Tag: safety

172 Posts

May 09, 2016

The Safest State for Teen Drivers? Can You Believe It's Massachusetts?

Jim Motavalli

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, but Massachusetts is bucking the trend. How? Strict regulation of how kids get their tickets to ride. The safest states delay full licensing, require lots of on-the-road training, and limit how many partying friends can ride along.

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can you make a fifty year old car as safe as one released this year
May 04, 2016

Is this "Millennial" Falcon a Safe Bet?

Dear Car Talk

Can an older car be upgraded to more modern safety standards? Ken's friend has his sights set on an older Ford Falcon. Is it family car material?

accidents airbags safety safety features

Apr 27, 2016

Can Automakers Be Trusted? Probably Not--And It Really Matters

Jim Motavalli

The scandals are mounting, and as we move toward self-driving cars its critical that carmakers play it straight. The software has to work.

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Apr 06, 2016

Americans Driving More, Having More Accidents--in Gas Guzzlers

Jim Motavalli

Cheap gas makes it easier to maintain the family budget, but it's propelling us into long road trips in our new SUVs.

gasoline safety

Apr 04, 2016

A Victory for Consumers! Online Safety Data Will Save You Money (and Maybe Your Life)

Jim Motavalli

The federal safety agency is going to post everything, including technical service bulletins with information that could get your car fixed free of charge.


is an occasional transmission slip dangerous
Mar 01, 2016

Is It Safe To Drive Car With Slipping Transmission?

Dear Car Talk

The transmission on Bill's 2000 Volvo V70 is slipping. Is it safe to keep driving it? Car Talk's take, right here.

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Prius C has an uncomfortable headrest
Nov 24, 2015

Today: New Prius Headrest is a Pain in the Neck

Dear Car Talk

Jeannette loves her new Prius C except for one thing: the headrest. It's screwing with her posture and can't be adjusted. Can Car Talk help?

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Cars using radar to avoid hitting animals
Dec 02, 2015

Radar Love: Can Radar Prevent Car/Wildlife Collisions?

Kieran Lindsey

Nothing ruins a scenic drive quite like running into an elk or a moose. Can radar help? Find out here!

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The safest crates and harnesses for dogs.
Oct 06, 2015

Today: No Flying Dogs


Are all pet restraints equally effective? The scoop from Car Talk's pet experts, crash test videos, and more, right here.

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Aug 18, 2015

Highway Deaths Up in 2015, and Lots of "Cheap Gas" Driving Is the Cause

Jim Motavalli

Cars are safer than they've ever been, drunk driving is down and seatbelt use is up, so only miles traveled explains it.