The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed Thursday that brake override systems be made mandatory in all new vehicles. The proposal comes as a fallout to large-scale Toyota recalls in 2009 and 2010 for deadly, unintended accelerations. Override braking system required Under the NHTSA proposal, all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. would Read on! →


Ford announced a party piece for the new Escape crossover SUV, a “kick-to-open” tailgate that uses a proximity sensor to trigger a powered rear tailgate. The option is proving popular, as a number of people ordering a new Escape have been electing for it. Kuga town Ford announced some time ago that the company was Read on! →


You can’t be an industry leader in automotive sales if you don’t have cars in the game. Hyundai understands this, which is why the South Korean automaker is making a big push to increase public inventory in the U.S. market. According to CEO John Krafcik of Hyundai North America, the automaker will provide U.S. dealers Read on! →


Distracted driving is a killer, leading to thousands of accidents and deaths every year. A British study asserts the worst thing one can do is eating behind the wheel, which can interfere with drivers more than cell phones or driving drunk. Reaction time hampered most by sandwich Numerous campaigns are aimed at reducing “distracted driving.” Read on! →


In order to make weight in the Environmental Protection Agency’s CAFE standards race for fuel economy, automakers look to go with lighter, yet still durable materials. That’s why Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Dow Chemical Co.’s automotive division to develop cost-effective uses of carbon fiber in high-volume car and truck production, reports Reuters. Carbon Read on! →


A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that only about one in five cars are easy to install a car seat in. The survey, carried out in conjunction with the University of Michigan, found most car makers don’t install the LATCH anchor system very well. Mandated yet frustrating In 2002, according Read on! →


In a rare, regionally targeted recall campaign, General Motors Company is asking the owners of some of its crossover SUVs from various divisions to bring in their vehicles and have the windshield wipers looked at. Only owners who live in the northern states are affected. Recall targets colder regions The problem stems from a nut Read on! →


China, the world’s largest auto market, is a needed territory for automakers. And while sales were up in March, a drop in the quarterly numbers has some car makers concerned. Sales down for quarter 1 According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, auto sales in the Asian nation were down to 4.79 million units for Read on! →


For parents, there are few things more important than safe-guarding their child’s safety while driving. A British company has created a new seat, called the Carkoon, which uses an airbag to shield the occupant in the event of a crash. The hidden danger Thousands of people die every year from injuries sustained in car crashes, Read on! →


Has the unchecked cost of fuel forced you to dial back on your road time? Well, don’t hold your breath, but you may be catching a break soon. Some industry analysts are saying that gas prices have peaked and will soon be falling. Average $3.92 per gallon The national average price of gas on Wednesday Read on! →