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Categories: Safety

VIDEO: Epic Ferrari Fail

On: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 3:32PM | By: Teddy Field


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In the right hands, a Ferrari can do amazing things. It reacts to your input much faster than a normal car, and that allows you to cover large tracts of land very quickly. They can also make you look like a complete idiot, if you allow your ego to take the wheel. Our tool of the day discovered this fact the hard way. And it is funny.


166,000 Mitsubishis Recalled For Stall Risk

On: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 2:58PM | By: Teddy Field


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Until now, Mitsubishi has managed to avoid the whole mass-recall epidemic that’s been sweeping the auto industry. But that impressive reliability streak has come to an end, as they’ve just recalled 166,000 Lancers and Outlanders. Nobody has died from this defect, but these recalled models can stall unexpectedly, leading to all sorts of potential safety hazards.


New Help with Car Seats

On: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 10:15AM | By: Karen Cook


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I’m old enough to remember a time before car seats. I can remember a time before lots of things, but this article will focus on car seats. The first “restraint” that I remember wearing in the car was similar to the leashes you see some children equipped with in public places so they don’t get too far from their parents. It covered my chest and hooked to the seat belt but left me plenty of room to stand up to see out the windows. Its purpose I assume was to keep me from flying out of the vehicle in an accident. Luckily, it was never put to the test.


Recall: Ford Transit in a Double Play

On: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:18AM | By: Ross Mcvicker


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The Ford Motor Company has issued two recalls for certain 2015 Ford Transit Connects and Ford Transit cargo vans—1,319 Conncects for a potential brake fluid leak, and 600 cargo vans for a problem with windowless sliding doors


 

Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Post-crash carnage from right test 2

Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.

Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.

Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…


Recalls: Points of Perspective

On: Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:04AM | By: Jon Summers


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Recently car makers have been in mainstream news media, perhaps more than at anytime since the economic downturn of 2008 when the US tax payer stepped in to bail out GM and Chrysler. Unfortunately the media attention is not about the good news of an industry now getting back on its feet again, but around parts failures, and the recalls issued as a result. As this blog shows, car makers often issue recalls, but what has stood out about the GM ignition switch recall is how one bad decision has meant that millions of cars, many almost a decade old, of different brands, assembled in different plants, and perhaps worth only a few thousand dollars today, are having expensive, time-consuming, car-maker-profit-destroying work done on them to fix a faulty component. Isn’t there a better way to manage this?


California Puts the Brakes on Google

On: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:49AM | By: Karen Cook


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Not long ago, Google presented the world with a completely autonomous vehicle that required no help from human beings to navigate to a specified destination. This is odd because there is no way for a “driver” to take over if the car can’t perform its function. You see, it doesn’t have pedals or a steering wheel. Google believes this is the future of self-driving modes of transportation.


Honda Knows That Safety Counts

On: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:29AM | By: Karen Cook


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The minivan is the go-to vehicle for many families since they come with room for lots of stuff, lots of people, and your four-legged family members too. Since they cater to those with children, safety is at the forefront for both buyers and manufacturers.


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality

On: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Bill Wilson


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality test 1-1

Every driver wants something different from his or her vehicle. Some motorists prize economy above all. Other value looks or status. And, for many car owners, performance is their passion. This is not simply speed, but the ability to accelerate quickly, turn corners sharply, and feel that exhilarating rush that comes from driving a nimble, ultra-responsive ride.


Living in your Car: How to Make it Work

On: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:53PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Life is filled with uncertainties; that’s why people have insurance and savings accounts. No matter how careful we are, however, sometimes things can knock even the most cautious person off her feet. Fortunately, if you own a reliable vehicle, you can always be reasonably safe and comfortable, even if you have only a small amount of money. Here’s why:


Complete Streets: How they Will Change the Way You Drive

On: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:14AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Road development in the US has followed the same basic pattern since the end of World War II:  Add more lanes, make them wider, and increase the speed limits. It’s a good strategy, given the pace of development over the past 50 years. The nation’s expansion during that time has been explosive, even when allowing for the occasional recession.