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Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's

Australia’s road fatality rates are about half those of the US and South Korea, but almost twice as bad as Sweden and the UK. Latest figures released this week show that our rate sits 15th among 32 member countries contributing to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD)...

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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 compared with 31 other countries
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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 compared with 31 other countries

Road fatalities among the 32 member countries of the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) fell a remarkable 42.0 per cent between 2000 and 2013, latest figures show. But Australia’s reduction — a still commendable 35.0 per cent over the 14-year period — was fourth-lowest among the IRTAD Group, higher only than Canada, the US and Chile...


Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - UPDATE
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - UPDATE

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world. Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week...


Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history
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Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history

Japanese component manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that its airbag inflators fitted to millions of vehicles around the world are defective – an announcement that has forced one of the largest product recalls in history. Takata has almost doubled the number of vehicles recalled in the US over a defect with the passenger-side airbag inflators to 33...


Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE
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Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE

Honda has become the third car maker to recall more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the past week, with the local division today joining Toyota and Nissan in confirming it needs to replace faulty Takata airbag components in its cars...


AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds
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AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds

ANCAP has once again called for low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made standard on all new vehicles, after publishing a joint-study said to overwhelmingly prove its efficacy. Findings announced today from a research project jointly commissioned by ANCAP, the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, and ANCAP's sister organisation Euro NCAP, found that AEB led to a 38...


Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect
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Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Nissan Australia will recall approximately 102,000 vehicles following an expansion of the massive global recall of Takata passenger airbag inflators. The latest recall affects Nissan models from the 2004 to 2007 model years equipped with ‘SPI’ inflators. About 10,300 Nissan models sold in New Zealand are also affected by the recall, which affects more than 1...


Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford
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Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford

The global director for human machine interface at Ford says it’s pointless to try to reprimand handheld mobile phone usage in vehicles as the crash data doesn’t reflect media reports of drivers distracted by mobile phones causing accidents...


ISOFIX Child Seats : The benefits and how to fit correctly
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ISOFIX Child Seats : The benefits and how to fit correctly

ISOFIX child restraints that are compliant under the Australian Standard can now be used legally, but the old way is still ok. There are however, a number of reasons parents are being encouraged to make the move to ISOFIX. The ISOFIX system is the norm for many countries across the world, making Australia a little late to the party...


ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly
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ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly

What is ISOFIX? And should you have queued up like a crazed Apple iPhone fan to buy one when they first hit the shelves? To answer the second question first, no. ISOFIX child restraints that are compliant under the Australian Standard can now be used legally. The old way is still ok, but for a number of reasons, parents are being encouraged to make the move to ISOFIX...


EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018
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EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018

Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes will be mandatory in all new cars and light commercial vehicles in the European Union by March 2018. Road accidents killed 25,700 people in the EU in 2014, and the organisation believes that the requirements for all new cars and light vans to be fitted with ‘eCall’ technology could cut the death toll by up to 10 per cent (2570 lives) per year...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class:: 800 sedans recalled for fuel pump mounting fault
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 800 sedans recalled for fuel pump mounting fault

More than 800 award winning Mercedes-Benz C-Class models have been recalled for a fuel pump fault that could result in vehicles stalling. Affecting 873 W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans built between December 2013 and October 2014, the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) product safety recalls website says the recall relates to the vehicles' in-tank fuel pump, which "may detach from its mounting"...


Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


Haval "confident" of five-star ANCAP safety ratings for new Chinese SUVs
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Haval "confident" of five-star ANCAP safety ratings for new Chinese SUVs

Chinese newcomer Haval says it won’t be content with anything but maximum five-star ANCAP safety ratings for its fleet of SUVs that will start arriving in Australian showrooms in June...


Nissan Pulsar airbag recall expanded to beyond 13,000 cars
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Nissan Pulsar airbag recall expanded to beyond 13,000 cars

An additional 498 vehicles has expanded a 2013 Nissan Pulsar airbag recall to 13,298 cars. A further 484 Nissan Pulsar hatches and 14 Pulsar sedans have been added to an October, 2013 recall of 12,800 models – or every new-generation car imported to Australia to that date...


2015 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ Review: Sand driving

2015 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ Review: Sand driving

Sponsored by Holden. Life is busy - too often we plan to do something on the weekend, get away from it all, escape the everyday - and rarely do. But what if you actually did all those things? Sand driving is one of those 'that would be fun' ideas that too-often end up falling victim to couch-time or a BBQ and beers...

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DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check
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DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

Protect yourself and your family with a DIY tyre safety check this Easter long weekend. Unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes make the Easter long weekend a highly dangerous period on Australian roads. Standing water, rapidly changing conditions, high speeds, driver fatigue and frantic holiday traffic can make an Easter getaway a dangerous proposition...


DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

It takes just five minutes and it could save a life. You can take steps to protect yourself and those you love by conducting a DIY tyre safety check before you hit the road this Easter long weekend. With unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes, the Easter long weekend has the potential to be a highly dangerous period on Australian roads...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Global NCAP calls for end to unsafe cars in low- and middle-income markets
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Global NCAP calls for end to unsafe cars in low- and middle-income markets

The head of international vehicle safety advocate Global NCAP says it is “entirely unacceptable” that millions of cars sold in low- and middle-income countries are failing to meet basic safety standards. Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley issued a report at the United Nations’ Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations in Geneva calling on vehicle manufacturers to democratise safety for all cars around the world...