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Analysts say our waist size will keep us from buying small cars in big numbers

Automakers have long tried to figure out how to get Americans to buy smaller cars. But at least one analyst says there may be little point in trying.

Driving rehabilitation offers seniors a chance behind the wheel again

Worrying about an elderly family member driving can be stressful, but as The New York Times reported there are alternatives to hiding the keys.

Some people using apps to shop on Amazon while driving

Distracted driving is a scourge on American roads, but the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe is in a poor position to address the problem.

Dangerous defects mean that important safety device might not work when you need it most

An increasing number of defective airbags has lead to a record number of recalls so far in 2013, meaning those important safety devices hidden in your dashboard may not work when you need them most.

The Japanese automaker has had several major recalls this year

Nissan Motor Co. recalled 908,900 vehicles around the world Thursday for defective accelerator sensors that could cause the engine to stall.

Rachel Johnson's accident left her trapped in her car for hours, waiting for help

"It sounded like it was raining in my car my head was bleeding so bad."

Staged car accidents are on the rise

The number of staged accident insurance claims has been on the rise in recent years, but they are often quite easy to spot. The video above shows some telltale signs that you might be the victim of a staged crash.

Technology is in experimental phase, but considered promising

There's a pedestrian approaching a crosswalk. He's plugged into his iPhone, oblivious to the fact he's walking into danger.

Manuals say they should be inspected after 10 years, but does anyone ever do that?

Thirty pages deep in a beaten-up vehicle's owner's manual, there's a curious warning about aging airbags.

Most people assume winter driving is the riskiest, but joyriding and distractions can put teens in danger

Most people would assume that winter is a risky driving season for teen drivers, given the potential for ice and slick roads. But more teens die in car crashes during the summer months than any other season, safety experts say.

Safety experts say older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs are prone to fires

Chrysler has boldly refused to comply with a government request to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that could be prone to fires, arguing the government is applying unreasonable standards to its vehicles.

They say the bill unfairly targets small businesses

Lawmakers, safety advocates and auto industry representatives debated whether or not car rental companies should be allowed to rent vehicles that have been recalled.

With more complicated systems in place, hidden troubles abound with these life-saving devices

By many standards, the car accident was routine.

Teen driver deaths jumped sharply in the first half of 2012, a safety group says

Using a small pool of data collected in the first half of 2012, the Governor's Highway Safety Association said deaths of teen drivers jumped sharply, up 19 percent compared with a year earlier. The numbers reverse a decade-long trend that showed a decrease in teen driving deaths.