Category: Automotive Issues

Aston Martin Vanquish ARRIVES: SPRING 2013 New carbon fiber body Starting price at $279,995 2nd most powerful Aston Martin next to One-77   Audi RS5 Cabriolet ARRIVES: SPRING 2013 High performance model features naturally aspirated 4.2-liter FSI V8 producing 450hp…

BMW and Paris Photo celebrate the tenth anniversary of their partnership with Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW Art Car at the inaugural Los Angeles Fair BMW Debuts Burlesque Style Photos at Paris Photo LA. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 22,  2013…

U.S. DIESEL CAR REGISTRATIONS INCREASE BY 24%, HYBRIDS UP 33% SINCE 2010 CA, MA & NY Are Fastest Growing Diesel Car States . . . SC, TN, KY & MS Are Fastest Growing Hybrid Car States . . . TX…

PORSCHE BOXSTER TOPS MERCEDES-BENZ SLK, AUDI TT AND BMW Z4 IN CONSUMER REPORTS TESTS YONKERS, N.Y., April 24, 2013 – Consumer Reports tests find the Porsche Boxster tops a quartet of convertible two-seat sports cars that blend a fun-to-drive character,…

For drivers in the majority of states that require headlight use in rain and inclement weather, Nissan has made it easier for drivers to be in compliance with the law by widening the availability of its Smart Auto Headlights to…

VIN Decode Explained What do the numbers and letters in a VIN mean? What do the 17 digits in a VIN mean? See the breakdown below of the meaning behind each segment of the VIN: What is a VIN The…

Buying a Car Online? Read This First You can buy almost anything over the Internet—including clothes, a pizza, music, a hotel room, even a car. And while most transactions are conducted lawfully and securely, there are instances when criminals insert…
Unsecured Loads in Cars can be Major Threat to Safety

Millions of families taking to the roads on holiday this summer risk increasing the severity of road accidents by failing to correctly load their cars, according to a major survey conducted by Goodyear Dunlop. Goodyear Dunlop asked over 5,600 motorists…
New Booster Seat evaluations for 2011

More top-rated seats help parents make a safe choice for their kids How common are child passenger deaths? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older. A total of 1,062 children younger than…

Their smaller size, preferred seating posture may make them more vulnerable. Female drivers are more likely than males to be injured in motor vehicle crashes, possibly because of a lack of vehicle safety features tailored to women, a new report…

Black, Hispanic and Native American children less likely to buckle up, study says Fewer than half of U.S. children injured in car crashes between 2002 and 2006 were wearing seat belts, and minority children had the lowest rates of seat-belt…

You can buy almost anything over the Internet—including clothes, a pizza, music, a hotel room, even a car. And while most transactions are conducted lawfully and securely, there are instances when criminals insert themselves into the marketplace, hoping to trick…

  Adults reported drinking and driving about 112 million times in 2010. 85% of drinking and driving episodes were reported by binge drinkers. Four in 5 people who drink and drive are men. Less than 2% of adults report drinking…

27 winners of 2010 Top Safety Pick award; new requirement to win is good rating for protection in rollovers ARLINGTON, VA Nineteen cars and 8 SUVs earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award for 2010. For…

Seeing your car as an extension of yourself may raise your risk for accidents, research shows. Viewing your car as an extension of yourself can lead to aggressive driving, a new study warns. In the United States, aggressive driving leads…

Statistics and Facts About Distracted Driving What does it mean to be a distracted driver? Are you one? Learn more here   What Is Distracted Driving? There are three main types of distraction: Visual — taking your eyes off the…

Experts Offer Tips to Conserve Gas Oil prices are steadily increasing and travel experts indicate there are few signs of this trend easing any time soon. In the U.S., a survey by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service indicates…

“Gas-Saving” Products: Fact or Fuelishness? Gas prices are up, and so is the volume of advertising for “gas-saving” products. When gasoline prices rise, consumers often look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. Although there are practical steps you can take…

Driving Overseas? Steer Clear of Bogus International Driving Permits If you plan to travel overseas and drive while you’re there, it’s a good idea to get an international driving permit (IDP) to accompany your U.S. state-issued driver’s license. But make…

TOP SAFETY PICK 2007 Award Winners The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announces 15 cars (2007 models) that win its Top Safety Pick award. The awards recognize car designs that afford the best protection for people in front, side, and…

Rear crash protection in cars: seat/head restraints in two of every three models are marginal or poor Seat/head restraint designs in 22 current car models are rated good for rear crash protection, but those in 53 other cars are rated…

  FIRST SELECTION OF TOP SAFETY PICKS: INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 10 CAR DESIGNS THAT WIN 2006, ARLINGTON, VA — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today announces 10 cars (2006 models) that win its first ever Top Safety Pick award. The…

Nation’s Top Vehicle Safety Official Urges 15-Passenger Van Users to Drive with Caution New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found June through August to be the deadliest time of year for 15-passenger van occupants, due…

DOT Proposes Anti-Rollover Technology for New Vehicles A new proposal to require auto manufacturers to install electronic stability control (ESC) as a standard feature on all new passenger vehicles has the potential to save more than 10,000 lives every year,…