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Categories: Safety

Survey Says...Two-Thirds Of Drivers Use Too Much Tech

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

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There's a growing rift in our technologically savvy society. On the one hand, you have the crowd that can't go five minutes without texting inanities to friends, surfing the Web on a tablet computer, and tapping into GPS to find out what local businesses are around and what Yelp reviewers think of them. On that same side of the aisle, you have automakers that are all too eager to appear hip and modern. On the other side, you have people that would prefer to be safe over cool and connected, people that don't believe the car should be a four-wheeled computer.

Well, if the results of a recent MetLife survey are accurate, it would appear the latter crowd is a lot stronger than the former—at least as it pertains to other drivers.

Hyundai Recalls 200,000 Sante Fe And Veracruz Models!

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Just when you thought you were safe driving around your three- or four-year-old Hyundai Sante Fe or Veracruz, it turns out that Hyundai has just recently recalled the SUVs due to a defect that may cause the driver's airbag not to deploy during a crash. Granted, that may be better than deploying when they aren't needed, but not by much.  Replacement of the defective part will be covered in full by dealers, thankfully. Read on to see the full report.

40 MPG, Check. Top Safety Pick, Check. Made In USA, Check.

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Needless to say, there is a lot of buzz surrounding Chevrolet’s new subcompact. Although much of the hype is probably based on remnants of Chevy fans which remain quivering in frustration from the former Chevy subcompact Aveo, the Sonic stands all on its own as a tiny car worthy of big talk. After months of teasing strong fuel economy and safety, Chevrolet has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency rated the Ecotec 1.4L turbo Sonic at 40 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. And, the IIHS granted the Sonic their Top Safety Pick status.

The Sonic’s list of strengths doesn’t end with safety and efficiency, though. It just so happens that the Ecotec 1.4L turbo is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of reaching 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.  

Subaru Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars!

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although this recall may not seem to pose as dire consequences as some others in recent memory, the fact that Subaru is recalling 195,080 Legacy and Outback models produced in 2010 and 2011 means that the company must have run some figures and realized that the recall is, in fact, cheaper than the potential consequences of not issuing one. It seems that the bottom cover of the wiper motor of these cars is prone to heating up and, potentially, catching fire. Sounds like a great way to turn a rainstorm into a... Uh... firestorm, yeah. Keep reading for all of the recall details.


2011 Volkswagen Jetta Recalled For Being Too Hot!

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 9:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems that the next time someone says your 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is a 'hot' car, be aware they might not be complimenting your ride. In fact, you might have a very angry passerby on your hands. It seems that the stainless steel exhaust tip on these cars extends just a bit too far from the car, and can become just a bit too hot—like skin-scalding hot.

Obviously, this may not seem like a huge problem to some, but if you have one of the 30,000 Jettas in question and little kids running around, this can become a very dangerous combination.

Read on for the full National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

Lighting The Way

On: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Drivers that want to see better at night have several options. Let’s take a look at what’s available:

Sealed-beam headlights: There are two types available, tungsten and halogen. Of the two, tungsten is worse, but very cheap. You’ll find these on older cars. The main problem with old-style sealed beams is that they produce a very dim, unfocused beam of light that doesn’t have much range and also doesn’t produce much light on the sides of the road. In addition, backglare, which occurs when it’s snowing, raining or foggy, can cause accidents. Halogen sealed beams are only marginally better, producing a brighter, white light.

Air Bag Basics

On: Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 10:48AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Air bags aren’t generally considered to be within the realm of the typical do-it-yourselfer (and rightly so), but of course, if you’ve got the right tools and manuals, anything is possible.

A typical air bag system consists of several sensors located at various places within a car’s structure along with the air bag itself. All cars today have two front air bags, but their application has now proliferated with many makers offering or including side air bags (mounted in the sides of the seat or door panels), side air bag “curtains” mounted on the side of the interior roof panel, and there are even rear seat bags available as well.

A typical system has sensors located at the front fenders and other locations which measure shock, deceleration, and so forth. When activated, they send a signal to the air bag which then initiates a fairly violent explosion to inflate the bag. Early air bags detonated within 1/25th of a second or 250 mph. In order for air bags to detonate, several or all sensors have to be activated.

In case the battery cables break during an accident, air bag systems have backup power sources which supply the necessary power to detonate the air bags. So if you’re thinking of removing the relevant fuse from the system to deactivate the air bags in your car—don’t. To deactivate the air bags a deactivation procedure, listed in shop manuals, has to be followed.

What Are You Doing In Your Car?

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 4:12PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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A recent survey conducted by Farmers Insurance Group has revealed some interesting tidbits of information concerning the American driver. Both men and women drivers are getting clean, close shaves and applying make-up on the way to and from work, among other things.

According the survey, 5.5 percent of men and 2.1 percent of women admit to shaving on their way to work. 18.7 percent of women and 1.3 percent of men are applying make-up, and 8 percent of men and women style their hair on the way to and from work. There’s no doubt that everyone wants to put travel time to the best possible use, but the problem is that these distractions make drivers inattentive and increase the chance of accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inattentive driving ranks as the fourth highest factor leading to fatal accidents.

GM Recalls Four Thousand Buick LaCrosses!

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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For an unfortunate few who just got done at the dealer buying a brand new Buick may have to turn right around and get back there before they end up in the middle of a very nasty road scene. It seems that the factory didn't calibrate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system of some of their new LaCrosses. This may cause the system to run improperly and go into action to slow down the car at high speeds, which could end up in an abrupt loss of control and could ultimately cause a fatal crash. 

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safercar.gov.

NHTSA Nixes Huayra's Entry Into US Market (For Now)

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 11:32AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Yes, your friends at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have denied Italian supercar maker Pagani Automobili's latest creation—the Huayra (pronounced “why-rah”)—the exemption the firm’s latest million-dollar creation needed to go on sale in the US in 2012 as planned.

The stumbling point is the federal automotive safety rule that requires all cars—whether or not they can exceed 200 mph—to have “child-safe advanced airbags” installed as standard equipment.

The Huayra doesn’t. So the nits at NHTSA say no Huayras for us.

Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas!

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems they really don't make 'em like they used to anymore. Either that or they just did a lot less recalling back in the good 'ole days. In what seems to be the summer of recalls, now it is General Motors' turn to bring some horses back to the stable. More than ten thousand 2012 Chevy Impalas are being recalled this month due to "misrouted" power steering hoses which have been placed dangerously close to the catalytic converter, thus melting the hose and igniting the power steering fluid, setting that brand new engine compartment ablaze.

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Ttraffic Safety Administraton and Safercar.gov...