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Here's how to keep your kids safe in the back seat of your car

Nissan has a guide to help keep children safe inside the vehicle they're riding in.

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According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cars of death for children ages one to 13. Many of these deaths could be prevented with the proper use of child restraint systems or child safety seats.

Parents, are you doing a good job keeping your children safe in the car? A new guide from Nissan has 10 child passenger safety tips for drivers transporting little loved ones.

Nissan Car Seat Safety Guide Image by Nissan North America

Nissan recently launched its Snug Kids guides, which help Nissan owners find out which car seats fit their vehicle best based on 6,400 tests conducted by Nissan and Infiniti researchers.

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Ron Sayer Nissan teamed up with Ocean Spray to give TikTok star Nathan Apodaca a new Frontier.

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TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca, aka Doggface208, has gained fame for recording himself nonchalantly longboarding down the road while drinking from a 64 oz. bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice as Fleetwood Mac's “Dreams" plays blocking out the noise of traffic.

The video, which was posted on September 25, has racked up 27.7 million views and 5.1 million likes. Apodaca's account currently has 2.3 million followers. It has grown so popular that Fleetwood Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood recorded himself performing a similar feat, something that's become known as the “Cranberry challenge" and “Dreams challenge" under the hashtag #CranberryDreams.

Apodaca's current ride has 300,000 miles on the odometer and is unreliable, which is why he longboards to work.

As a thank you, the farmer-owned cooperative teamed up with Ron Sayer Nissan of Idaho Falls, Idaho to gift Apodaca with a 2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X with a Cayenne Red Metallic paint job.

The Frontier PRO-4X is only available with a Crew Cab and 4x4 drivetrain. It's powered by Nissan's new 310-horsepower 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine, which was developed specifically with U.S. customers in mind.

The PRO-4X trim level is Nissan's most off-road focused. In addition to its shift on-the-fly four-wheel drive system, the truck comes standard with Bilstein off-road high-pressure shock absorbers, skid plates, and electronic locking rear differential, Rockford Fosgate-powered premium audio system with eight speakers plus subwoofer, and machine-finished 16-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with 265/75R16 All-Terrain tires.

The truck retails for $37,490 plus a destination fee and taxes.

Apodaca debuted the truck on his Instagram and TikTok feeds today. There, the truck is shown with a note that reads "Dear Nathan, Good vibes only! Love, Ocean Spray". The bed of the truck is, naturally, filled with cases of Ocean Spray.

Just in case you've been living in a hole and haven't seen it, here's the original video for you to watch:

Doggface208 TikTok #CranberryDreams www.tiktok.com

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Nissan is adding new NISMO accessories to its parts catalogue.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO Performance is usually associated with high-performance Nissan cars, like the GT-R. The automaker has announced a new lineup of NISMO performance parts exclusively for the 2020 Nissan Frontier that will enhance the truck's off-road prowess.

The parts list includes a new suspension kit, off-road bumper, off-road lighting, and off-road wheels. The NISMO off-road Performance Suspension Kit was developed in partnership with Bilstein and is specifically tuned to compensate for the additional weight larger overloading equipment such as camping gear and off-road tires, can add to a vehicle. The suspension's front and rear shocks allow for additional wheel travel while the rear shocks feature remote reservoir technology. It adds up to a 2-inch lift to the model's ride height.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road The new bumper is winch-capable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The NISMO off-road Bumper is the first in a series of new off-road bumpers for Nissan trucks and SUVs. It's constructed of high-tensile steel and finished with a textured powered coat. It weighs just 105 pounds and features two attachment points for recovery shackles and accommodation for lights. The bumper is designed to be winch-capable.

A new line of LED off-road lighting has been designed in partnership with Rigid Industries. The NISMO off-road Lighting range will include a selection of round and square pot lamps and a variety of sizes of light bars with varying beam patterns. Initial housing will be set of 6-inch round driving lamps set in aluminum housings with white accent backlighting and an output of 8,600 lumens.

NISMO off-road wheels as custom designed and manufactured for NISMO. They're 17-inchers with a 6x114.3 bolt pattern and +30mm of backspacing. Their load rate is 1,950 pounds, which is above OEM spec. The wheels are finished in Axis Gray paint and have a NISMO center cap. They're designed and tested to SAE J2530 standards.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wheel The new wheels measure 17-inches.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO off-road parts will be available for the 2005-2020 model year Frontier, 2016-2021 model year TITAN and 2005-2015 model year Xterra later this fall, and will also be offered on the forthcoming, next-generation Frontier. Products will be available through Nissan dealers, select NISMO retailers or via NISMOparts.nissanusa.com.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wild grace Team Wild Grace will pilot the Frontier in the Rebelle Rally.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The parts will first be tried out publicly at the Rebelle Rally this week. Nissan is fielding a truck piloted by Team Wild Grace. Team co-captains Sedona Blinson and Lyn Woodward have their sights set on first place. "We've taken the 2020 Frontier on a couple of trial runs, and it's been an absolute rock star," said Woodward. "I'm very excited about the extra power in the V6 – it's a solid truck, and that's what you need to compete out here. Our first goal is to always compete hard, but I don't see any reason why Sedona and I can't win it all this year."

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