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How Occupant Classification Systems Work

Airbags have saved more than 27,000 lives since 1990, yet they still have detractors because of their danger to children. Occupant Classification Systems detect exactly who -- or what -- is sitting in your passenger seat.

Car Safety Pictures

Our car safety image gallery shows you car safety features, crash testing, and other technology intended to keep drivers and passengers safe. And some features you may not have heard about.

Why is it still necessary to crash test vehicles?

There's always going to be some risk involved with automobile travel. Crash testing helps remove some of that risk. However, given the availability of modern computer modeling, is it still necessary to destroy actual vehicles?

Have crash tests ever used live (or dead) human occupants?

A lot of engineering goes into crash test dummies. But as advanced as crash test dummies are, they can't tell researchers everything that happens in a crash. That's where human crash test dummies come in.

How Crumple Zones Work

Did you know that parts of your car are built with special structures designed to be damaged, crumpled, crushed and broken? These components redistribute the force of an impact before it reaches the vehicle's passengers.

Top 10 Car Summer Maintenance Tips

It's time to take your family to the beach. But take care of your car's summer maintenance. Don't let this be the year you get stranded on the side of the road.

Can a car really be death-proof?

What if your car came with a guarantee that you'd never die while driving or riding in it? It sounds far-fetched, but one company is promising such a car by 2020.

Will your next car wake you up when you fall asleep at the wheel?

Strong coffee? That's the old-fashioned way to stay awake behind the wheel. Future generations of cars will be equipped with high-tech features to rouse sleepy drivers.

Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips

Just like you need to bundle up in the winter, your car requires a little extra love to function at its best in cold weather. Here are 10 of the best ways to winterize your car.

What if I threw my car into reverse while I was driving?

Ever wondered what would happen to your transmission (and car) if you accidentally popped your gearshift into reverse while driving? The answer may surprise you.

What if I never changed the oil in my car?

The oil in a car is a necessity that keeps things lubricated and running smooth. But what happens if you never change it? And how long can you really go?

How Traffic Works

On average, you might spend up to two weeks sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic this year. While some say the answer is to build more roads others say that's just inviting more traffic congestion.

How Road Rage Works

Take a 3000-pound car, add a dash of traffic, and lots of frustration and what do you have? A potentially dangerous emotional state called road rage. Learn how you can negotiate the roads without blowing your top or someone else's.

How Speedometers Work

Speedometers have been around since the early 1900s when cars began to grow in popularity and (literally) outpace the horse-drawn carriage.

How Traffic Tickets Work

Traffic tickets are the bane of some motorists, but they exist to enforce driving laws and to encourage safe driving. Learn about traffic tickets including what's on a ticket what happens during a traffic stop and how to fight a ticket.

How DUI Works

We all know DUI is a problem, and for many, a tragedy. So how do blood alcohol levels, police procedures and DUI punishment work? What can you do to keep your friends and family safe when you've been out drinking?

Car Seats: Fast Facts

Car seats: Get fast facts on car seat safety and easy-to-read explanations on harnesses the LATCH system and what to look for when buying car seats.

How Self-parking Cars Work

With parking space limited in big cities, squeezing your car into a tiny space is a vital skill. Learn how self-parking cars can remove the difficulty stress and uncertainty of this chore.

SUV Safety

In this article, we'll look at the safety reputations of SUVs, find out what safety features to look for when purchasing an SUV and get some SUV driving tips.

Rollover Accidents Explained

By far the deadliest risk facing SUV minivan and truck occupants is a rollover accident. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) more than 280000 rollover accidents are reported each year claiming more than 10000 lives annually.

How Child Car Seats Work

Seatbelts save lives -- adult lives. For a seatbelt to do its job it must fit correctly, and on a small child a seatbelt is simply the wrong size. In this article, we'll examine the technology at work and find out how to choose the best child seat.

How Seatbelts Work

Seatbelts save thousands of lives each year. How can a piece of fabric end up being the difference between life and death? What does a seatbelt actually do? Learn how seatbelts react in a crash.

How Red-light Cameras Work

The light turns red. You're alone at the intersection. There's not another car in sight. Do you run it? Read this before you answer.

How the Jaws of Life Work

The "Jaws of Life" is a huge tool used to free people from mangled cars and burning or collapsed buildings. Learn about this amazingly powerful machine and how it saves lives.

How Crash Testing Works

Crash test dummies have been the subject of public service announcements, cartoons, parodies, even the name of a band. Real crash test dummies, however, are true life-savers as an integral part of automotive crash tests.

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