According to an article in the NY Times, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are recalling 3.3 million vehicles worldwide because the passenger side airbag could deploy with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger area.
Though automakers said they are not aware of any injuries that have been caused by the airbags yet, the problem is serious enough to warrant these massive recalls. Almost 1.4 million of the vehicles being recalled are in the United States.
At SafeAuto, we believe in safety first, always protecting yourself, and being prepared in case of accidents. We’re happy to hear that these vehicles with dangerous airbags are being recalled and even happier to hear that they have not caused any injuries at this point. To learn which vehicles have been recalled, visit NYTimes.com. To protect yourself in case of an accident, visit www.safeauto.com.
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Car safety is an area in which technology is constantly improving. Seat belts, air bags, crumple zones, and other technological advances have combined to drive both the injury rate and the fatality rate in vehicles ever lower. It's never been a safer time to get behind the wheel of a new car.
That said, some vehicles are still safer than others... often to a unpleasantly surprising degree. And a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- one of the most respected safety authorities out there -- demonstrated that when it comes to safety, you don't necessarily get what you pay for.
About the Study They tested a collection of 2013 model sedans; both family sedans from companies such as Toyota and Honda, and high-end luxury sedans from marques such as Audi and Lexus. The cars were ranked as “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal,” or “poor” in a variety of crash situations, such as rollovers, side impacts, and front crashes.
At specific issue were “overlap” or “partial” collisions, namely where the front of a car doesn't fully hit a barrier or obstacle, but only part of it. This is problematic for many cars because it means one crumple zone has to absorb all the kinetic energy.
The Results Let's start with the good news for those of us who plan to get a good, reliable mid-size family sedan. The Honda Accord 4-door sedan got a good rating across the board, while the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Accord 2-door, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, and Volkswagen Passat got a Good in all other categories and an Acceptable when it came to partial collisions.
But, as you might have guessed, the cars of the rich weren't exactly up to their snooty reputation.
The surprise, at least to the IIHS, were the results for the luxury cars. Of the cars they tested in the luxury or near-luxury category, only the Acura TL and the Volvo S60 managed to survive the tests with the best ratings across the board. The Acura TSX and its Sport version, Lincoln MKZ, BMW 3 series, and Volkswagen CC, all came away with good ratings except for the overlap crashes, which scored them a “Marginal.”
The rest of the models tested? Poor. In fact, the Infiniti G, and Lexus ES 350 and IS 250/350 models didn't even pull Good ratings across the board, unlike their compatriots in the luxury category.
Lessons Learned What can we take away from all this?
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Taking your car to an auto repair shop can be expensive and inconvenient. Wouldn't it be great if you could fix your car on your own -- even if it requires replacing a part or two? It's not as difficult as it might seem. With a little planning and some elbow grease, you can purchase replacement auto parts on your own and install them in your garage or driveway. Here are some suggestions on how to repair your car without relying on a mechanic.
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