Auto Regulator Has 51 People Tracing 250 Million Cars

The NHTSA office reviews consumer complaints for the continuously changing makes and models, which includes 15.4 million newly registered cars and light trucks last year alone, according to IHS Automotive. The agency reviews more than 40,000 consumer complaints a year, which it codes by automotive part, make and model year. Its using more sophisticated data analysis tools, including software provided by International Business Machines Corp. , to find critical content and search for patterns, Naylor said. Its also rolling out new tools for consumers to be able to notify the agency about potential safety defects, he said. Dwindling Staff The Office of Defects Investigation has 51 employees, with more than half being investigators, according to agency data. The number of people working in four divisions that investigate defects was 28 last year, including seven who specialize in trucks. Thats down from 31 in 2002.
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Learning The Basics for Car Safety

Either that, or they think that nothing is going to happen to their kid.” Durbin said, however, that “for a lot of poorer families, transportation is complicated.” Many do not own cars and have to borrow from friends or relatives, and it is difficult to lug car seats around, he said. “For a lot of urban families, automotive safety may not rank as a top priority, among food, shelter and violence prevention.” A 2008 Children’s study compared communities with similar socioeconomic characteristics in Norristown and York. In Norristown, information about using booster seats for older children was put in beauty salons, health departments, and faith-based groups. Educational sessions were held in schools and daycare centers. A local fire department offered free booster seats to the first 250 people who attended a meeting where a car-safety video, No Regrets, was shown. None of this was done for the control group in York. Six months after the educational campaign ended, the researchers found a 28 percent increase in booster seat use in the Norristown group, compared with no change in York. And as a bonus, more Norristown adults were found to be using seat belts after the campaign. The study, said Arbogast, proves that the key to reaching the unpersuaded is to enlist messengers respected by their communities.
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BMW M4 is new MotoGP safety car

March 26, 2014 – Getting out of a sticky situation can be as easy as knowing how to jump start your car. That was the message at Tires for Less as folks gathered for a hands on car care demonstration. From oil changes tofixing a flat tire, or just checking your tire pressure, the group went through the basics of car maintenance and avoiding being stranded. Mechanics showed different tools and how to use them as well as stressing the importance of having an emergency kit in your car. It’s all about information and empowerment. Organizers are hoping to hold the basic car care demonstrations at least twice a year. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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10 best values in family cars, 2014

Will you be adding to your family? Will you be helping out your aging parents? Will your kids start school, making you part of the carpooling crowd? Safety, safety, safety: Look into the car’s safety features. 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?
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More to car seat safety than just strapping kids in

Autos 10 best values in family cars, 2014 By Jessica L. Anderson 11 hours ago 0 shares Best Values in Family Cars, 2014 MORE AT KIPLINGER.COM 10 Best Values in New Car Models The words safety first may seem cliched, but safety is the top factor we consider when we compile our list of family-friendly vehicles. Our picks must get high scores in our annual rankings for overall value, performance and safety, plus they must earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Because six airbags, stability control and traction control are standard features on most vehicles now, were raising the bar on safety equipment for our winners. They also have to offer either a forward-collision warning system or a rearview camera as standard or optional equipment (see How to Buy a Safe Car for more). Our selections range from sedans to crossovers with a nod to traditional family haulers, such as minivans and wagons. We list the entry-level trim so you have an idea of what it costs to get the model, and you can add options from there. Click image above for slideshow . {Related video: Refreshed Honda Odyssey, vacuum included] Transportation
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Car-Buying Tips for Families: Features To Consider in a Family Car


This is the 16th year that BMW M is part of the MotoGP. With 18 races on the calendar, the M4 will be kept busy throughout the year. 2014 is the first year that the M4 will be used as the Safety Car. The car will be loaded with M performance accessories. With six-cylinder turbo power, the M4 will be keeping its speed up on the circuit. The M3 and M4 also featured reduced weight and tires that have been tested on thousands of Nurburgring Nordschliefe laps. Related Stories: Toyota i-Road hits the streets in first public trial Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.
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