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These ratings are meant to help parents decide which ones to buy. It can be a difficult task, since there are no federal standards to address how well booster seats are designed so that seatbelts, which are made for adults, fit properly on children who are too big for child safety seats.
Booster seats are meant to fill the gap between the time a child is too big for a forward-facing child safety seat with its internal harnesses, yet is too small for a vehicle's seat belts to fit correctly. Adult seat belts will not fit some children properly until about the age of 12. Booster seats raise toddlers and older children to help correctly position a vehicle's lap and shoulder belts, so that children are properly restrained in a crash.
Those of us who were children of the 1980s and had a Midwestern experience at some point might remember multi-fuel-capable GM trucks. The one summer that I spent working a seasonal job in Colorado, there was another employee from Nebraska who had a Chevy pickup modified to run on gasoline and propane. The details of how the air-fuel mix was adjusted for switchover escape me, but the concept was to save money at the pump and extend overall range. In the Eighties, it was a long way between service stations in western Nebraska.
November has lots of stuff going on! It's the month we raise awareness of Child Safety Protection and Drowsy Driving Prevention, and attend SEMA and AAPEX in Las Vegas early in the month, and the Connected Car Expo and Los Angeles Auto Show later in the month. It's a good time to enjoy football tailgating and prepare our cars for Winter before it gets too cold.
Let's not forget "Go for a Ride" day on November 22, and Thanksgiving on the 27th. "Movember" also brings facial hair beneath the noses of the men we know and love as they commit to growing and supporting moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health. We'll also be ushering in the holiday season and gift guides at month's end.
November is Child Safety Protection Month, during which many organizations will be sharing tips to ensure a safe environment for our children. While much of Child Safety Protection Month messaging promotes safety tips around the home, AskPatty joins with OnStar to provide these following tips to help parents keep their children safe while riding in their car.
The Takata airbag recall has been a high-profile item in the news lately, because it is said to affect more than 7.8 million vehicles in the United States, and as many as 12 million vehicles globally. And that number changes daily as manufacturers continue to add additional vehicles to the list.
Several Takata airbag defects are linked to injuries and deaths, including a faulty inflator that can explode too forcefully and hurl shards of shrapnel into the passenger compartment toward drivers and passengers.
Today's new cars are more comfortable and more entertaining than ever before, offering a slough of convenience features that help us be more efficient while we're on the road. However, they're also the most dangerous method of transportation. Did you know? Driving a car is the riskiest thing most people do in their day-to-day lives.
According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, nearly 80% of all crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Such types of inattention that increase crash risk include talking on a cell phone (increases risk by 30%); dialing a cell phone (increases risk by 300%); applying makeup (increases risk by 300%), and reaching for moving objects, like a falling cup (increases risk by 900%). Drowsy driving alone increases accident risk by 400% and is responsible for about 23% of all crashes and near-crashes.
Proceeds from the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.