Study shows some dealers lag in describing teen safety features to new-car shoppers

Three out of four new-car dealers could accurately identify critical safety features aimed at making new cars safer for teen drivers, but only after most were prompted by shoppers to identify those features — and most of their information was vague. That’s according to a study released last week by the IIHS that followed a similar study last year that found that while most new Ford owners knew about their cars’ teen-focused safety features, only about 1 in 3 reported using it.

“Vehicle monitoring systems can improve the behavior of teen drivers and reassure their parents,” the study’s author, Rebecca

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Active safety features actually help

Active safety features such as automatic emergency braking are designed to mitigate or prevent car crashes. Yet, out of the labs and onto the roads, how do you measure what doesn’t happen? 

If insurance claims are a measure, then collision avoidance systems are not only working but also improving safety as the technology matures, according to a study released this week by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is an affiliate of the IIHS.   

The study analyzed insurance claims from 2013-2017 BMW vehicles equipped with four different levels of collision avoidance technology. The study analyzed roughly 6 million insured vehicles,

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2020 Mazda CX-9 earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 earned a Top Safety Pick+ award for not only withstanding crash tests, but also preventing them, the IIHS announced Monday.

Mazda’s largest vehicle earned “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, and its automatic emergency braking system excelled at avoiding collisions with other vehicles in both 12 mph and 25 mph tests. It earned a mid-grade “Advanced” rating for automatically reducing speeds to avoid collisions with pedestrians. 

For 2020, the Mazda CX-9 comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

The TSP+ award

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