Last Week in Car Safety News – the week ending 11 October

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New Safety Technologies are Confounding Buyers

If you have purchased a new car recently, even standard models, you often come across technologies that most Americans are not used to, including blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, auto braking features and lane departure warnings that. Although there is proof that these features definitely lower accident and claim rates, they are becoming confusing for many new drivers.

This confusion according to some studies, without driver education of the technologies result in the drivers simply turning those features off. If you are looking at buying a vehicle in the near future, be prepared for a major education in order to take advantage of these technologies. Different manufacturers offer different ways for implementing the technologies and they are not all the same. With car manuals ballooning with legalese, you may be better off getting a technology lesson from the dealer as part of your purchase.

Less than 60% of Child Safety Seats fit properly!

Child Safety Seats

A recently published study showed that although every child safety seat meets or exceeds federal safety regulations, the seats themselves may not fit properly in a large proportion of manufacturer’s car seats. The fact that the seats may not fit properly or the proper angles line up between the seat’s base and the car seat angle can actually reduce the safety effectiveness of the seats.

In the study conducted by the Ohio State University College of Medicine, 3600 possible configurations between 61 vehicles and 59 child safety seats were studied based on the specifications of the vehicle and safety seats and found some alarming results. Less than 60% of all configurations of rear-facing infant seats resulted in a proper fit and just over 60% of forward facing car seats bases fit properly within a car’s seat layout. Before buying a new safety seat it is recommended to check out the angles of the car and child seat as well as size of each to ensure a proper fit.

Toyota reveals Self-Driving Safety Tech

Toyota reveals Self-Driving Safety TechAuto manufacturers are in a race to become the first to release a fully autonomous safe driving vehicle. Most are targeting 2020 as the release dates of vehicles that will include much more advanced safety technology than the typical passive crash avoidance technologies that we are seeing today.

Toyota took their first big leap forward by unveiling its ITS Connect system that is an autonomous driving system that actually communicates with other vehicles on the road to promote an active safety feature. This allows the active scanning of blind spots, warnings of traffic light changing, ability to change lanes autonomously and to keep a safe distance from cars. Toyota says these are the basis technologies needed to be able to meet the 2020 target date for a fully autonomous driving vehicle.

These are largest stories in car safety for the week ending 11 October 2015.

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