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    Study: NHTSA: More than 1/3 of kids killed in car crashes weren't in car seats or wearing belts
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    As awful as it is hearing about a child that was killed in a car crash, it's even worse to hear that many of these deaths were likely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study of vehicle crashes from 2011 that found that more than a third of kids (under the ...

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    Report: Chinese thwarting seatbelt laws with t-shirts
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    If necessity is the mother of ingenuity, law enforcement must be the doting father. Drivers in China have taken to circumventing local seatbelt laws by purchasing and wearing special T-shirts. The shirts feature a graphic with a stripe that runs from shoulder to hip, creating the illusion that ...

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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: 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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    Recalls: Hyundai to petition NHTSA over 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrid seatbelt recall
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a safety recall of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, but this campaign comes with a twist. NHTSA announced on its website that Sonata Hybrid models produced between December 2, 2010 and March 7, 2012 are being recalled due to a seatbelt ...

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    Study: Mercedes-Benz improves on the seat belt, again
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    Mercedes-Benz seat belts already have a feature that adjusts the tension of the belt after it's buckled, using motors in the B- and C-pillars. The boffins in Stuttgart have improved on that by turning to their attentions to the buckle, giving it two new functions. When you enter the vehicle, the ...

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    Kansas man goes to court over homemade seatbelt
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    From the 'We Almost Missed It'' file comes word Kansas man has set about testing his state's new seatbelt law. Kansas has just joined the handful of other states that have moved not wearing a seatbelt while driving up to a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement officers can pull over and ...

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    Seatbelt use up to 85% nationally, 1 in 7 adults still don't buckle up [w/poll]
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    According to the Center for Disease Control, seatbelt use among American adults is at an all-time high. In a recent study, 85 percent of those surveyed said that they wear their seatbelts regularly. That number is up from just 11 percent in 1982, though the CDC points out that at least one in ...

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    Video: 2011 Ford Explorer partially revealed during seatbelt airbag demo?
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    2011 Ford Explorer, is that you? – Click above to watch the video after the break
    Sometimes, we have to wonder if automakers just like toying with the emotions of those of us who follow their comings and goings on a daily basis. How else can we explain how Ford would show up to the ...

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    Mazda seatbelt lawsuit headed to U.S. Supreme Court
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    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on whether or not current federal regulations protect automakers from being sued under state product liability laws. According to The Wall Street Journal, justices will examine a California lawsuit that claims that Mazda should be held responsible for the ...

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    Pennsylvania to conduct seatbelt checks... from aircraft?
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    Rule number one of the Internet should be to always read past the headline before hitting the keyboard to comment. A prime example comes from the latest press release from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The statement's headline implies that PA state troopers will be enforcing seatbelt use from ...

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    Report: Georgia finally mandates seatbelt usage among pickup truck drivers
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    Now it's just New Hampshire. For decades, any effort in Georgia to require universal seatbelt use couldn't get passed – such matters would just get stuck in the throat of the House by extra-regulation-resistant rural lawmakers. The consistent rejection kept pickup truck driving adults from ...

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    Video: The most beautiful seatbelt advocacy commercial ever?
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    Embrace Life PSA – click above to watch the video
    Over the years, we've seen plenty of public safety announcements that tackle the issue of buckling up behind the wheel. Most rely on fear to convey their message – be it fear of a police citation ("Click it or ticket") or the menace of ...

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    Hyundai recalls 65,000+ 2006-2009 Azera sedans over seatbelt issue
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall campaign directed at certain model year 2006 through 2009 Hyundai Azera sedans. All affected Azera models were manufactured between September 27, 2005, and October 1, 2008 - in total, 65,226 vehicles are subject to the recall ...

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    Party Time: Volvo celebrates 50 years of the three-point belt
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    Volvo's three-point seat belt - Click above to watch the video after the break
    Back in 1958, most Americans wouldn't have been caught dead wearing a seat belt. That was mostly because safety belts were optional equipment in every car sold in the U.S. and drivers were suspicious of the ...

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    Florida signs new primary seat belt law, gets $35 million from gov't
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    Drivers and front-seat passengers in Florida may be cited for not wearing seat belts when a new law takes effect on June 30. Known as a "primary" seat belt law, the law allows enforcement officers to pull vehicles over solely for a belt violation (a "secondary" seat belt law requires another ...

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    Toyota's JDM collision-detecting radar system could come to Lexus
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    Two new JDM Toyota safety technologies are likely to arrive on future Lexus models in the United States. The first is a system that uses a millimeter-wave radar to detect objects in the vehicle's path. When obstructions are noted, the driver is alerted by an indicator or a sound. If the pending ...

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    End of unsafe era: (Some) School buses to get seat belts
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    My wife and I thoroughly trained our oldest daughter on seat belt safety, and it got to the point where she would scream at the top of her lungs if one of us didn't buckle our belts. When she first stepped foot on a school bus, she was terrified to learn that there were no seat belts and didn't ...

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    Buckle Up: Seat belt saves choking driver
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    Steven John Earp of Eugene, Oregon could never have imagined that the breakfast sandwich he was eating behind the wheel as he drove to work last week was almost his last meal, period. How so? Well, during the course of his meal on wheels, Mr. Earp began choking on his sandwich, and the situation ...

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    Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS recalled
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    According to What Car?, Porsche isn't immune to the recall woes that normally plague much larger automakers. The article states that 43 911 GT3s and their harder-core RS siblings are suffering from faulty seatbelts. The optional six-point belt's unlocking mechanism apparently won't come loose, ...

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