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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

Seatbelts are a way of life for most of us, but some think it's safer to go without them. Could following the rules and wearing a seatbelt actually end up killing you?

By Jamie Page Deaton

Many cars today have all-wheel-drive systems, which you might think would help cars handle better on ice. But while all-wheel drive can help you get started on icy roads, it doesn't improve traction, which is what you really need.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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Car ads show all-wheel-drive vehicles plowing through snowy roads and fields, thanks to their "extra grip" and "secure handling." Is all-wheel drive all we need to stay safe on snowy roads?

By Jamie Page Deaton

One winter driving trick that some people swear by is underinflating tires. It gives you more traction, which is what you need on snowy roads. But is this a solid strategy or a tip you can skip?

By Jamie Page Deaton

Cell phones have long been thought to be a possible cause of gas-station fires. But there's actually another culprit ... and another reason you should keep your phone holstered while you're at the pump.

By Jamie Page Deaton

You might have heard that a firefighter in Ohio was injured (or maybe even killed) after accidentally deploying a side-impact airbag while using a slim jim to unlock a car door. But is the tale true? Is that even possible?

By Cherise Threewitt

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Getting rear-ended or T-boned in a car crash isn't quite the same as getting shot at, is it? Find out if a stray bullet to the fuel tank will turn your vehicle into the car-b-que you imagine it will.

By Cherise Threewitt

At a time when the typical car took 43 months to design and build, the Pinto was ready in just 25. Sure, mistakes were made — but did the subcompact car from Ford really explode when hit from behind?

By Cherise Threewitt

When you've got to get somewhere, it's easy to make some rash decisions, but is switching lanes a reliable one?

By Bambi Turner

Some worry that more flexible marijuana laws will cause a spate of stoned drivers taking to the roadways. While driving impaired is dangerous regardless of the substance or amount taken, stoned driving is not the same as drunk driving.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Do you dream of buying your little girl an adorable vintage convertible Beetle (maybe in pink?). Or restoring an old Camaro while you bond over Bondo? Well snap out of it. There's a better way to choose your kid's first car.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

They're less experienced. They chronically underestimate dangerous situations, and some feel the need to speed or drink and drive. But does that mean more teens perish behind the wheel?

By John Perritano

It used to be a rite of passage in America: turn 16 and get your driver's license. But the number of teen drivers has decreased as license requirements have gotten stricter. If your teen passes them, does that mean he or she is ready to drive solo?

By Julia Layton

Vehicle fires account for nearly one of every eight fires reported. But cars don't just burst into flames like we see in the movies. So how do they catch fire?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Cherise Threewitt

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Most safety and regulatory devices within your car or truck operate so seamlessly that you may never even know that they're active. So how do you know when your vehicle's traction control system is working?

By Jamie Page Deaton & Kristen Hall-Geisler

Generally speaking, a well-maintained, modern car is safe to drive. But what if something fails? What happens if road or weather conditions quickly change? Do you know what to do?

By Christopher Lampton

Over the next few years, your commute just might get a lot more comfortable -- all in the name of safety, of course. Will Volvo's traffic jam assistance system really alleviate traffic jams?

By Cherise Threewitt

When you're driving, your eyes are on the road, your hands are busy steering the car, and your feet are making you stop and go. So what part of your body could still take in new information?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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You may have noticed that one of the lights on your console is shaped like a tire with an exclamation point in the middle. This is a tire pressure monitoring system, which lets you know if your tires are underinflated.

By Eric Baxter

Few of us will ever have to bail out of a fighter jet mid-flight; however, it's comforting to know that similar seatbelt technology will keep you anchored during a head-on car collision.

By Akweli Parker

Every auto manufacturer approaches the problem of blind-spot detection in a slightly different manner. Some are high-tech and others are low-tech. Which do you prefer?

By Christopher Lampton

Head-up displays are much more than just a novelty or a new way of viewing navigation directions. In fact, HUDs could very well be one of the best safety systems your car has ever seen.

By Christopher Neiger

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The LATCH system makes it easier to select and install a car seat. But there are still important choices for you to make -- and actions for you to take -- to ensure your child's safety.

By Cherise Threewitt

That pesky hiding place near your car's rear fenders is known as the blind spot -- and yes, it's dangerous. But if you follow these mirror adjustment tips, it'll never bother you again.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler