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12 States Have Advanced Tougher Distracted Driving Bills This Year

As auto accidents and fatalities increase on America’s roads, a dozen states have taken legislative action this year to further combat distracted driving. According to an analysis by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), nine states have enacted …

33% of Canadians Admit to ‘Dangerous Habit’ of Texting at Red Lights

One third (33 percent) of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light in the last month, reveals a poll from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). That is despite evidence that your mind could still be distracted …

U.S. Launches Safety Probe of Brakes on 2007-09 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan

U.S. safety regulators are investigating Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2007 to 2009 model years for brakes that may fail in certain conditions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday. There have been …

Insurance Institute’s Top Safety Pick List Shrinks Under New Headlight Standards

To help avoid deadly accidents, an insurance industry group raised standards for headlight performance, reducing the number of vehicles that earned its highest safety rating. Only 38 models were awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s designation of Top Safety …

U.S. Rule Requires Sound Alerts on Quiet Electric, Hybrid Cars

The U.S. government on Monday finalized long-delayed rules that will require “quiet cars” like electric vehicles and hybrids to emit alert sounds when they are moving at speeds of up to 18.6 miles per hour (30 km per hour) to …

Pennsylvania Law Requiring Rear-Facing Car Seats Takes Effect

Motorists in Pennsylvania must now make sure car seats face backward for all children until they’re two years old. The requirement is part of a new state law that went into effect Friday. It directs police to issue warnings for …

Many Weed-Smoking Canadian Drivers Say They Can Drive Unimpaired: Insurers

Almost half of weed-smoking Canadian drivers say that they can safely operate a vehicle while stoned. Among Canadians who have driven under the influence of marijuana, 44 percent don’t think it impacts their ability to drive safely, according to a …

Automatic Braking, Due by 2022 in U.S. Cars, Could Prevent 20% of All Crashes

Major automakers will announce Thursday they have agreed to install automatic emergency braking systems in nearly all U.S. vehicles by September 2022, three sources briefed on the plans said. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in September …

Auto Recalls in U.S. Passed 51 Million in 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. NHTSA and automakers have come under harsh criticism on auto safety issues …

U.S. Safety Officials Push Self-Braking Technology for Cars, Trains, Trucks

Safety officials want to see more technology used to reduce accidents on U.S. roads, airways and railroads. In its annual “Most Wanted” list, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging government regulators and industry to move more quickly to adopt …