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Texas led the nation with 752 claims

According to a study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, truck tailgate theft is becoming more of a problem. From January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the number of instances of this type of theft jumped a remarkable 31 percent.

Four small cars get 'poor' marks in latest batch of test results

Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a "good" ranking on the organization's small-front overlap test.

Coffee is not a substitute for sleep, according to experts

With millions of Americans getting behind the wheel for long road trips this summer, driving while fatigued is a given. Drivers are combating the issue in the wrong ways, according to a new survey.

NHTSA wants more seats fixed; defect may have led to at least 1 death

Graco is recalling 403,222 more car seats over a potentially deadly problem with their buckles.

Government sees technology as a way to reduce collisions on the road

Raising hopes of preventing many collisions, transportation officials say they'll propose requiring that automakers equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other.

The popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are affected

General Motors is recalling 370,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year to fix software that could cause the exhaust components to overheat and start a fire.

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.

The air conditioner leaks onto the airbag, causing aribags or the power steering to malfunction

Toyota is recalling 803,000 vehicles in the U.S. because their air bags or power steering could stop working.

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.

Safety advocates want a rule issued mandating rearview cameras

On the evening of October 19, 2002, Dr. Greg Gulbransen stepped out of his house to move his sport utility vehicle into the driveway. He didn't realize his two-year-old son had followed him.

Take a few preventative measures to avoid becoming a statistic

Labor Day is one of the top five holidays of the year for stolen vehicles, according to data from the National Crime Bureau. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, these five holidays combined saw a remarkable 10,543 thefts.

As traffic fatalities increase, surveys show less and less people find drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving to be a threat

Americans are less likely to to see dangerous driving activities such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving as a threat to themselves or other drivers on the road, according to an analysis of four years of public surveys conducted by AAA.

NTSB issues new safety recommendations in light of recent fatal accidents

Seat belts save lives. Using one is "the single most effective way" drivers can prevent death in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way.

Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte performed especially badly

Six of 12 small cars performed well in front-end crash tests conducted by an insurance industry group, but some popular models fared poorly in the safety evaluations.

Cell phones, music and alcohol increase the danger of crossing the street

On February 22, 2012, Meilan Jin was crossing an intersection at Northern Blvd. and Union St. in Queens, New York. Chatting on her cell phone as she proceeded diagonally across in an attempt to catch a van to her job at a nail salon, a city bus made a fast, wide right turn and struck her down in the road.

More and more elderly drivers are behind the wheel, but screening for at-risk seniors still not occurring

The first comment left on George Russell Weller's online obituary reads: "Let us not forget the grief that he caused."

As more software runs critical car systems, automotive cyber terrorism becomes a real fear

Imagine this grisly scenario: You're driving down the interstate with the cruise control set at the speed limit. Without warning, your car accelerates. The speedometer pushes past 100 miles per hour. Suddenly, the car turns left and crashes into the concrete median.

Follow these tips and keep children safe on the road

Did you know 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly? According to safercar.gov, parents haven't been doing enough to keep their kids safe on the road, which has resulted in vehicle crashes becoming one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old.

Studies show that one passenger in a teen driver's car increases fatality risk by 44%, two passengers doubles the risk

Teen driving safety is one of those problems that is easy to ignore: So often the tragedies are spread out throughout small towns around the country. One lost life here, two lost there. We don't often piece all those crashes together and realize what's happening to our children

Subaru vehicles can start on their own and seats in Ford minivans are coming loose

Subaru of America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters because the engines can start on their own. Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.

At-fault drivers could face up to a $2,000 fee

The city Missouri City, Texas -- a suburb of Houston -- is going to start charging drivers for responding to car accidents, according to KHOU.com.

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