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Congress Considers Mandating Rear Seat Child Alerts

U.S. lawmakers are considering legislation that would require automakers to install technology on all new vehicles that would alert drivers to check for children before exiting a vehicle. If passed, the bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to write new rules within two years mandating the introduction of “a distinct auditory and […] The post Congress Considers Mandating Rear Seat Child Alerts appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News Blog, Safety, Automotive Safety, Child Safety, Congress, Law and Order, Laws, Rear Seat Reminder, Safety Technologies


Lyft’s new safety features include an in-app 911 panic button

In an effort to improve the safety of its ridesharing service, Lyft is rolling out several new safety measures that include an in-app panic button so riders can quickly and easily make an emergency call. The post Lyft’s new safety features include an in-app 911 panic button appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Lyft, Uber, News, Safety, Cars, Trends, Ridesharing, Ridesharing Safety


The Ultra-Safe, Semi-Autonomous Concept: Mercedes-Benz 2019 ESF

Insight into what designers and engineers are doing to make driving safer While the entire automotive industry shifts its attention toward autonomy and electrification, it’s important to remember that the keystone to a successful automotive brand is the safety of its vehicles—whether they be higher-capability autonomous rides or fully-electric hypercars. To remind consumers and industry members that the safety of the passengers precedes all else, Mercedes-Benz …
Tags: Auto, Design, Safety, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Driving, Autonomous Vehicles, Mercedes Benz, ESV, ESF, Experimental Safety Vehicle, Mercedes-Benz 2019 ESF


Consumer Reports: What Are Uber, Lyft Are Doing About Recalls?

As ride-hailing services utilize the personal vehicles of contractors, rather than a commercial fleet of their own, repairs and recalls have to be handled by individual drivers. While it shouldn’t be a revelation that some recalls fall through the cracks, Consumer Reports is concerned that the ratio of unaddressed safety issues are unbecoming of companies pushing multibillion-dollar […] The post Consumer Reports: What Are Uber, Lyft Are Doing About Recalls? appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Repairs, Safety, Recalls, Studies, Autos, Auto Recalls, Consumer Reports, Consumer Advocacy, Reports, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Automotive Safety, Studies & Reports, Ride Apps


Seat belts will be required in Chevrolet’s new Teen Driver Mode

Seat belts are a simple technology, yet teens are terrible at wearing them. To curb this tendency, Chevy has announced a new safety feature for its Teen Driver Mode that prevents the car from leaving Park if seat belts are not engaged. The post Seat belts will be required in Chevrolet’s new Teen Driver Mode appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Safety, Cars, Trends, Teen, Chevy, Chevrolet, Seat Belt, Cheverolet


Lyft adds more safety features including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate

Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride. Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find and identify their ride, alert emergency services if they believe they are in danger, and communicate ride issues back to Lyft support and drivers. It’s also introdu...
Tags: Lyft, Safety, Tech, Automotive, Ride Hailing, Ride-sharing, Today Lyft, Uber Lyft, Safety Center


Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About

Sudden stalls. Tailgates that open on their own. These issues formed the basis of two Fiat Chrysler recalls in 2018, and, one year later, history is repeating itself. On Friday, the automaker called back roughly 600,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans and Ram pickups for the same ghost-in-the-machine phenomena that led to the earlier recalls. Included in […] The post Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ram, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Trucks, Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500


Volvo’s new app walks you through what to do after an accident

Volvo's Accident Advisor sends information on what to do after an accident directly to a driver's smartphone. Drivers can also use it to notify their insurance companies and find a repair shop. The post Volvo’s new app walks you through what to do after an accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apps, News, Safety, Cars, Trends, Volvo


UK Cops Look to Crack Down on Distracted Drive-Thru Payments, Among Other Things

As part of its push to eliminate the scourge of distracted driving, the UK has given the country’s notoriously rigid police force a new tool to help eliminate road deaths: the ability to levy $256 fines and six penalty points to motorists paying via Apple Pay at the drive-thru. Thanks to new laws that went […] The post UK Cops Look to Crack Down on Distracted Drive-Thru Payments, Among Other Things appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apple, UK, Laws, Safety, Police, Government, Cell Phones, Distracted Driving, Autos, News Blog


NTSB: Autopilot Engaged at Time of Fatal Florida Tesla Crash

A fatal March collision between a Tesla and a semi trailer that bore a strong resemblance to a crash in the same state three year earlier was more similar than initially thought. Following the March 1st collision between a Tesla Model 3 and a semi on US 441 in Delray Beach, Florida, in which the […] The post NTSB: Autopilot Engaged at Time of Fatal Florida Tesla Crash appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, US, Tesla, Crash, Autos, Investigation, Collision, Tesla Model 3, Model 3, Autopilot, Ntsb, Delray Beach Florida, News Blog, Time of Fatal Florida Tesla, Time of Fatal Florida Tesla Crash


Feeling the Burn: Tesla Issues Software Update Following Rash of Fires

The spontaneous combustion of several Tesla vehicles in recent weeks has forced the automaker into action, issuing over-the-air updates in an attempt to snuff out the problem… and smother another round of bad PR. To its credit, Tesla seems to be taking the matter seriously. The update covers the company’s Model S and X vehicles, […] The post Feeling the Burn: Tesla Issues Software Update Following Rash of Fires appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Tesla, Software, Electric Vehicles, Fires, Autos, EVs, News Blog, Thermal Management


Nissan’s ProPilot Aims to Get Your Hands Off the Wheel, but Only Just

Will online videos soon emerge showing Nissan drivers taking naps or hopping into the backseat while underway? Maybe, but Nissan hasn’t been as cavalier as Tesla in playing up the abilities of its driver-assist technology. Now that an upgraded system that’s on par with General Motors’ Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot is on the way, […] The post Nissan’s ProPilot Aims to Get Your Hands Off the Wheel, but Only Just appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Tesla, Autos, Nissan, News Blog, ProPilot, Driver-assist Technologies, ProPilot 2.0, General Motors Super Cruise


Ford Again Shifts Into Recall Mode, Citing Rollaway Risk

Recalls to prevent cars from rolling away from their owners have become commonplace, and Ford is no stranger to the phenomenon. Last year, the automaker recalled 550,000 Fusions and Escapes to replace vulnerable automatic transmission shift cables that could leave the car in the wrong gear, regardless of where the driver positions the shift lever. […] The post Ford Again Shifts Into Recall Mode, Citing Rollaway Risk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ford, Autos, Ford Fusion, Ford Ranger, News Blog, Rollaways


Even the Smallest Amount of Rain Sends Crashes Soaring, Study Finds

It may not be a bombshell report that leaves mouths agape, but it reinforces an age-old bit of driving wisdom: when it starts to rain, slow down and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front. A new study reveals just how much precipitation plays a role in increasinging the likelihood of […] The post Even the Smallest Amount of Rain Sends Crashes Soaring, Study Finds appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Weather, Safety, Accidents, Autos, Road Safety, Crashes, New Cars, Stopping Distances


Watch this quick-acting bus driver save a student from "almost-certain tragedy"

Hurrah for Norwich, New York schoolbus driver Samantha Call and her astonishing reflexes! From Norwich City School District/Facebook: This is exactly why you should NEVER pass a school bus when the stop arm is out and the red lights are flashing! ..."Samantha did an outstanding job," NCSD Transportation Supervisor William Loomis said. "All of our drivers undergo continuous training so they're prepared to handle situations like this. We hope this video helps everyone to realize the dangers o...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Safety, Cars, Traffic, Buses, Samantha, Norwich New York, Bus Drivers, Reflexes, Samantha Call, Norwich City School District Facebook, William Loomis


QOTD: Feeling Unsafe?

No shortage of once-innocuous locales and situations qualify as “unsafe” these days. If that bad chicken restaurant comes too close to a college campus (or Toronto), expect to see protesters demanding its removal, simply so people (ie – the protesters) can feel safe. We’ve never been less safe in society, it seems, despite existential threats […] The post QOTD: Feeling Unsafe? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Toronto, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Unsafe, Question of the Day, Unsafe Cars


Insurance Companies Are Keeping Tabs on How Often You Use Your Phone Behind the Wheel

With mobile phones now a ubiquitous part of modern-day life, distracted driving has ballooned into a legitimate public safety problem. Alarming studies continue to pour in, with many claiming that driver cell phone use is likely underreported by authorities in crash reports. It’s hard to quantify, especially since nobody wants to admit that their moment […] The post Insurance Companies Are Keeping Tabs on How Often You Use Your Phone Behind the Wheel appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Privacy, Safety, Insurance, Data, Distracted Driving, Autos, Auto Insurance, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Texting While Driving, Driving Data, Cell Phone Use, Traffic Data


IIHS to Automakers: Stop Tapping the Brakes on Rear-seat Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, currently on a never-ending quest to improve automotive safety and provide underwriters with data, suggested on Thursday that rear-seat passengers are getting the short end of the stick. The announcement comes shortly after the State of Washington announced a new law that would update its Child Passenger Restraint Law, requiring […] The post IIHS to Automakers: Stop Tapping the Brakes on Rear-seat Safety appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Washington, Insurance, Research, Studies, Autos, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, News Blog, Restraints, Automotive Safety, Seat Belts, Rear-seat Occupants


Short Washington Kids Face Increased Safety, Embarrassment Under New Law

If memory serves correctly, your author was approaching a height of 5’4″ as he neared his 12th birthday. Still, even before that early growth spurt, transportation to and from various locales meant fastening a lap belt in the back seat of my dad’s Ford Fairmont, assuming no one had called shotgun. It was a simpler […] The post Short Washington Kids Face Increased Safety, Embarrassment Under New Law appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Washington, Autos, Law And Order, News Blog, Child Restraints, Ford Fairmont, SeatBelt Laws


Federal Probe Covers 12.3 Million Vehicles; Airbags May Not Deploy in a Crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into a slew of late-model vehicles equipped with airbags that may not protect occupants in the event of a crash. The vehicles, built by American, Japanese, and Korean automakers, were all manufactured between 2010 and 2019. According to the NHTSA, the faulty airbags may be […] The post Federal Probe Covers 12.3 Million Vehicles; Airbags May Not Deploy in a Crash appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Airbags, Investigations, Autos, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Federal Investigations


A Brief History of The High-Tech Safety Features In Your Car

Advanced driver assistance systems are among the biggest selling points for vehicles today. Some safety features we likely take for granted, like seat belts and anti-lock braking systems.  Here is a look at the most common high-tech safety features on the market and how they work. Over the last few decades, the technology available in our cars has advanced by leaps and bounds. While Bluetooth phone call capabilities; and the seamless integration with mobile devices to allow for music streaming...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Safety, California, Autos, Toyota, Bmw, Honda, North America, Mitsubishi, Richard, Car Tech, Volvo, AAA, Blind, Bosch


Unhappy Journey: Fiat Chrysler Recalls a Slew of Dodge Darts for Potential Rollaway Issue

The Dodge Dart rolled unceremoniously out of the Fiat Chrysler stable after the 2016 model year, but the automaker now worries it may roll out of owners’ driveways. Fiat Chrysler is recalling 298,439 Darts in the United States, 20,117 in Canada, and 3,400 in Mexico to fix a shift cable that can detach from the transmission, […] The post Unhappy Journey: Fiat Chrysler Recalls a Slew of Dodge Darts for Potential Rollaway Issue appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Dart, Mexico, Canada, United States, Recalls, Fca, Autos, Dodge, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge Dart, Dodge Darts, News Blog


Volvo’s More Inclusive Safety Developments

The brand's crash-test dummies and new tech continue to make it a pioneer in safety Since Volvo introduced the three-point seatbelt in 1959—which they then shared industry-wide—safety has been core to the brand. Over time, Volvo has pioneered more and more technology, and today cars from Mercedes, Ford, Audi and others have myriad safety systems. There’s ABS that pulses the brakes rather than allows them …
Tags: Auto, Design, Safety, Interviews, Cars, Automotive, Driving, Volvo, Safety Tests, Mercedes Ford Audi


NHTSA Probing Nissan Rogues That Brake for No Reason

Nissan added automatic emergency braking as standard equipment on eight popular models for the 2018 model year, looking to get a jump on the pact forged in 2016 that calls for mandatory AEB on all cars and light trucks by 2020. That pact, covering 20 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance […] The post NHTSA Probing Nissan Rogues That Brake for No Reason appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Autos, Nissan, Investigation, Nhtsa, Nissan Rogue, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Rogue, AEB, News Blog, Automatic Emergency Braking


NHTSA Opens Probe Into 3 Million Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Over Fires; Veloster Recalled Over Stalling Issue

This isn’t an April Fools joke, sadly, for Hyundai and Kia Motors. After years of investigations and the recall of over 2.3 million models, Hyundai’s engine controversy has sparked a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Agency probe into nearly 3 million vehicles. Immediately preceding the weekend, Hyundai recalled 16,487 Velosters to mend a software glitch that […] The post NHTSA Opens Probe Into 3 Million Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Over Fires; Veloster Recalled Over Stalling Issue appe...
Tags: Safety, Government, Recalls, Autos, Investigation, Hyundai, Kia, Nhtsa, Kia Motors, News Blog


Trailer towing: How truck companies are making it easier

Cars and SUVs have all kinds of active safety features. Trucks do too, and increasingly, automakers are tweaking them so they'll help out when you've got a trailer hooked to the back. Find out what they are and how they help in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca.) [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Safety, Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


Europe Moves Closer to Mandatory Everything, Including Speed Limiters

A month after a European Parliament committee approved a host of measures designed to reduce roadway fatalities, the European Commission has signed off on the plan. New vehicles sold in Europe starting in 2022 stand to be more connected and nanny-like than ever, with speed limiters being just one of the mandatory safety features. Other […] The post Europe Moves Closer to Mandatory Everything, Including Speed Limiters appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Safety, Government, Eu, European Commission, Autos, European Parliament, News Blog, Speed Limiters, Mandatory Everything Including Speed Limiters


Crash Test Dummies: Ford Tops IIHS Tests, Everyone’s Headlights Suck

There are wars being waged on all fronts in the half-ton pickup truck market, from towing prowess to outright power ratings. Not ones to pass up an opportunity to bash their competitors over the head with a truck-shaped chair, manufacturers seem to take every opportunity to harangue their opponents – especially when empirical data puts […] The post Crash Test Dummies: Ford Tops IIHS Tests, Everyone’s Headlights Suck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Ford, Autos, Trucks, IIHS, News Blog, Ford F-150, Crash Testing, Small Overlap Crash Test, Crast Tests


Here’s Looking at You, Kid: Volvo to Deploy In-car Cameras to Monitor Your Behavior

Volvo has burdened itself with the unrealistic duty of ending fatalities in its cars. While an admirable goal, eliminating roadway mishaps in their entirety is an exceptionally tall order. We’ve often wondered how the company intends to progress toward its zero-death target. The automaker has already said it intends to reduce speeding by limiting the […] The post Here’s Looking at You, Kid: Volvo to Deploy In-car Cameras to Monitor Your Behavior appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Editorials, Autos, Volvo, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Speed Limiting, Driving Aids, Advanced Driving Aids, Advanced Safety Systems, In-car Cameras


Volvo wants to use speed limiters, in-car cameras, and data to reduce crashes

Volvo believes new tech is the best way to improve car safety. The Swedish automaker will let owners set speed limits when loaning out their cars, install cameras to monitor drivers, and use data to design better safety features. The post Volvo wants to use speed limiters, in-car cameras, and data to reduce crashes appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Safety, Cars, Trends, Data, Volvo



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