September 17, 2010

Auto Briefs

Tim Allen's voice introduces new Cruze; Car booster seats ranked on safe fit

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(General Motors)

Familiar voice to introduce new Cruze
Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. After more than a year of searching for a new marketing theme, Chevrolet says it has landed the right person to deliver its message: comedian Tim Allen, also known as "The Santa Clause," Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" and, of course, Buzz.


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Tim Allen.

The first ad featuring Allen launched last week for the new Chevrolet Cruze (shown above). It includes comparisons with competing vehicles like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla and quotes car reviewers' praise of the compact car.

--The Associated Press



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The Harmony Dreamtime booster seat is a Best Bet.

More car booster seats get top marks
Car booster seats have made strides in ensuring a proper fit for children in the back seat, according to a review by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group gave its top marks to 21 of 72 booster seats it evaluated for properly restraining children. Last year, the Institute only handed out its "best bet" citation to nine of the 60 seats it reviewed. Booster seats are used by children between the ages of 4 and 8 so seat belts fit them better.

The top and bottom booster seats, evaluated based on how well the booster seat position children to fit in their seat belts in the back seat:

BEST BET
Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback)
Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback)
Clek Oobr (dual highback)
Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)
Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)
Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)
Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)
Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)
Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)
Recaro Vivo (highback)
Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)
The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)

GOOD BET
Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)
Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)
Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)
Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)

NOT RECOMMENDED
Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
Evenflo Express (combination highback)
Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

--The Associated Press

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