Car Safety and Regulatory Devices

In the Safety & Regulatory Devices section you'll find tools and technology intended to keep drivers and passengers safe, from car seats and airbags to red-light camera technology.

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A software update from Ford heats cars up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit to help police officers reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus in their patrol fleet.

By Cherise Threewitt

Dashcams are inexpensive and easy to install. And they might be provide critical evidence if you're involved in a car accident. So why don't you have one?

By Cherise Threewitt

The Green Mountain State has introduced a bill to allow motorists to include emojis on their license plates. And we are totally on board.

By Cherise Threewitt

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School buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road. But most also don't have seat belts, leaving the children inside vulnerable to injury in a crash.

By Cherise Threewitt

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to mandate technology that could end drunk driving as we know it by 2024.

By Cherise Threewitt

Who needs the DMV? If Texas HB 409 passes, parents could soon bypass it altogether and make their novice teens legal to drive.

By Cherise Threewitt

These personal air bags can help anyone prone to falling, including motorcyclists, horseback riders and senior citizens.

By Cherise Threewitt

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The van driven by the recent pipe bombing suspect was literally covered from top to bottom with right-wing stickers. But, for the average law-abiding citizen, how many bumper stickers is too many?

By Oisin Curran

Ever get red light after red light when you're driving? Often, it's because traffic lights aren't synced to each other. But would doing so really fix traffic problems?

By Dave Roos

We've all been there. The stoplight won't change and you've got places to be. Do you run it or just wait, wait and wait?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

When it comes to cracking down on lead-foot drivers, these states aren't playing around.

By Cherise Threewitt

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It may seem unfair that cops can lie in wait for speeding motorists, but legally, speed traps aren't entrapment. Still, some states have imposed laws to limit their use as a revenue source.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Car manufacturers don't issue recalls without good reason. Why do some people ignore them?

By Cherise Threewitt

A new law requires all cars manufactured in the EU be equipped with eCall system that will alert authorities after a crash.

By Cherise Threewitt

It's freezing when you get into your car and you notice a light on your dashboard saying, 'check tire pressure.' You figure it's something to do with the cold, but must you fill up the tires fast?

By Alia Hoyt

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Traffic hotspots costs drivers billions of dollars in wasted time. So what are cities doing to help alleviate them?

By Cherise Threewitt

Although driving in inclement weather with your car's hazards flashing seems like a great idea, it might be both illegal and ill-advised.

By Jesslyn Shields

Depending on where you live and what you drive, a car alarm can be worthwhile. Here's how to know.

By Dave Roos

You wouldn''t do that (right?) but we bet you've been behind people who switched lanes without a signal.

By Dave Roos

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Nudging a thermostat, pushing an elevator button and pressing a crosswalk control are satisfying ways to control the environment around us… right? Right?

By Laurie L. Dove

The carmaker has been talking about fatality-free vehicles for a decade. How's that going?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

You watch somebody zip right through an obvious speed trap — but there are CDs all over the dash and the hubcaps are covered in foil. Is that car really ticket-proof?

By Cherise Threewitt

So you've been pulled over by the police, and they've put a breathalyzer in your face. Your friends once said you could beat it by sticking a penny in your mouth. Does it really work?

By Cherise Threewitt

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We don't give them a second thought now, but when airbags were first introduced, they were controversial. But did they actually make cars less safe?

By Cherise Threewitt

There's no doubt that airbags are one of the great achievements in automotive safety technology. But could they actually end up hurting or killing the people they're supposed to protect?

By Jamie Page Deaton