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Car seat, booster & seat belt use

February 27, 2019

Since parents like you care, it is stunning that more than 90% arrive at professional car seat checks needing adjustments to their child’s car seat. Get help choosing and using your car seat from a Child Passenger Safety Technician Your local Safe Kids, fire department or law enforcement can help you find a Child Passenger […]

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Blumenthal announces legislation to protect against CO and rollaway risk raised by keyless cars

February 25, 2019

By U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal’s office        WASHINGTON, CT – On Friday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced introduction of the Protecting Americans from the Risks of Keyless Ignition Technology (PARK IT) Act to protect consumers from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and vehicle rollaways associated with keyless ignition technology in vehicles. The PARK IT […]

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40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking

February 13, 2019

A U.N. agency says 40 countries led by Japan and the European Union _ but not the U.S. or China _ have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting next year By JAMEY KEATEN Associated PressGENEVA — Feb 12, 2019 6:28 PM ET Forty countries led […]

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Despite Prevention Efforts, Hot-Car Casualties Are Rising

February 12, 2019

Last year was the highest on record for vehicular heatstrokes Hot-car deaths increased in the mid-1990s as states began mandating that car seats be placed in the back seat to avoid harm from front-seat air bags. By Ellen Byron, The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2019 9:30 a.m. ET Last year 51 children died of […]

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Lorraine Complains: Kids are still being left behind in cars and it needs to stop

February 4, 2019

Anyone who can be held accountable should be, but this issue is far from being cut and dry by LORRAINE SOMMERFELD | February 4, 2019 It may be tempting to let her sleep, but leaving a child in the car is a risky propositionSupplied / iStock.com via Getty Images In May of last year, Shaun […]

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Alabama company patents device to prevent hot car deaths

January 11, 2019

Updated 7:51 AM; Posted 5:45 AM Alabama software developer Ben Payment shows an early version of Payton’s Charm, a device to prevent hot car deaths of children by monitoring CO2 in the car. (Lee Roop | lroop@al.com) By Lee Roop | lroop@al.com It’s called a parent’s worst nightmare because it’s hard to think of a worse one. Somehow, you […]

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‘You live in hell every day’: The tragedy of forgetting your child in the car

November 16, 2018

Raelyn Balfour thought she dropped off her nine-month-old son at the babysitter before work, but she didn’t Out in the Open · November 16, 2018 (Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock) Listen13:55 At the hospital, while holding her son’s lifeless body for the final time, Raelyn Balfour made a promise to her nine-month-old: his death would not be in vain. While driving to work […]

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SILENT KILLER: Keyless ignitions linked to more than 2 dozen carbon monoxide deaths

November 13, 2018

Author: Jennifer Titus  Published: 4:00 PM EST November 9, 2018 Updated: 11:25 PM EST November 13, 2018 10-INVESTIGATES  Key fobs have changed the way we start our cars. Instead of fumbling around for keys, you just hit the start button. But that convenience can come at a cost because just as easy as it is to start your car it’s just […]

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Collision Mitigation Advances

November 12, 2018

Fewer False Positives Among Improvements, Suppliers Say False positives have been greatly reduced as the technology has improved, Volvo Trucks says. (Volvo Trucks) Collision mitigation systems for trucks are becoming increasingly popular as they offer enhanced safety features, register fewer false activations and set the stage for increasing autonomous capabilities. When these systems first were […]

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What’s new — and what’s missing — in your next new car

October 10, 2018

By RONALD MONTOYA Edmunds Oct 10, 2018 Updated Oct 10, 2018 Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect […]

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