Congress Considers Mandating Rear Seat Child Alerts

U.S. lawmakers are considering legislation that would require automakers to install technology on all new vehicles that would alert drivers to check for children before exiting a vehicle. If passed, the bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to write new rules within two years mandating the introduction of “a distinct auditory and visual alert” to remind drivers to check the back seat. It also calls for a study to assess the feasibility of retrofitting older vehicles with the system.

Lawmakers claim that more than 800 U.S. children have died from heatstroke over the last two decades as a result of being left unattended inside an automobile.

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Ford Worries You're Not Able to Understand This Round, Shiny Thing

Allow me to paint you an all-too-common picture. You’ve pulled your vehicle into a parking space at the mall and need to get inside so that you can spend several hundred dollars at the Disney Store as quickly as possible. In your excitement you begin struggling frantically against the seatbelt. There is a moment of terror before you manage to unclip yourself, open the door, and begin shuffling your woeful husk toward the building’s entrance. Suddenly, you hear a loud crash behind you. With your mouth partially agape, you turn your vacant eyes back toward your vehicle and realize that you have, once again, neglected to place it in park and turn off the ignition.

Don’t be embarrassed, this happens to everyone.

A lot of motorists simply forget what to do after they’ve stopped their vehicle and are ready to exit. While the proper procedure actually involves taking the vehicle’s transmission out of drive and putting it into park, a common mistake is to leave it in drive or neutral with the keys locked in the ignition or motor still running and just walk away. Thankfully, Ford has announced that the 2017 Fusion will benefit from an innovative new “Return to Park” technology that places the car safely into park for you!

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GM Adds Rear Seat Reminder to 20 Models, Targets Subpar Parents

General Motors’ Rear Seat Reminder technology, designed to alert drivers to check the back seat when exiting their vehicles, will be offered on a multitude of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles by the 2018 model year.

Having made its debut in the 2017 GMC Acadia earlier this year, the technology aims to prevent heatstroke-related deaths and reduce the number of children left unattended in parking lots.

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How Much Abuse Can Old People Take? New Study Plans to Find Out

Since President Johnson signed the bills requiring all passenger vehicles to include safety belts in 1968, they have saved countless lives. However, with over 36 million of today’s American drivers over the age of sixty-five, current seatbelt designs might not pass muster for older bodies. It’s the same reason you don’t see a lot of old people involved in extreme sports or professional wrestling. An aged frame just can’t take the same sort of physical abuse as a malleable younger form.

So, with the elderly and frail in mind, the Ohio State University College of Medicine wants to design new seat belts to better protect older drivers.

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General Motors Looks To Cameras To Solve Distracted Driving

Until the overlords at Google bestow their technocratic utopia of automation to every new vehicle leaving the factory, distracted driving will remain a problem in need of a solution, such as the one General Motors has in mind.

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  • Steve Biro Those old tube-type, single-speaker AM radios sounded better than you’d think. AM radio offered 15khz of bandwidth in those days - not far off from the 20khz of FM. And those full-range speakers provided rich, full-toned audio that reflected off the windshield just fine. I imagine the hepcats would have easily caught jazz broadcasts on the 50,000-watt clear-channel stations out of the big cities after sunset every night. AM was pretty good in the post-war period of the late 1940’s through 1960’s.
  • Jeff The styling of this Hudson reminds me of a 49 thru 51 Mercury.
  • Arthur Dailey That is a cool car. Really hope that it somehow gets restored and back on the road in the future. As for single speaker on the dash radios. Those were still around in the early 1970's. We found a way as teenagers to live with them until we could afford to purchase a Sparkomatic or other after market radio and install it and some speakers.In the George Reeves' Adventures of Superman TV series they generally drove Nash vehicles and this car reminds me of the cars in that show.
  • Jeff This car is in remarkable condition especially the seats. Hudson Hornets were raced in the time of this car and won many car races despite having a flathead straight 6. This car looks very restorable but I guess the value makes it not worth it. Nice find.
  • Eliyahu Looks like the heater and the gauges were optional. Note the pull-out parking brake handle near them. The Hornet was also an AMC model later on. Kelvinator also made refrigerators at some point. They just don't make them like they used to-thank heavens!