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Categories: Safety

10 Ways To Foil Car Thieves

On: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:45AM | By: Bill Wilson


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While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:

• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.

• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.

• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.

• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.


Five New Safety Features Your Car Will Have By 2020

On: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:55AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Imagine the following: you’ve been on the road since 6 a.m., and it’s now well past sunset. You’ve got three more hours to go before you’re home and the last thing you want to do is stop. So you drain the cup at your side of its last lukewarm drops of coffee and turn the radio up a little louder. You think you’re wide awake, but actually your eyelids are drooping. A moment later they shut… “ALERT! ALERT! DRIVER FALLING ASLEEP!”


Backup Camera Federal Ruling Pushed Back, Way Back

On: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 4:21PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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There are some very frustrated and angry safety advocates left behind after a major pushback in the backup camera mandate by the federal government. The ruling has had many waiting for quite some time, and now safety advocates will have to wait another 1-1/2 years before any conclusion will be reached.


Honda Recalls S2000 and RSX Over Faulty Brakes

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:43AM | By: Teddy Field


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Produced from 2000-2009, the Honda S2000 is a small, two-seat roadster, along the same lines as a Mazda Miata. Power in this second generation model (2006-2007—the group covered by the recall) came from a 237-hp 2.2L with a high-revving 8,000 rpm redline. This was essentially Honda’s “halo car”, designed to get attention like the Acura NSX. The Acura RSX, on the other hand, is a sport-lux version of the Civic, and it was one of the luxury division’s best-sellers. Both are being recalled because Honda discovered a flaw in some of the brake booster parts, which could lead to reduced power assistance when you step on the pedal. No crashes or injuries have been reported.


 

AAA Warns Against Using Hands-Free Devices While Driving

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:06PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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AAA wants drivers to know that in-car, voice-activated technology is giving you only a false sense of security, not more safety. Hands-free devices and technologies have undoubtably made it easier to talk, text, and interact on social media while driving, but you’re not doing so as safely as you think. A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety highlights that distracted driving is extremely deadly and doesn’t have to involve your hands being off the steering wheel or eyes off the road.

This thorough and comprehensive study leaves very little left for questioning when it comes to using a device in any way while driving. AAA has presented their research to the public in hopes to finally convince people to pay attention to the road as they drive, and nothing else!


Toyota Recalls 87,000 Models

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Well, it has been a little while since we've heard from Toyota in terms of recalls.  But, when Toyota issues a recall, they don't mess around.  They do it, and they do it big.  This time around Toyota has issued a recall of 2010 Prius models that were produced between March 31, 2009 – October 9, 2009 and 2010 Lexus HS250h models produced between June 19, 2009 – October 9, 2009 to the tune of 87,060 models in total.  It seems that these cars may have a defective brake booster pump that can leak nitrogen gas into the brake fluid.  If nitrogen gets into the brake fluid, it can cause the car to brake improperly—elongating normal stopping distances without warning, which could result in a very hazardous condition to both driver and other motorists and/or pedestrians.  

Toyota will begin its recall next month free of charge. Owners may call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Read on for the full report...


Emergency Advice: Dealing with a Blown Tire

On: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 6:57AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Today’s cars are safer than ever before, with thousands of safety feaures built into each model. Unfortunately, despite these measures, unforeseen things still happen, even to careful and experienced motorists. So, in this article and ones to come, we’ll look at what to do when the unexpected occurs. This time around, we’ll outline the steps to take if a tire should blow out while you’re driving.


Here are Some Tips for Having a Safe, Happy Vacation

On: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 9:02AM | By: Bill Wilson


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With summer finally here, millions of Americans will soon be hitting the highway for that iconic ritual: the family vacation. But, before you pack the car and head out, take a couple of minutes to review the following tips for staying safe. They could make all the difference between a pleasant getaway and one that’s best forgotten.


GM Recalls 18,000 New Cadillac SRX Models

On: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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GM has issued a recall of 18,871 new 2013 Cadillac SRX models. The production dates for these cars are from January 31, 2012 to march 18, 2013, but only for models that were fitted with 18-inch factory wheels. It seems that the wheel lugs for the 18-inch wheels on these models may come loose, which will ruin just about anyone's day. Obviously if the lug nuts loosen, they may fall off, which may lead to the wheels coming off of the vehicle entirely. GM has said it will begin this recall next week, notifying owners and providing them with a free change of their wheel nuts with one that will not come loose. There will be no charge for the service. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300 to schedule their free fix. Read on for the full report...


Five Things Your Tires May Be Trying To Tell You

On: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 11:40AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Tires are to cars are feet are to bodies. We need them to get where we want to go, yet we fail to check them for signs of trouble. Unfortunately, that can cause us to miss important messages they’re trying to send us. The results of such carelessness can include hefty repair bills, safety issues, and even traffic accidents. So here’s a look at six things your tires might be trying to tell you.


Subaru Recalls 5,300 New Cars

On: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Subaru has issued a recall of 5,379 Outback and Legacy models built between February 15 and June 15, 2012 all designated as 2013 models. It seems that these cars may be susceptible to having defective inner and outer steering shafts on their steering columns. These shafts may become disengaged from one another, which could cause the operator to lose the ability to steer the car and result in a crash. Subaru has begun contacting owners, but if they have not been contacted yet, they may call Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 to schedule a free repair to the steering column. Read on for the full report...