More To Car Seat Safety Than Just Strapping Kids In

75% of MN children are not properly restrained in a car

And other studies have found that three out of four car seats are improperly used, which also puts children at great risk. Even so, she said, state safety seat laws based on age have been key in reducing child deaths in car accidents. The impetus to change the laws began in the mid-1990s when dozens of children riding in front passenger seats were killed by airbags, said Dennis Durbin, a pediatrician and co-scientific director of Children’s injury research center. That galvanized advocates and experts, Durbin said. Their success can be measured in the dramatic decline in deaths, he said. But more work is needed to figure out how to pierce the financial and racial barriers that have kept the message from getting through. “People have always assumed that racial and ethnic minorities don’t use car seats because they can’t afford them,” said Durbin, but that assumption is no longer true. As Wiles learned, there are plenty of places, including Philadelphia’s public health department and Children’s hospital, where low-income residents can get car seats at little or no cost. She has also attended a free 20-minute class on how to properly attach child seats to the fixed latches that have come in every car since 2002. “People have excuses,” Wiles said, “but they’re just being lazy.
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Car-Buying Tips for Families: Features To Consider in a Family Car

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The models in question use the same ignition switch and belong to an older (2003-2007) generation. GM discontinued production of Pontiacs in 2009 and of Saturn vehicles and the Cobalt in 2010. A MYSTERY. But why did it take GM ten years to issue a recall? Its a mystery that the United States Justice Department has begun investigating. A panel of the House of Representatives that oversees consumer product safety will hold hearings in a few weeks while a House committee announced it would conduct its own investigation and hearings and sent letters to GM and the NHTSA demanding extensive records. The recall is a major embarrassment not only for GM, but also for the NHTSA which failed to open a broader investigation after probing two of the Cobalt crashes. The safety agency, under mounting pressure over its own failure to act on complaints about the recalled GM cars, defended itself, saying that the data available to them at the time did not contain sufficient evidence of a possible safety defect trend that would warrant the agency opening a formal investigation. But a former NHTSA associate administrator for enforcement who retired in 1997 said that GMs 2005 technical service bulletins to dealers recommending that they advise owners to remove unessential items from their key chain should have resulted in a priority investigation. Reports and complaints from owners had indicated that if a knee hit the ignition switch or the key ring was too heavy, it could turn off the engine and the cars electrical system and disable the airbags. The Center for Auto Safety said that GM should have recalled the vehicles no later than 2007. Federal law requires a manufacturer to inform the NHTSA of its plan for a recall within five business days after it becomes aware of a safety problem, or face a civil fine.
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Auto safety agency asleep at the wheel, critics say

The car just received its safety stripes from IIHS, bagging a Top Safety Pick Plus rating. That rating is of course the highest 2014 safety rating available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and means the A3 Sedan achieved Good rating in all the rigorous crash tests, including Moderate Overlap Front Test, Side Test, Roof Strength Test, Head Restraints Test, and Small Overlap Front. This comes as no surprise to those who know about the advanced features of the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan. The car comes as standard with Audi pre sense basic system which senses when a crash is imminent and adjusts the onboard safety gear for optimum performance. There is also an optional technology pack, which adds Audi active lane assist, Audi pre sense front and adaptive cruise control with stop and go. The A3 also introduces secondary collision brake assist and is the only vehicle to offer this system as a standard feature. The system automatically brakes the car after a collision so as to prevent a secondary collision. The all-new Audi A3 sedan goes on sale in April 2014 and will be priced from $29,900. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs 75% of MN children are not properly restrained in a car On any given day in Minnesota, three out of four kids are not properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. KARE Melissa Colorado, KARE 10:47 a.m. EDT March 26, 2014 SHARE 25 CONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – On any given day in Minnesota, three out of four kids are not properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. The startling statistic has pushed 400 law enforcement agencies to launch the “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs from March 21-30. Minnesota law requires that parents use a car seat or booster for any child under the age of 8. “No one wants to put their child in harm’s way. A lot of times the instructions for car seat are really confusing,” said Heather Darby, a Child & Passenger Safety/Occupant Protection Coordinator with the Department of Public Safety.
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The late safety recall mystery: GM’s massive US recall

She calls it a “don’t ask, don’t tell mentality.” NHTSA doesn’t ask the auto companies what they know about safety problems and when it does learn about them, it doesn’t tell the public, said Claybrook, who is now president emeritus of Public Citizen , a consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader.. “It’s not transparent; it’s not open and it’s very secretive,” she said. “It has all sorts of steps that it insists be taken before it can even open an investigation, which is ridiculous.” Claybrook insists NHTSA had enough information in 2007 to demand a recall of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches. The agency had consumer complaints, and reports from its own investigators. It even had service bulletins GM sent to its dealers outlining the problem. “The agency did not open an investigation in the GM Cobalt case and in many other cases, I believe, because they decided that unless they had everything handed to them on a silver platter in terms of evidence and information, they didn’t have to act. And that’s just completely incorrect,” Claybrook said in an interview. Sean Kane, a safety advocate and president of Safety Research & Strategies , has sued NHTSA four times in the past few years to get access to documents on incident investigations. He says the agency needs better practices and procedures.
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2015 Audi A3 Sedan Receives Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

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Check out crash-test ratings, airbag numbers and locations (do the side curtain airbags extend rearward to protect third-row passengers?), and other standard and optional active and passive safety features. Storage: A good variety of compartment space will help keep the family car clutter-free. Activity trays, cupholders and in-door bottleholders allow kids to be independent and keep Mom or Dad’s attention on the road. The cargo area needs to be big enough to comfortably fit the stuff you haul regularly (hockey equipment, Sam’s Club hauls). Make sure the stroller fits in the cargo area and can be lifted in and out easily. Will the roof rails be able to handle the weight your family needs for skis, bikes and storage boxes? Getting in and out: Transporting elderly parents or small children? Look for a low step-in height and a grab handle by the window or above it. Installing a child-safety seat?
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