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Safety advocates are urging Congress and regulators to force carmakers to install warning systems that would prevent distracted parents from leaving children in cars, preventing heatstroke deaths.

At least 41 children have died already this year in hot cars, more than any previous year at this point. August was the deadliest month on record, according to the advocacy group Kids and Cars.

Although much of the U.S. had record temperatures Read the rest of this entry »

A new bill has passed the Oklahoma House that could result in fewer cars on the road. The bill permits any vehicle to be towed away immediately if it appears as uninsured with the new instant auto insurance verification system. In response to voters? requests state Representative, Steve Martin, passed the bill in an attempt to take uninsured motorists off the road.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has put instant auto insurance Read the rest of this entry »

The Toyota Motor Corp. recall uproar is spurring a reevaluation of the way new automotive technology should be designed?and how much consumers should know about how it works.

Features such as electronic throttle controls, computer-controlled braking, push-button “keyless” ignition systems, new transmission designs and gas-electric hybrids present challenges to drivers who are accustomed to the well-known conventions that guided the designs Read the rest of this entry »

WASHINGTON?Two congressmen have asked leading automobile insurers to disclose any information they might have provided to federal regulators regarding problems with vehicles manufactured by Toyota Motor Corp.

In letters sent Tuesday to top executives of five auto insurers, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and the chairman of the panel?s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Rep. Bart Stupak, Read the rest of this entry »

Parents beware: Giving in to teens’ demands for their own cars can have dangerous consequences, new research suggests.

Teenagers with their own cars or free use of one are much more likely to get in crashes than those who share a car. And crashes are much less common among teens whose parents set clear driving safety rules.

The findings are in two studies by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and funded by State Farm Read the rest of this entry »

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said its tests of roof strength among micro and minicars rated the Smart Fortwo strongest and the Chevrolet Aveo weakest.

A Fortwo scored ?good? in the IIHS test, while the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini Cooper, and Toyota Yaris scored ?acceptable?. The Aveo was rated ?marginal?.

In order to rate ?good,? vehicles must have roofs that are more than twice as strong as the Read the rest of this entry »

A study of car safety released on Wednesday shows that four of the top-scoring automobiles in tests of five new models were small cars or so-called super-minis — including the Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008.

The study, conducted by Euro N.C.A.P., a group that campaigns for automobile safety, was backed by European governments and motoring and consumer organizations. The results, the study’s authors said, show that Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama’s push to force Americans into smaller cars ignores one big problem — small cars are less safe than big cars. Ignoring this fact will cost lives.

Mr. Obama announced new miles-per-gallon regulations on May 19 that mandate that automobiles achieve 42 mpg by 2016. During last year’s presidential campaign, Mr. Obama’s Web site boasted that his positions on fuel economy were “science-based.” Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Read the rest of this entry »

The Obama administration’s sweeping fuel-economy and emissions initiative announced Tuesday reopens a fierce debate over tradeoffs between fuel economy and auto safety.
The government says no tradeoff exists, because nothing in the new rules would force automakers to sell more small cars, which are more dangerous in crashes than larger ones. But some safety experts think otherwise.

“The deadlines are so tight that downsizing will be Read the rest of this entry »

Many parents would love to be able to give their teenagers a cell phone that couldn’t be used while driving. Now some inventors say they have come up with ways to make that possible, but they appear to be relying on wishful thinking.

One product to hit the market, $10-a-month software by Dallas-based WQN Inc., can disable a cell phone while its owner is driving. It uses GPS technology, which can tell how fast a person is traveling. But Read the rest of this entry »