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Don’t Let A Christmas Party Turn Into A Tragedy
   Published December 2, 2020
Christmas and New Year’s are fast approaching and so, too, is NHTSA’s 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Law enforcement agencies nationwide take part in the annual crackdown on drinking and driving around the holidays. This year’s campaign kicks off December 18th and runs through January 1, 2021.

It’s more than just a holiday issue. The statistics are staggering. Every day, 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve
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Hyundai, Kia Reach $210 Million Settlement With NHTSA Over Engine Recalls
   Published December 2, 2020
Hyundai and Kia must pay $210 million in penalties in a settlement reached with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to recalls of vehicles equipped with Theta II engines. The NHTSA found that the automakers, owned by parent company Hyundai, failed to conduct timely recalls of over 1.6 million vehicles equipped with these engines. The agency says they also didn’t accurately report certain  Read More
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Holiday Auto Theft Report
   Published December 2, 2020
Keep your car locked and secure on New Year’s Day -- that’s the holiday with the most reported vehicle thefts according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.

The report shows dramatic variations in theft activity throughout the winter months. According to the data, thieves aren’t too busy on Christmas Day, as it shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day. Thanksgiving ranks low on the holiday theft list as well. However, New Year’s Eve  Read More
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Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published November 23, 2020
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.

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Report: Tesla Is The Most “Hackable” Car
   Published November 18, 2020
When it comes to the easiest car to hack into, Tesla is the most “hackable” according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group. It recently released a video showing how a box it built with the help of technologists could hack into the wireless connection of a Tesla and take over the screen with a "This Tesla's Been Hacked" message.

The group said the demonstration showed how vulnerable the wireless connection in the cars is– by amplifying the signal it could work on many vehicles simultaneously, a large-scale hack. Once in control of the screen, a hacker could suggest malware be downloaded, potentially giving them access to the car's operation and control over the vehicle, or otherwise sabotage the car.
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Car Pro Advice: The Dangers Of Nighttime Driving
   Published October 29, 2020
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1, at 2am as we turn our clocks back an hour, and that means you’ll be driving in the dark more than you have in over six months. Nighttime driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you do on a regular basis. Consider this: almost 50 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and road fatalities occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day. That is an ominous statistic to say the least. However, there is really no reason that night driving has to be unsafe. Here are some helpful tips to keep your visibility high and make the trip to your destination a safe one.  Read More
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Family Raising Distracted Driving Awareness After Deadly Accident
   Published October 22, 2020
October marks two important safety campaigns for drivers. Not only is it National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but we’re also currently observing Teen Driver Safety Week that runs from Oct 18-24, something Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds talked about on the show last Saturday. The importance of both of these campaigns cannot be understated - something that is underscored by a recent accident in North Texas that took the life of a young four-year old girl, an accident her  Read More
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Honda Confirms 17th Takata Airbag Death
   Published October 14, 2020
A 17th death in the U.S. is being attributed to faulty Takata airbags. Earlier this month, American Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a defective Takata driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic on Aug. 20, 2020, in Mesa, AZ. The vehicle’s driver sustained injuries from the ruptured inflator and subsequently died. In its statement, Honda said, “our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver.“

Honda says it’s now confirmed 15 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the U.S. related to Takata airbag driver’s front inflator ruptures in the field. In all, the faulty airbags are blamed for 17 deaths in the US. Recalls remain ongoing. On the NHTSA recall website, it lists the total recall completion rate at 77% (38,160, 343) as of August 25, 2020, with 23% (11, 127,046) more to go.  Read More
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National Teen Driver Safety Week Is October 18-24
   Published October 14, 2020
The 13th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week kicks off on October 18. It’s a week-long event dedicated to teen driver safety in the hopes of preventing teen injuries and deaths on the road. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the U.S., so this is an awareness campaign that is an important one to share. Just consider these government statistics:  Read More
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Police Cracking Down This Week On Texting & Driving
   Published October 14, 2020
October is National Distracted Driving Month -- after being moved from April this year due to COVID-19. To help with education efforts, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is supporting National Distracted Driving Awareness Week with a $5 million public awareness advertising campaign. During NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility campaign, law enforcement officers nationwide will be looking for  Read More
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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published October 13, 2020
[Editor’s note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]

Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that as of June 5, 2020, out of roughly 50 million air bags, 75% have been replaced. This number has not changed much in 2020.
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Car Pro Advice: Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
   Published October 7, 2020
Covid-19 has changed much about our lives. For instance, people are shying away from Uber and Lyft. Airline flights are way down. People are driving more on road trips because they know the environment inside their own car is safe. In fact, a recent Chevrolet and Harris Poll study found that there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to the pandemic and of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41 percent plan to road trip over Thanksgiving or winter  Read More
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NHTSA Declares October National Pedestrian Month
   Published October 7, 2020
October kicks off the first-ever National Pedestrian Safety Month. It’s part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s continuing efforts to improve safety for vulnerable road users.

“With this designation of October as Pedestrian Safety Month, the Department is affirming its commitment to working closely with our state and local partners to make our roads safer for pedestrians,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.  Read More
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Best Vehicles For Car Seat Use
   Published September 30, 2020
As we head into October, we take with us the reminders from September’s National Child Passenger Safety Week - a week designed to highlight the importance of choosing the right car seat for your child and installing it correctly.

If you’re planning to shop for a family car soon, it’s also a good idea to consider what vehicles are best for car seats. To that end, we share with you Cars.com’s latest Car Seat Check Honor Roll. The list highlights which family vehicles best  Read More
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published September 25, 2020
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.

As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.

3 Basic Types Of Child Seats
1.) Rear-facing seats

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What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
   Published September 23, 2020
I told you last week about the massive security breach at Equifax, and offered some tips on what to do if you found out you had been impacted by the breach. We know that roughly half of us have our info floating around on the sinister “dark web”, the place where identities are sold in bulk. I was impacted along with 143 million other lucky Americans, and all thanks to Equifax.

First StepsHere are some important first steps for you should you discover that you have indeed had your identity  Read More
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AAA On Self-Driving Cars: Don’t Buy The Hype
   Published September 16, 2020
We’re big proponents of driver assist technology at the Car Pro. Features like Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking can help prevent accidents and save lives, both for passenger cars and, as we reported last week, even big rigs. (Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds outlines some of his must-have driver assist safety features here.) But we also know driver assistance features come with limitations and it’s important to know what those limitations are.

That’s the  Read More
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Study: Collision Warning Preventing 18-Wheeler Crashes
   Published September 9, 2020
I shared with you last week my article on sharing the road with 18-wheelers. It appears that bringing some of the technology that is making passenger vehicles safer, can also pay dividends to truckers.

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that equipping large trucks with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems could eliminate more than 2 out of 5 crashes in which a large truck  Read More
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Sharing the Road With Big Rigs
   Published September 3, 2020
My father was a truck driver for as long as I can remember. It was in the days when there were virtually no creature comforts in the cabs of the trucks. I don’t think he ever drove a truck with air-conditioning, and there were certainly no CD players, video monitors, or CB radios. One night during the summer, around 10 PM, he was driving between Dallas and San Antonio and fell asleep while driving. He woke up too late to navigate a turn in the highway and turned the big rig on its side,  Read More
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Tesla On Autopilot Crashes Into Police Car
   Published September 2, 2020
There are no true self-driving cars yet, and a Tesla driver in North Carolina allegedly found this out the hard way. He was reportedly watching a movie in his car while auto-pilot was engaged, when his vehicle plowed into a Sheriff Deputy’s car. No one was hurt.

WNCN TV reports the accident happened just after midnight on Wednesday, August 26.

The impact sent the deputy’s cruiser into the trooper’s vehicle – which pushed the trooper and deputy to the  Read More
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