MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2012 Honda Pilot
We recently tested two large three-row crossovers in our Car Seat Check series: the refreshed 2012 Honda Pilot and the revived 2012 Dodge Durango. The Pilot impressed us with its ability to easily fit three child-safety seats across its second row. Two child-safety seats also fit in the third row. The Pilot recently won our $37,000 SUV Shootout. To find out more about the Car Seat Checks, go to MotherProof.com for more details.

2012 Dodge Durango: Car Seat Check
2012 Honda Pilot: Car Seat Check
2012 Honda Civic Coupe: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | October 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Putting OnStar's FMV to the Test

Onstar_fmvEarlier this year, General Motors started offering its OnStar service — something once exclusive to GM cars — to almost any car built since 1981. With Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and emergency response services, OnStar FMV could be perfect for motorists concerned with safety and convenience. But how does it work in the real world? MotherProof.com contributor Carrie Kim had an opportunity to find out with an older test car that had the OnStar device installed in it. To find out if FMV makes sense for you, continue reading at MotherProof.com.

Putting OnStar FMV to the Test (MotherProof.com)

By Colin Bird | October 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

MotherProof.com: National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week
This week is the National Teen Driver Safety Week, a government-sanctioned event that raises awareness about the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year-olds. The event brings together teens, community leaders, educators and parents to help stem the tide of injuries and deaths caused by poor auto-related decisions made by America’s youth. MotherProof.com has put together a list of tips, provided by Tire Rack Street Survival, to help with proper safety technique. Tips include how to check for properly inflated tires, setting limits to when and where teens drive and with whom, etc. To learn more, head over to MotherProof.com.

Help Your Teen Drive Safer This Week and Every Week

By Colin Bird | October 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2012 Hyundai Accent
The 2012 Hyundai Accent's redesign delivered a more fuel-efficient and spacious ride, especially on the hatchback body style. So how does the new Accent hold up as a carrier of small children in car seats? Installing two child-safety seats in the rear was a cinch, according to MotherProof.com.

2011 Toyota Highlander: Car Seat Check
2012 Dodge Charger: Car Seat Check
2012 Hyundai Accent: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | October 7, 2011 | Comments (0)

MotherProof Pits 2012 Toyota Prius V Against its Prius

2012 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius could be a good match for a small family trying to save money on gas, but the larger Prius V is a better fit for families, according to MotherProof.com contributor BreAnn Ahara.

Ahara owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. On her family’s semi-annual trip between Los Angeles and Phoenix, their midsized hatchback typically has a hard time fitting their family of four and their cargo to make the trip work.

With 80% more space than most small SUVs on the market and 60% more cargo space than what’s available in the regular Prius, the Prius V had none of those issues. Even better, fuel economy was barely compromised, according to Ahara.

Continue reading MotherProof.com’s three-part series to see how the Prius V fared during Ahara’s week with the vehicle, which included an 800-mile round-trip trek through the Southwest.

Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Is the Prius V Worth the Higher Cost?
Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Prius V’s Lower MPGs OK With Family
Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Larger Cargo Area Makes for Road-Trip Bliss

By Colin Bird | September 28, 2011 | Comments (3)

MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2012 Chevrolet TraverseThe 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a large seven- or eight-seat crossover with easy access to all three rows. But easy access doesn’t guarantee that child-safety seats will fit easily, as MotherProof.com found out in the latest Car Seat Check. The second row in the Traverse can fit only two child-safety seats, and getting to the Latch connectors is somewhat difficult. The third row’s seat belts are a mixed bag, too. Otherwise, you can fit two car seats in the way back. Continue reading more about the Traverse, and the other vehicles tested in the series, at MotherProof.com:

2012 Chevrolet Traverse: Car Seat Check
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: Car Seat Check
2011 Dodge Challenger: Car Seat Check
2012 Volkswagen Passat: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | September 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

National Child Passenger Safety Week Continues at MotherProof.com

We’re getting to the tail end of National Child Passenger Safety Week — a weeklong campaign to promote public awareness on the hazards cars play in the lives of children. Since we last checked in, our family-focused sister site, MotherProof.com, has published a few more stories about child safety in cars. If you want to learn about choosing the right child-safety seat, whether you can reuse an older car seat or find out more about MotherProof.com’s Car Seat Check series, check out the links below:

National Child Passenger Safety Week: Can You Reuse a Car Seat?
National Child Passenger Safety Week: 140 Car Seat Checks and Counting
National Child Passenger Safety Week: Choosing the Right Car Seat

By Colin Bird | September 22, 2011 | Comments (1)

Child Passenger Safety Week: MotherProof.com

The leading cause of death for young children in the U.S. stems from motor-vehicle-related injuries, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. National Child Passenger Safety Week was created to help inform the public of the dangers that cars play in the lives of little ones, and our sister site, MotherProof.com, is here to help, too.

This week, the blog will post stories about child-safety seats and related issues. Check out their first post, an overview of the recent changes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made to its car-seat recommendations. Come back throughout the week to learn more:

Child Passenger Safety Week: Choosing the Right Car Seat (MotherProof.com)

By Colin Bird | September 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2011 Land Rover LR4The 2011 Land Rover LR4 is one of the few vehicles that can easily fit three child-safety seats in its second row. The SUV’s third row can hold another two car seats, easily making the LR4 the proverbial infant-mobile for large, young families. But how easy are those five safety seats to install? Continue reading at MotherProof.com to find out:

2011 Land Rover LR4: Car Seat Check
2012 BMW X5 and X5 M: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | September 9, 2011 | Comments (1)

MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2011 BMW 1 Series MYou’d think a small sports coupe like the 2011 BMW 1 Series M would be a poor fit for installing a child-safety seat. Surprisingly, though, the seats weren’t all that difficult to install. To read more, check out MotherProof.com’s Car Seat Check series.

2011 BMW 1 Series M: Car Seat Check
2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | August 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

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