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As More Cars Take to the Road, Deaths Reach Highest Since 2007

U.S. motor vehicle deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the National Safety Council. Roadside fatalities last …

App’s Sensors Can Warn Drivers of Obstacles, Hard Braking Ahead

Drivers in San Francisco, Manhattan and Tel Aviv may soon have another safety tool at their disposal: a mobile app that alerts them to dangers ahead in the road. Nexar Ltd., an Israeli startup whose app records video from a …

IIHS Finds Car Booster Seats Much Safer Than in the Past

Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday. Of the 53 new booster seats IIHS tested, 48 received the nonprofit’s highest rating. Two …

Most Cars Not Equipped With Life-Saving Auto Technology

Computerized sensors that warn drivers they’re about to rear-end another vehicle or prevent other types of accidents are available on models made by every major auto manufacturer. The problem, according to a U.S. safety agency and accident-prevention advocates, is that …

The Science Behind Chirps and Chimes Inside Modern Cars

Whether it’s the pleasant greeting when you slide into the driver’s seat or a loud, annoying beep that warns you of an imminent crash, there’s science behind the noises that your car makes. Nearly all automakers have engineers and others …

Feds Probe July 1 Tesla Model X Crash in Pennsylvania

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a July 1 crash in Pennsylvania of a Tesla Model X to determine whether automated functions were in use at the time of the accident, the agency said on Wednesday. NHTSA …

Indy 500 Safety Measures Still Used Today

Imagine climbing into your sedan in the driveway and not putting on a seatbelt, then trying to back out onto a busy street without the benefit of a rear-view mirror. Odd exercise? Sure. Unsafe? You bet. Seatbelts and rear-view mirrors, …

U.S. Safety Agency Extends GM Safety Oversight for Another Year

U.S. auto safety regulators will oversee General Motors Co’s decision-making about potential vehicle safety issues for another year, until May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told the automaker in a letter made public on Tuesday. The Detroit …

All GM Cars to Have Airbags by 2019 Model Year

General Motors Co. said Thursday it will phase out cars without airbags and other safety features after its Chevrolet Sail subcompact flunked a crash test in Latin America. The Latin New Car Assessment Program – an independent testing organization – …

Insurers, States Work to Combat Distracted Driving

Drivers are faced with a number of distractions today. Consider that more than 587,000 people driving at any given time are holding cell phones, according to a National Occupant Protection Use Survey conducted in 2014. According to Distraction.gov, a joint …