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Study finds children, adolescents suffer disproportionate percentage of ATV-related injuries

(April 6, 2011) ROSEMONT, Ill. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were introduced in this country in the 1970s. Currently, there are approximately 9.5 million ATVs in use and more than 150,000 reported ATV-related injuries annually.

The rapid rise in ATV-related injuries is due to increased use and also to the production of larger, faster, and more powerful vehicles, according to a review article that was recently published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

Losing car keys could cost hundreds of dollars, cautions Edmunds

(April 5, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — While advanced key technology has made new cars more difficult to steal, losing those keys could cost you hundreds of dollars according to a new report by Edmunds.com entitled "The High Cost of Losing Your Keys".

"In the last 20 years, car keys have evolved from common metal keys with cuts and grooves to laser-cut, remote control and transponder technology," said Edmunds.com Consumer Advice Reporter Ronald Montoya.

TrueCar forecasts increase in average gas mileage

(April 4, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — TrueCar.com has forecasted that TrueMPG for vehicles sold for the industry will increase to an estimated 22.0 MPG in March 2011 compared to 21.2 MPG in March 2010.

AAA urges motorists to use caution at work zones

(April 4, 2011) WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — If you are wondering what week this is — it is National Work Zone Awareness Week.

AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, reminds motorists to use caution and drive safely when approaching and driving through work zones.

Stolen keys account for most vehicle thefts in UK

(April 2, 2011) This is incredible, but in the UK stolen car keys account for nearly all automobile thefts.

Here's the thing. The latest figures from TRACKER, experts in stolen vehicle recovery in the UK, confirm that theft of cars using the owners’ keys continues to rise — 84% of all cars stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2010 involved theft of keys. 

Traffic fatalities at lowest levels in recorded history

(April 1, 2011) WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Despite Americans driving nearly 21 billion more miles last year, U.S. highway traffic fatalities dropped 3 percent from 2009 to the lowest levels in recorded history.  The fatality rate also dropped, to 1.09 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Ford could outsell GM in March, but Japan is a big if

By Karl Greenberg
MediaPost

(March 31, 2011) This could be a shakeup month for vehicle sales in the U.S., with at least one firm saying Ford could outsell GM. Edmunds.com is predicting a 1.24 million unit month, a 16.5% increase from last March and a 25.1% increase from February this year.

Used car prices on the rise according to NADA

(March 31, 2011) MCLEAN, Va. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Prices of fuel-efficient, used cars — both at auction and at the retail level — continue to feel the ripple effect of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"The dramatic increase in wholesale vehicle prices indicates that buyers are expecting the supply of small, fuel-efficient cars to dwindle even more because of the crisis in Japan and gas prices that continue to rise," said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide.

The state of cell phone driving laws is sorted out

(March 31, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Is legislation truly effective when it comes to regulating or banning cell phone usage by car drivers? Edmunds' AutoObserver.com explores the complex and confusing answer in "Cell Phone States of Mind."

Right now 13 states have laws banning drivers' use of cell phone handsets. Eight of those states as well as 22 other states have restricted any cell phone use for novice drivers only. That leaves 15 states where there are no restrictions at all on a driver's cell phone usage.

April is the time to give your car some TLC

(March 30, 2011) BETHESDA, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — National Car Care Month in April is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road.