Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

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In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Versatile 2015 GMC Canyon Appeals to Families

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When I think of my family's transportation options in Los Angeles, pickup trucks are not the first to come to mind. Sure, full-size trucks can be fine family haulers, but they seem too big for L.A.'s tight streets, and I'm too keen on creature comforts and technology to ever consider a smaller truck.

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That's until I test-drove the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup at a media event in Los Angeles. This truck really schooled me. It offers all the luxuries and upgrades I'm usually looking for in a crossover, but still provides all of a pickup's utility without any sacrifices. Its manageable size and all the bells and whistles could really appeal to many families — including my own.

The redesigned Canyon joins its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado, in revitalizing the midsize pickup truck segment. Both trucks are offered in extended- and crew-cab models, and both have a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an optional 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive, too.

By Carrie Kim | February 2, 2015 | Comments (2)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Stops Sales of 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Trucks

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GM is stopping all shipments and deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups due to a pending investigation about a faulty airbag sensor.

According to Automotive News, a note was sent to dealerships notifying them that an investigation with the National Highway Safety Administration has been opened regarding an airbag flaw that could cause problems with the normal deployment of the driver-side airbag. The fix is reported to be a simple software patch.

The new Colorados and Canyons went on sale just two weeks ago and fewer than 50 sales have been recorded. The stop-delivery announcement is the first glitch in the introduction of the newest members to the midsize pickup segment. GM CEO Mary Barra has stated that these types of small-volume safety recalls are likely to occur more often as GM's new recall and review policies catch issues like these earlier in the production process. So far this year GM has ordered 71 safety recalls affecting nearly 30 million vehicles.

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By Mark Williams | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Prices 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

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GM has announced pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and it's safe to say that direct-competitor the Toyota Tacoma can expect to face some challenging terrain in the midsize pickup landscape. The 4x2 extended-cab Colorado starts at $20,995, including destination charge, and comes equipped with a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the nearly identically equipped Canyon starts at about $1,000 more.

Get the preliminary pricing details at PickupTrucks.com.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

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