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Backseat: Consumer Reports presents its 2021-2022 ranking

2021 Toyota Sienna
Consumer Reports has just released a brand-new rating on backseat occupant safety, which is often overlooked in safety evaluations because they are mostly concentrated on the front row or outside the vehicle. This new evaluation by the organization is therefore interesting at a time when...

IIHS Finds Curves A Challenge For Driver Assistance Features

Drivers vastly less likely to use assistance tech in tight highway corners Data shows better curve handling could increase safety Advanced driver assistance features are being foiled by a major challenge on roadways that are limiting their safety benefits, says the IIHS. That challenge?...

US Regulators to Require AV and Driver Assistance Crash Reports

Sierra Denali Super Cruise
NHTSA wants more data on driver assistance crashes Would impose penalties for failures to comply The government is asking for more crash data from automakers in order to try and increase automated driving safety. The NHTSA is making it mandatory for automakers to supply...

Renown Canadian Consumer Watchdog Rates Best And Worst Engines

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Automobile Protection Association has accumulated reliability data for decades. The results are also supported by repair shops and a warranty company. Good engines when new do not always make reliable mills. The Automobile Protection Association (APA) and Protégez-Vous are two established respected groups...

IIHS Says New Tests Making Automakers Bin Inferior Headlights

IIHS shows massive lighting improvements since tests started Higher-rated lights required to reach Five years after starting to test automotive headlights, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that automakers are beginning to ditch inferior headlights for options that better illuminate the road (and...

IIHS Says 70+ Drivers Now Safer Than Middle-Aged Behind Wheel

Over 70 now in fewer reported crashes than 35-54 for first time Drops in crashes per mile and driver, while number of 70+ drivers increases A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that drivers in their 70s are now...

2020 SEMA Show Cancelled

Mounting uncertainty due to COVID-19 has forced the cancellation. A virtual trade show might be an alternative for this year. One of the greatest car shows in the world, SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has just announced that there will be no event...

ECCO Provides EVs With A Signature Sound

2020 Kia Soul EV
The NHTSA will require that hybrids and EVs generate a “minimum sound”. ECCO’s Electric Vehicle Alert System (EVAS) technology will help manufacturers comply with the regulation. Electric vehicles and hybrids can operate in extreme silence which can be dangerous for pedestrians. In order to avoid...

This 1976 Article Against Seatbelt Laws Shows How Far We’ve Come, Or Not

Seatbelt article
A 1976 article from a French-Canadian newspaper argues against seatbelt legislation Many of the themes of the article are relevant today as face coverings are becoming mandatory in many places A 1976 article published in a defunct newspaper in Quebec shows how far we've...

Is It Safe To Wear A Mask Or Face Covering When Driving Your Car?

Face mask when driving
There's no legislation on wearing a mask or protective face covering when driving Drivers should use common sense and determine if keeping the mask is safer than removing it Wearing a mask out in public and using a face covering to protect ourselves and...