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Jeep Patriot gets ANCAP five-star rating, Great Wall under-performs with three

The Jeep Patriot has become only the second model from the American off-road specialist to get the almost requisite ANCAP five-star rating, following in the wheel-tracks of the new Cherokee...

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Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats
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Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats

  Parents across Australia have been waiting, some with bated breath, for the approval and arrival of ISOFIX car seats. Now, Britax Safe-n-Sound has revealed its ISOFIX-compatible models which will hit the shelves in Australia from mid-October. Three seats will be available: The Unity Infant Carrier will now come with ISOFIX attachment arms...


First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days
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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) - and they'll be on the shelves in selected baby stores from 27 September 2014...


Device to help police catch motorists texting while driving "close to production" - report
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Device to help police catch motorists texting while driving "close to production" - report

A technology company in the US says it is almost ready to release a handheld device that would allow police to catch drivers illegally using their mobile phones. The Virginian Pilot reports ComSonics, which specialises in cable television installation and calibration of speed detection equipment, is “close to production” with a radar gun-style device that can identify phone use within cars by detecting the unique radio frequencies they emit when active...


ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...


ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia
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ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia

After years of waiting, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finally approved ISOFIX child seats for use on Australian roads. With 88 per cent of infant car seats said to be installed incorrectly in Australia, the introduction of ISOFIX seats (which are either plugged in or not) will be a leap for child safety for Australian motorists...


DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)
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DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

What do you do when you get in the driver's seat of a new car for the first time? Make sure you’re comfortable, right? Wrong. There’s a process you need to follow to ensure you’re in the best position to control the car, and stay as safe as you can in the event of a crash. Have a chat to any crash investigator, emergency response person, doctors or nurses...


DIY: back to basics
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DIY: back to basics

What do you need to check when you sit in the drivers seat of a car for the first time? Driving position, steering wheel position, where to put your hands on the wheel and adjusting your mirrors - all explained.


Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden
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Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden

Volvo says the opening of the AstaZero advanced proving ground in Sweden brings it a step closer to realising its dream that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. AstaZero, which stands for ‘Active Safety Test Area’ and represents the vision of zero traffic fatalities, claims to be the world’s first full-scale proving ground for testing future traffic safety solutions...


Lexus to roll out more safety tech
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Lexus to roll out more safety tech

Lexus is seeking to bolster its safety credentials with the rollout of several “visibility technologies” on its sedan and SUV lines by early 2015.  The Japanese premium brand will make both blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) — a sensor-based system that alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space — either standard or optional on its exiting and future models...


DIY: Engine Oil Explained

DIY: Engine Oil Explained

  Last week we ascertained that engine oil isn’t the only vital fluid integral to your car’s mechanical systems. While there’s various other fluids helping things work, engine oil is most commonly misunderstood. In addition to engine oil, other crucial lubricants your car uses include transmission fluid (commonly called gearbox oil) and differential fluid...


NRMA offers cheaper insurance for cars with AEB as standard
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NRMA offers cheaper insurance for cars with AEB as standard

NRMA Insurance will reduce premiums for those who own vehicles with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted as standard, but rival insurers will not follow suit any time soon. Head of research Robert McDonald made the announcement this week, revealing that depending on the type of system, car owners who take out a new policy with NRMA or renew their existing policy could save up to 15 per cent...


How to fit snow chains
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How to fit snow chains

With record snowfalls this year, it has never been more tempting to pack the car and head for the mountains. As the weather can be unpredictable, you may need to fit your snow chains. James Ward runs through the steps to ensure you stay safe in snow and icy conditions.


Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models
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Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia is recalling 1626 four-wheel drive diesel-powered Outlander and ASX SUVs due to a possible fault with the vehicles’ transfer cases that could lead to a loss of drive. Split between two models, the recall affects 1324 Mitsubishi Outlander models manufactured between September 12, 2012 and June 18, 2013 and 302 ASXs manufactured between April 16 and June 18, 2013...


Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism
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Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism

ANCAP has lashed out at Nissan and South Korean brand Ssangyong following its latest round of safety testing, the results of which were published today.  A trio of new models were subjected to the safety body’s regimen, with two — the Nissan Qashqai crossover and new Mercedes-Benz C-Class — scoring the maximum five stars, and Ssangyong’s Stavic people-mover falling short with a four-star result...


Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit
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Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit

The Victorian Government and the Opposition have both rejected calls from Victoria Police and road safety experts to reduce the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.02. Victoria Police this week reopened the debate over the current 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, claiming that reducing the legal limit would cut the number of deaths and the level of trauma caused by drink-drivers...


Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled

More than 3000 LPG-powered Holden Commodore and Caprice vehicles have been recalled over two separate issues relating to their fuel systems. The recall affects approximately 3472 vehicles in Australia and 124 in New Zealand built between February 10, 2011 and June 19, 2014...


GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles
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GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles

General Motors has expanded its 2014 global recall count past 28 million vehicles following the recall of a further 8.4 million vehicles worldwide. Spread across six campaigns and covering model-year vehicles from 1997 to 2014, the latest crop of recalls, which takes GM's 2014 recall tally to 54 campaigns and around 28...


Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities
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Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities

Renault has released a new interactive game intended to educate younger children on road safety and sustainable mobility. Dubbed "Safety and Mobility for All", the new digital game is part of an expansion of Renault’s own identically named road safety program initiated in 2000 – aimed at helping to achieve the United Nations’ objective of halving road fatalities by 2020...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...