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Experts See Gradual Transition to Accident-Free Driving

As millions of cars are under recall for potentially lethal air bags, designers are trying to reduce the need for the device – using sensors, radar, cameras and lasers to prevent collisions in the first place. With driver error blamed …

Symposium Panelists Say New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said …

High-Speed Tesla Crash Tests Electric Car Safety

A man who stole a Tesla Model S on July 4 in Los Angeles died this week from injuries sustained in a high-speed crash that hurt at least seven other people. Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, California, died on …

1 in 7 Cars on Road Have Unrepaired Defect

Even with U.S. auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there’s a good chance many of the vehicles won’t get fixed. About a third of all recalled cars and trucks don’t get repaired, …

Auto Recalls On Rise Following Toyota-GM Cases

Recall first, ask questions later. After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. — two of the largest carmakers — were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls …

For Safety Advocates, GM Recall Highlights Cuts in Government Investigations

The U.S. office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it. While no one has connected cuts …

Insurance Institute Cites Top Cars for Crash Avoidance

Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Subaru earned the highest marks in a new front crash avoidance test program developed for the U.S. insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, rated 2013-2014 vehicles …

Maine Car Buyers Warned to Avoid Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True

Maine residents in the market for a new car are being warned to stay away from deals that appear too good to be true. Experts say some of the estimated 250,000 vehicles damaged during flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy are …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Va. Plans $30M Expansion

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is planning a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus. Chief administrative officer Joe Nolan tells The Daily Progress that the project includes a new, larger outdoor test track and a new indoor test …

Top 10 Car Technologies For Mature Drivers

Smart headlights, emergency response systems and reverse monitoring features rank highest in car technologies that benefit mature drivers, according to researchers at The Hartford and the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Since drivers over the age of …