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WiFi and GPS enabled systems should dramatically cut down crashes

The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That's right. The industry that fought against making seatbelts standard, is marching toward creationg the ultimate safe car without the hammer of regulation coming down on it.

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Ford developing digital child-sized body models, and pediatrics group changes policy on car seats

Quick: What is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-34? Cancer? Nope. Traffic accidents. Automakers and government regulators continue to work on reducing that statistic. And one of the ways they are doing it is looking at how kids are impacted in accidents versus adults.

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Why Michigan is highest and Vermont is cheapest. Check out your state.

What's the best way to keep your rates down? A clean nose. Maintain a clean driving record. Don't be a speed demon. Don't drive like a maniac. And certainly don't drive while under the influence of alcohol.

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Consumer Reports Tests Find The Gas-Electric Hybrid No Hothouse Flower--Going Strong After 200K Miles

The roll-out of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars in recent months has ignited a debate over this new technology. Skeptics are posing questions about possible ghosts in the machine, wondering how long the batteries will perform at top level, worried about the length of the battery life, and want to know what it will cost to replace a battery if required.

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Good News: Analysts Predict Stable Premiums For 2011

Many analysts are predicting that insurance premiums will remain flat in 2011 -- maybe even go down. That's a relief to consumers who are seeing everything else go up, from gasoline to a loaf of bread.

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James Bond never had this problem when he totaled an Aston Martin

Did you hear the one about the FBI agent who crashed a stolen-then-recovered Ferrari into a tree? Except, there's no punch line. Because, while it may be fodder for an avalanche of wisecracks, this isn't a party joke, or a scene from "Get Smart."

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No law exists for preventing cars to be rented without fixes

It's been four months since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first announced that it was investigating 3 million rental cars that had been recalled for defects, but has any action been taken?

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Underride Guards Often Fail In Accidents

These days, most vehicles are designed so that, if you get into a crash at about 35 mph -- even if you run straight into a solid, immovable wall -- you're likely to walk away. But recent crash tests and an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that if you crash into the "underride guards" on the backs of tractor-trailers at that speed, the consequences can be deadly.

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Panel's Conclusion Ignites Debate

In politics and business forecasting -- as in life itself -- timing can be everything. In early February -- less than a week after President Barack Obama set a bold goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 -- a blue-ribbon panel issued a report saying that it was "unlikely" that such a goal could be attained.

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Studies Show Driving Restrictions Can Save Lives

If newly-minted teenage drivers had their druthers, they'd be able to drive whenever they wanted, with as many of their friends "on board" as they wished. But for safety reasons, more and more states have been passing laws in recent years to restrict teens' nighttime driving and the number of teen passengers allowed in a vehicle.

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Analysts Predict $3.50 Per Gallon By Late Summer

What goes up, must come down, said the man. And, usually, the inverse is also true. It's hard to imagine a better example of these truisms than gasoline prices. As we know, they are volatile, and many factors contribute to their rise and fall, most of them having to do with global economics, but some of them also involving geo-political forces.

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Carmakers Oppose E15 Approval

Historically, there's never been a lot of love lost between carmakers and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their relationship has long been a tenuous one, as the auto companies have resisted the agency's efforts to set higher standards for fuel economy and emissions for years -- and often publicly depicted those efforts as "government interference" in the marketplace, saying that stricter regulations would make cars too expensive for buyers.

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Drivers of Top-Rated Vehicles More Likely to Cheat Death

More than seven years after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began its side-impact crash testing program in 2003, the organization says there is now enough data to correlate its test results with the survival rate of drivers in real-world crashes. According to a recent IIHS analysis, drivers of vehicles that perform well in its side-impact crash tests are less likely to die in a crash, compared to drivers of vehicles that have received poor grades in its tests.

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Chrysler Town & Country Most Affordable of All 2011 Models

It's a new year on the calendar this month, but the 2011 model-year has been in full-swing for a while now, enough time for the data compilers to tell us how much we can expect to lay out for auto insurance if we're in the market for a new vehicle.

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Noise Levels Comparable to Police Siren

It seems these days, anything that is any fun at all usually comes at a price. As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, what with all those ear-splitting concerts by the Who, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin that we attended in our misspent youth -- and the possible damage those high-decibel levels might have caused to our hearing -- now, comes this: Driving a convertible with the top down at speeds of over 55 mph can put drivers at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

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CAT Scanner Is A Smaller Version of Those Used by Crime Investigators and Hospitals

Even though the world can seem like it's already gone completely digital, we're still fascinated by flashy computer technology, especially when it creates colorful, rotating, sometimes kaleidoscopic graphics on a screen -- and when it allows us to perform tasks that once seemed straight out of "Star Trek."

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20 Signs That It's Time

When does one become too old to drive a car? That's a question currently being pondered more and more by the families of older drivers.

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New Report Shows Consumers Value Fun

Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?

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Companies Not Required to Fix Recalled Vehicles Before Renting

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into how rental car companies deal with manufacturer recalls. It is specifically looking into whether or not rental car companies are properly fixing vehicles that have been recalled before renting or selling them and whether those repairs are being done promptly. Currently, there is no law in place that requi

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More Interest In Older, Higher-Mileage Models

You don’t need a PhD in economics to understand that when times are tough, consumers are on the hunt for less expensive products. That’s especially true with big-ticket purchases like cars and trucks. Even as new car sales remain sluggish, sales of used cars have increased in recent months, mostly because, well, they’re cheaper. The big auto dealer groups reported increases in us

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How Do Corvette And Miata Top This List?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) have released their findings on insurance losses for vehicles built between 2007 and 2009. It might surprise some to see that the top three models with the lowest losses during that time are all sports cars: The Corvette convertible, the Mazda Miata and the Corvette hardtop. These “losses” refl

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