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Reminder: Kids & Pets Left In Hot Cars Are Deadly
   Published June 14, 2021
Editorís 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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Guide to NHTSA and IIHS Crash Test Safety Ratings
   Published June 9, 2021
If youíre researching new cars, safety ratings and crash tests are likely to factor into your decision making. When you start out your search, there are two well-known sources of crash test ratings: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The both provide valuable information but their testing and scoring methods are different.
NHTSA 5-Star Rating System (New Car Assessment Program)
NHTSA dates back to 1966. Thatís the year President  Read More
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Groups Lobby For Red Light & Speeding Cameras
   Published May 13, 2021
If you arenít a fan of red light and speed cameras you wouldnít be alone. Theyíve been the subject of controversy in communities to the degree that some have stopped using them. For example, Texas banned red light cameras in 2019. On the other hand, California is currently exploring the use of speed cameras and if passed, a bill introduced in March could legalize them. (However, a previous attempt to get speed cameras in San Jose and San Francisco was defeated in  Read More
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Keeping Your Pets Safe On Road Trips
   Published May 6, 2021
Itís National Pet Month in May, a great time to brush up on safety precautions while driving with your four-legged friends.

A recent national survey by Erie Insurance found that more than half of its respondents plan to take at least one road trip this year and 4% plan on traveling with pets. Additionally, 5% of respondents who are distracted by other passengers when driving said their dog distracts them the most.

Your petís safety depends on  Read More
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Every Volvo In The Lineup Achieves IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating
   Published April 28, 2021
Volvo, already well-known for its safety and driverís assistance features, can now add a distinction to its lineup. The automaker says every vehicle in its lineup has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The latest awardee is Volvoís newest vehicle, the all-electric 2021 XC40 Recharge. Volvo also says itís the first fully electric small SUV to earn the IIHSAís highest safety award.  Read More
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Wrong Way Crashes On The Rise Significantly
   Published March 31, 2021
Deadly wrong-way driving crashes are on the rise in the U.S. according to a new study from the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety. In its latest data analysis, there were 2,008 deaths from wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018, an average of approximately 500 deaths a year. That is up 34% from the 375 deaths annually from 2010 to 2014. Researchers found that the odds of being a wrong-way driver increased with alcohol-impairment, older age, and  Read More
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Genesis GV80 Earns Top Safety Award
   Published March 24, 2021
If you hadnít seen the new Genesis GV80 SUV before, I am sure you saw it from all the news coverage of Tiger Woodsí serious accident.

Genesisí first-ever SUV remains in the spotlight, after recently earning a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To receive the award, the GV80 had to meet a number of criteria. It earned good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests ó driver- and passenger-side small overlap  Read More
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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published March 12, 2021
[Editorís note: Last updated on January 6, 2021, using data provided on the NHTSA website.]

Weíre now into 2021, six years after the federal government called for a nationwide Takata airbag recall in 2014. Itís the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and one thatís expanded more than once to now include some 63 million inflators in the U.S. As of December 2020, nearly 40 million airbags from 12 Priority groups identified by NHTSA have been repaired. You can check out the progress in the graph below.

The recalled Takata airbags can explode if deployed due to chemical degradation and are blamed for 17 deaths and more than 200 injuries here in the U.S. A separate group of defective Takata airbags was also recalled in late 2019 and is separate from the much larger recall.
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Vehicle Fatalities Increased In 2020 Despite The Pandemic
   Published March 10, 2021
You might think fewer motorists on the road in 2020 due to the pandemic would lead to fewer traffic deaths. But thatís not the case according to a new report from the National Safety Council which finds the opposite true and that traffic deaths were in fact up. In fact, the year to year jump in traffic deaths between 2019 and 2020 was the highest in the NSCís 96 years of reporting data.

Highest Jump in Traffic Deaths in 96 Years

For the first time since 2007, NSC says its preliminary data shows that as many as 42,060 people are estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That is an 8% increase over 2019 in a year where people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic. The preliminary estimated rate of death on the roads last year spiked 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%.   Read More
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NHTSA Consumer Alert: Kia Sportage & Cadenza Recall for Fire Risk
   Published March 10, 2021
NHTSA Consumer Alert: Important Kia Sportage & Cadenza Recall for Fire Risk

Owners of select Model Year 2017-2021 Kia Sportage and Cadenza vehicles should park their cars outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire.

Kia Motors America issued a safety recall (NHTSA ID 21V-137) on Tuesday for 379,931 select  Read More
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IIHS Announces 2021 Top Safety Picks
   Published March 3, 2021
Good news when it comes to vehicle safety -- judging from the IIHSís 2021 list of Top Safety Picks. The list of vehicles earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyís top two awards is longer this year -- up from 64 models in 2020 to 90 vehicles this year.

Forty-nine 2021 models are being recognized with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, the highest ranking - more than double the number last year. An additional 41 vehicles earn the second  Read More
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Texans: After The Snow, Fear The Pothole
   Published February 24, 2021
If you are in Texas, you got snow last week and likely a lot of it. From the southern tip of the state, to the Panhandle, the entire state was blanketed. We ran this article about a month ago, but after the snow and ice event, I felt it might be helpful to run it again. Trust me, there will be a massive amount of potholes all over the State of Texas. The city of Mesquite in North Texas is already asking for residents to report them in wake of  Read More
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Why Women Are More Likely To Be Seriously Injured In Car Crashes
   Published February 17, 2021
A new, interesting study is out regarding car accidents. It gathers data on whether men or women are more likely to suffer a serious injury when involved in a crash. According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, women are at higher risk of injury. Researchers say the reasons are two-fold: 1) the types of vehicles women drive and 2) the circumstances of their crashes, rather than physical differences.

ďOur study shows that todayís crash testing  Read More
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2021 Nissan Titan Loses Ground In IIHS Crash Test
   Published February 10, 2021
New crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are out for the 2021 Nissan TITAN and the IIHS says the pickupís crew cab and extended cab variants earn lower ratings than its predecessor in the passenger-side small overlap test, following changes to the TITANs structure.

Passenger-Side Test Rating Falls
The IIHS says the 2019 TITAN crew cab earned a good rating in all six of its crashworthiness evaluations. But the 2021 model earns an acceptable  Read More
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What To Do If Youíre Involved In a Car Accident
   Published February 8, 2021
Odds are, you remember the first fender bender you ever had. No matter how minor, it stays with you and can even be traumatic. If you are in an accident without serious injury, thank your lucky stars, but also you need to know what to do and what not to do. Here are some tips that might help you should it happen.

Stay CalmFirst, stay calm and stay safe. Then call 9-1-1. It will vary depending on where you are, but make the call and get instructions on what to do. What they tell you may  Read More
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Identity Theft Awareness Week Is Here
   Published February 3, 2021
Consumer issues are always top of mind here at CarProUSA so we want to bring your attention to Identity Theft Awareness Week, going on now. Itís a week that takes on an even larger meaning during Covid, a time thatís brought a higher risk of identity theft.

Reports of ID theft doubled in 2020 over 2019 according to the Federal Trade Commission. Some of that has to do with stimulus checks. The FTC says repeatedly, identity thieves targeted  Read More
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Another Pandemic: Teen-Driver Speeding
   Published February 3, 2021
Speeding plays a significant role in teen driver deaths according to a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund. The report both looks at the role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities and also offers ways parents can help their  Read More
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AAA Study On Raising Speed Limits: Is It Worth The Risk?
   Published February 3, 2021
The American Automobile Association is warning policymakers about the dangers of raising speed limits to help with traffic flow, saying even modest speed increases can have a huge impact on the likelihood and severity of injuries in a crash.

The AAA points to new crash tests conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Humanetics that show small speed increases can have huge effects on crash outcomes. The  Read More
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Tires Are The Most Important Safety Feature On Your Car
   Published January 21, 2021
When you think of all the safety equipment on cars these days, people quickly think of airbags, emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, etc. The truth is, in my opinion, your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. It is often the most ignored as well. Today, I bring you some tips on how to keep your tires in good condition. After all, tires are all that separates you from the road.

Keep An Eye On Tire Pressures
This is one of the most critical  Read More
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Junkyard Cars and Identity Theft Dangers
   Published January 20, 2021
When we talk about identity theft and vehicles, your thoughts may first go having personal info stolen out of your car if itís left on the street overnight, or even in your driveway. But thereís another way thieves can get their hand on your info, and thatís in the junkyard. No one likes to think about their car ending up there, but I think this past year has taught us you can never know what the future brings.

So in case that happens to you --  Read More