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464 posts categorized "Safety - Child Safety"

November 19, 2014

Banner Booster Year: Better Child Seats

Iihs_booster-test-dummyBooster seats for children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seats continue to improve, according to the most recent safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

These ratings are meant to help parents decide which ones to buy. It can be a difficult task, since there are no federal standards to address how well booster seats are designed so that seatbelts, which are made for adults, fit properly on children who are too big for child safety seats.

Booster seats are meant to fill the gap between the time a child is too big for a forward-facing child safety seat with its internal harnesses, yet is too small for a vehicle's seat belts to fit correctly. Adult seat belts will not fit some children properly until about the age of 12. Booster seats raise toddlers and older children to help correctly position a vehicle's lap and shoulder belts, so that children are properly restrained in a crash.

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November 12, 2014

Child Safety Protection Month: Tips to Make Your Vehicle Child Friendly

Kids_car-thinkstock-78818433-sNovember is Child Safety Protection Month, during which many organizations will be sharing tips to ensure a safe environment for our children. While much of Child Safety Protection Month messaging promotes safety tips around the home, AskPatty joins with OnStar  to provide these following tips to help parents keep their children safe while riding in their car.

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November 10, 2014

What Do You Want to Know About The Takata AirBag Recall?

Airbag-thinkstock-92398905-sThe Takata airbag recall has been a high-profile item in the news lately, because it is said to affect more than 7.8 million vehicles in the United States, and as many as 12 million vehicles globally. And that number changes daily as manufacturers continue to add additional vehicles to the list.

Several Takata airbag defects are linked to injuries and deaths, including a faulty inflator that can explode too forcefully and hurl shards of shrapnel into the passenger compartment toward drivers and passengers.

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November 07, 2014

Drowsy Driving Week: Spotlight on Safety Features for your Car

Drowsy_driving-thinkstock-177246474-sToday's new cars are more comfortable and more entertaining than ever before, offering a slough of convenience features that help us be more efficient while we're on the road. However, they're also the most dangerous method of transportation. Did you know? Driving a car is the riskiest thing most people do in their day-to-day lives.

According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, nearly 80% of all crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Such types of inattention that increase crash risk include talking on a cell phone (increases risk by 30%); dialing a cell phone (increases risk by 300%); applying makeup (increases risk by 300%), and reaching for moving objects, like a falling cup (increases risk by 900%). Drowsy driving alone increases accident risk by 400% and is responsible for about 23% of all crashes and near-crashes.

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October 31, 2014

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips from AskPatty

Thinkstock-Halloween-139542892-sAccording to and the CDC, children are more than four times as likely to be killed by a car while trick-or-treating on Halloween night than at any other time of the year, and two-thirds of Halloween highway fatalities are alcohol related. 

Halloween is a dangerous night, but it doesn't have to be that way if you follow some simple safety tips. 

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October 30, 2014

OnStar Can Help You Escape When Monsters Attack

Chevy_OnStar_Halloween_SafetyIf your car gets swarmed by zombies, would you know what to do? While that question may seem far-fetched, Halloween car safety is an integral part of ensuring every little vampire and mummy gets home safely after trick-or-treating. 

Chevrolet and OnStar are sharing Halloween safety tips and three “Hey, they could happen!” OnStar calls for encounters with monsters and other creepy characters. 

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October 25, 2014

Ford’s ‘Drunk Suit’ Teaches Teens Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

DrivingSkillsForLife-drunk_suit-FORD_SV3_9775I’ve worn Ford’s “Drunk Suit,” and let me tell you this: It totally works. It didn’t seem like it would be so difficult when Ford gave me an opportunity to wear the funny-looking goggles and weights, but the lesson I learned was effective. If you've never been stumbling drunk, Ford's "Drunk Suit" will show you what it feels like.

A group of Los Angeles area bloggers were invited for an educational lunch and an opportunity to learn more about Ford’s “Drunk Suit.” While we were gathered, we also learned a bit about Ford’s “Driving Skills for Life” (DSFL) program, which educates teen drivers on the various hazards of operating a vehicle while distracted or impaired. Here’s an interesting factoid we learned from Officer Baldonado, the California Highway Patrolman who led our lunch: Did you know that in many states, ANY amount of alcohol in a teen’s blood system is enough to earn them a citation for driving under the influence?

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October 22, 2014

Did You Know? The Number One KILLER of Teens is Motor Vehicle CRASHES!

Safe-kids-usa-teen-driver-studyMy son is 21 now and no longer a teen driver, but this is still a subject that is close to my heart: More teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death, about 2,500 per year. Fatalities are split almost equally between teen drivers (56 percent) and passengers (44 percent), and in half of the fatal crashes, the teen was not wearing a seat belt.

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October 17, 2014

Here’s a New Way to Steal Cars: Stolen IDs

Car_thief-thinkstock-470758427-wsForget hot-wiring. As new technology makes it harder to steal cars the old-fashioned way, today’s thieves are using more sophisticated “white-collar” methods to get their hands on a set of wheels, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  

The NICB and its law enforcement partners report a growing number of these cases which, in legal terms, constitute financial fraud. Therefore, these stolen vehicles are not counted as auto thefts -- which may partially account for the steady decline in auto theft crime statistics over the past two decades.

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September 26, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Car Ready if Disaster Hits?

Holiday_Travel_Tips-driving_snow-TrueCar_pricing-Thinkstock_140452175Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, riots, or the proverbial “Zombie Apocalypse,” would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? If you were stranded in your car in a freak snowstorm, would you be prepared?  September is National Preparedness Month, and besides making sure your home is properly stocked for emergencies, AskPatty joins with The Car Care Council to remind drivers about the importance of having a well-stocked emergency kit in the car.

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