bag Could Deploy With Child in Seat
   Published August 16, 2018
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
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1.1 Million 2015-2017 Ram Pickups Recalled To Fix Power Tailgate
   Published August 9, 2018
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
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Takata Recall: 2007-2008 Nissan Versa Sedan, Hatchback
   Published August 9, 2018
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
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Warn Your Teen Driver About The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving
   Published August 2, 2018
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