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    Featured: Think air travel is risky? Try driving a car
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    It was a terrible stretch for aviation. In an eight-day span last month, three commercial plane crashes killed 462 people. By now the flight numbers and grim circumstances are familiar: Malaysia Airlines flight 17, downed by a missile over the Ukraine. TransAsia 222, crashed on approach to an ...

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    Official: IIHS releases new rankings from crash-avoidance tests [w/video]
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    Out of 24 vehicles tested, eight earned the highest rating of "Superior." In the past, automotive engineers focused on creating safety systems that protected drivers in car crashes. In the future, advances like the Google self-driving car on display this week, will likely remove motorists and ...

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    Report: Main factor in distracted driving deaths not phones, it's getting lost in thought
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    It turns out electronic devices aren't the leading cause of distracted driving car crashes. Around 10 percent of all accidents that cause a death involve distracted driving, and Bloomberg reports that an Erie Insurance Group study has found that daydreaming and being lost in thought are ...

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    Report: US traffic deaths climb 7.1% in first 9 months of 2012
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    Less than two weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2011 traffic fatalities had declined by nearly 2 percent – to the lowest level in more than six decades. Now comes word that the first nine months of 2012 haven't been nearly as positive. According to ...

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    High-tech seatbelt device wants to save you in a flood [w/video]
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    We imagine things get hectic pretty quickly if you happen to take a deep plunge while still in your car. As the water rushes in, things like patience and good sense can rush out, so doing something as reflexive and simple as getting out of your seatbelt can waste time you don't really have. If ...

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    Report: Major car rental companies agree not to rent or sell recalled vehicles
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    Bowing to pressure from consumers and advocacy groups, major car rental companies have agreed to end the practice of renting cars that have been recalled for safety problems. Legislators are introducing a bill to the Senate that would keep recalled rental cars off the road. The bill has the ...

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    Report: Seatbelt buckle chime to take a back seat?
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    A bill approved by both houses of Congress that doubles fines on vehicles not recalled in a timely fashion also weighs-in on several additional safety measures. What was once a $17-million penalty has now jumped to $35 million. In spite of these fines, The Detroit News reports that many new ...

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    Report: NHTSA ready to submit rearview camera mandate to Congress [UPDATE]
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    About 100 children and over 200 adults die every year because drivers accidentally back over them. It's a sad statistic that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feels can be prevented if all new vehicles come standard with backup cameras. The New York Times reports that NHTSA ...

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    Report: China announces new, more stringent crash standards
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    There are innumerable design and engineering hurdles to clear if you're an automaker intent on selling your wares worldwide, but few are more core to the business than safety. China knows this all too well. For years now, we've been hearing how the nation was planning to go global with its ...

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    Video: Volvo suffers another auto-stop safety system failure in public fashion
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    Volvo V60 Pedestrian Detection test failures – Click above to watch the videos
    Volvo's new Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake is under scrutiny after a series of demonstrations for journalists in Australia went awry in rather spectacular fashion. During the presentation, an ...

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    Ford: Aftermarket replacement parts can be inferior, possible safety hazards
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    Today's autos are chock-full of safety equipment that vastly improves your chances of survival in the event of a crash. And if an automaker wants to achieve the best crash test scores, it has to ensure that parts like bumper beams, air bag sensors and radiator supports perform properly during a ...

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    Report: Congress mulling in-car alcohol detectors [w/poll]
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    The New York Times reports that the U.S. Congress is considering a six-fold increase in the annual funding of in-car devices to detect drunk drivers. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program's budget would increase from $2 million per year to $12 million for the next five years, ...

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    Report: U.S. safety bill could triple cost of automotive black boxes to $5,000
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    When word first came down that Congress was looking to mandate that all new vehicles to be sold with Event Data Recorders, we knew that the added tech was going to be pricey. According to Automotive News, if legislators have their way, the new automotive black boxes will need to be both fire ...

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    Former NHTSA head Claybrook reportedly blasts relationship between safety agency and automakers
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    One of the most interesting sidebars that came out of Toyota's recent recall woes and the subsequent Congressional hearings on the subject was the Japanese automaker's relationship with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Actually, the interesting part of the relationship with the ...

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    NHTSA announces 2009 fatalities lowest since 1954, continue downward trend
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    Safety doesn't sell cars. At least that's what Detroit executives walked around saying back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The whole of them were convinced that if you even mentioned the word "safety" in a marketing campaign it would imply that cars were unsafe. In fact, it took a crusader like ...

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    Study: Want to improve your odds of surviving a crash? Have another sammich
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    There aren't a lot of positives about being overweight, but a study by the University of Michigan shows that there could be one reason for the chunky among us to celebrate. U of M studied 300,000 traffic fatalities obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 1998 and ...

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    REPORT: NHTSA to mandate lane departure warning and auto-brake systems?
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    Is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about to add some more safety measures to your next new car? According to The Detroit News, they might be. The Motown daily says that government officials are pondering whether or not they should require new vehicles to be fitted with ...

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    Are cars too safe to be... safe?
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    Immense amounts of money, research, effort, time, and science have gone into making cars safer. Your economy car is so safe now that you'll survive an accident with a larger vehicle. But it's also so safe now that the traditional blades, jaws, and saws that fire departments would use to extricate ...

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    Forbes names the 20 Most Dangerous Vehicles for sale today
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    Tiger, you should be ashamed pushing that beastly Buick Rendezvous on an unsuspecting public. Not only was it little more than a warmed-over minivan trying to look hip, Forbes says it's possibly the most dangerous new vehicle for sale today. Luckily for all the uninformed car shoppers out there, ...

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    The auto safe
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    This is the kind of black box we want in our cars... GizMag brought to our attention a physical security device (read: safe) that prevents opportunistic smash-and-grab theft that occurs sometimes when thieves see so much as a PDA cable or cell phone charger. The AutoSafe hooks into your vehicle via ...

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