Safer Car? We Have An App For That

Mechanical defects can contribute to car accidents. Worn out brakes or mechanical defects from the factory can lead to equipment failure on the road. What if you could easily find out if your car has such problems? Now you can.

In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) introduced its Safer Car app to alert consumers to problems with their cars and provide information and support on other car-related issues. The app, free from iTunes, is currently available only for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. NHTSA plans to release an app for Android devices.

Features of the app include the following:

  • Collision and crash test ratings to compare across makes and models of cars. If you are interested in buying or leasing a car, check here first.
  • If you register your vehicle with Safer Car, you receive timely and important recall information relevant to the cars you drive.
  • Many parents install car seats improperly or need a little help. The Safer Car app provides instruction and the location of the nearest location to get help with installation.
  • You can scroll through the latest safety news and information to keep you and your family safe on the road.

In June, Toyota announced a recall of approximately 87,000 Prius and Lexus cars manufactured in 2009. According to the company, nitrogen gas from a part related to the brake booster could seep into the brake fluid, causing the brakes to work less efficiently and require greater stopping distance. For owners of Prius and Lexus cars with the Safer Car app, this important recall information is as close as your mobile device.

Car accidents may always happen but, with safe driving and safety news about the car you drive, you might be able to reduce the odds of an accident happening to you.


Topics:  Car Accident, Mobile Apps, Product Recalls, Toyota

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