Tag: safety features

74 Posts

Buick Regal with deforming hood for pedestrian safety
Aug 14, 2017

Pedestrians: If You're Going to be Hit by an American Car, Make Sure it's a Buick Regal

Jim Motavalli

The U.S. has lagged behind Europe and Japan on pedestrian safety, but now things are looking up. Buick is introducing a safer hood on the 2018 Regal.

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How to Find a Car with All the Safety Bells and Whistles
Jun 20, 2017

How to Find a Car with All the Safety Bells and Whistles

Dear Car Talk

Jennifer's family wants the safest car possible for her dad. What features should she consider?

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Smart traction control
Feb 03, 2017

Spin Control: Smart All-Wheel-Drive Is Your Friend

Jim Motavalli

A day of slipping and sliding at snowed-in Lime Rock Park in a Buick Envision demonstates the value of electronic stability control.

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Features that didn't used to be standard in cars
Oct 19, 2016

Hardly Worth Mentioning: Features We Take for Granted

Jim Motavalli

Once upon a time, a radio and heater were exciting car options. In today's highly equipped auto market, we don't get excited about air conditioning, automatics, power windows and doors or cruise control.

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why do seat belts click in the middle of the seat and not the sides
Sep 29, 2016

Short Grandmas and Hidden Seat Belts

Dear Car Talk

Susan has a heck of a time belting in the grandkids' booster seats. Has anyone invented a better way to reach those buried fasteners?

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why does my car automatically slow down after turning a corner
Aug 16, 2016

Ray Offers a Couple of Final Suggestions before Eldorado Is Ditched

Dear Car Talk

Can Ray help Arlene's Eldorado come to its senses? It's been veering towards fences for so long.

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what's the safest way to navigate multilane highways
Jul 12, 2016

Surviving the Superhighway Free-For-All

Dear Car Talk

Virginia's cross-country trip convinced her that freeways are a moving mosh pit. What's the best way to stay safe on the highway?

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Jul 12, 2016

Bye-Bye Blind Spots: Japan Green Lights Cameras Replacing Outside Mirrors

Jim Motavalli

It won't be long before the outside rearview mirror--primitive tech that's noisy, heavy and an aerodynamic nightmare--is history around the world. 

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which newfangled safety features are worth investing in
Jul 05, 2016

Which Safety Features are Worth It?

Dear Car Talk

Mike and Marcia want to know how much of the new safety gadgetry is actually useful, and how much just pads the bottom line?

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what car is safest to prevent injuries in a rear-end accident
Jun 16, 2016

Help! My Tank Keeps Getting Rear-Ended!

Dear Car Talk

Paige has been rear-ended twice in an older pickup truck and it's getting old---not just the truck, but the accidents. What can newer vehicles offer that are better than the faithful old tank she's driving now?

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