Safety

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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published August 8, 2019
[Editorís 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. Thatís 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 Find out>
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10 Tips on How to Avoid Flood Damaged Vehicles
   Published July 17, 2019
Although last weekís 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 Find out>
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Reminder: Kids & Pets Left Hot Cars Are Deadly
   Published June 21, 2019
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 Find out>
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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 ďshould 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.Ē

Summer Driving TipsHere are some tips to consider year  Read Find out>
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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 nationís 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 carís 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 Find out>
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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.

ďTop Safety PickĒ 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 Find out>
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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 Find out>
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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, ďbe carefulĒ.

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 Find out>
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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 ďĒ 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 Find out>
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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 headlightís 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 Find out>
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Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely
   Published November 19, 2018
Itís time to start thinking about how to get your Christmas tree home. Thereís more to it than meets the eye to get it done safely and according to AAA, a lot of drivers arenít 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 Find out>
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IIHS Recommends Best Used Cars for Teens
   Published November 14, 2018
The time has come. Find outrrifying than perhaps even the first date. For parents, that is. Itís the moment of getting your teen their first car.

If youíre deciding on whether to go new or used, used cars are ok, but as weíve 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 Find out>
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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 ďfix allĒ for the issue of dumb parents, it will surely help.

The rear seat reminder system doesnít detect objects in the back seat. Rather it monitors the vehicleís rear doors and whether theyíve been opened and closed up to 10 minutes prior to the vehicle being started or when the vehicle is running.

If it detects  Read Find out>
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What Teens Should Do When Pulled Over By Police
   Published October 25, 2018
I got a really nice from a KNX listener who has partnered with the Los Angeles Sheriffís Department to educate teen drivers on what to do when pulled over by the police. Itís 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 Find out>
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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 driverís seat. While your teen driver might know the rules of the road from Driverís Education better than you do, your job as parents isnít over just because he or she got a driverís 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 Find out>
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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 arenít 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 Find out>
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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. Theyíre based on the responses of 58,000 new vehicle owners.

ďIVAís speak to a vehicles layout and design,Ē says AutoPacific president George Peterson. ďGiving owners a chance to tell us what they would change  Read Find out>
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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 Find out>
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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 IIHSís 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 Find out>
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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 Find out>
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