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Obama administration eyeing new NHTSA boss after safety lapses

Obama administration eyeing new NHTSA boss after safety lapses

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't had much to celebrate this year. The botched handling of major recall campaigns from General Motors and for faulty Takata airbag inflators haven't put the agency in the best light. Also, its new [more]
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MI police looking for hit-and-run driver who left zombie hospitalized

MI police looking for hit-and-run driver who left zombie hospitalized

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal The typical way to kill a zombie is by destroying its brain. Anyone that's kept up on The Walking Dead can list off a multitude of ways to accomplish this grim task ranging from guns, knives, swords, crossbows, street signs and any number of a range of sharp or b [more]
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Why basing car recalls on geography is stupid

Why basing car recalls on geography is stupid

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety Geographic or regional recalls - the practice of recalling vehicles based on their geographic location - may seem to make sense. After all, why recall a corrosion-prone spare tire carrier (as Toyota did in 2010 and 2012) in areas where rust isn't a maj [more]
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NHTSA probing Ram recall pace, communication

NHTSA probing Ram recall pace, communication

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Recalls, Ram The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it's looking into Chrysler Group's handling of a pair of recalls affecting roughly one million Ram pickup trucks. Reuters is reporting that the regulatory agency is focusing on t [more]
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Guardrail manufacturer halts sales of impaling terminals pending tests

Guardrail manufacturer halts sales of impaling terminals pending tests

Filed under: Government/Legal, SafetyThe controversy over the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals has deepened as Texas-based Trinity Industries has now announced that it will stop selling the problematic roadway safety features. For those just joining us, the issue revolves around a metal plate instal [more]
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Seatbelts can save your life... from zombies

Seatbelts can save your life... from zombies

Filed under: Government/Legal, Videos There are many, many reasons to wear your seatbelt when behind the wheel. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, one such reason is the clear threat posed by zombies. Okay, so maybe not. This seasonally appropriate commercial from the MOH [more]
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GM approval for ignition-switch death claims hits 30

GM approval for ignition-switch death claims hits 30

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM With nearly 1,600 claims in the General Motors faulty ignition switch compensation fund as of Friday, The Detroit News is reporting the company has so far approved 30 out of 193 death claims and 31 out of 184 injury claims. In all, the total claims at the e [more]
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NHTSA undergoing Congressional scrutiny over Takata scandal

NHTSA undergoing Congressional scrutiny over Takata scandal

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety With the Takata airbag debacle still yet to be resolved, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found itself in hot water again. Parties both from within and from without the agency's ranks are asking hard questions about NHTSA's handling of the [more]
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GM wins appeal, dismissal of $3B Saab-related Spyker suit

GM wins appeal, dismissal of $3B Saab-related Spyker suit

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM, Earnings/Financials, Spyker It's been a long time since we last heard of the legal battles between Spyker CEO Victor Muller and General Motors, the automaker from which Muller's company purchased the embattled Saab brand back in 2010. To refresh your memories, aft [more]
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UberTaxi now operating in Seoul using licensed cab drivers

UberTaxi now operating in Seoul using licensed cab drivers

Filed under: Government/Legal In countries across the globe, ride-hiring app Uber has faced criticism from taxi drivers, who claim the service is unfair, citing the way its (unregistered) drivers can be hired, eliminating the need to stand on a corner hailing. In the South Korean capital of Seoul, [more]
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Berkeley findings says motorcycle lane-splitting safer than ever [w/video, poll]

Berkeley findings says motorcycle lane-splitting safer than ever [w/video, poll]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Motorcycle The latest study seems to indicate that riders are better off splitting lanes than ever before. In some parts of the US, the concept of a motorcycle buzzing between lanes of slower traffic is a foreign concept, but it's an accepted practice in o [more]
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Ex-PR chief Vines accuses Ford of bugging cars, phones

Ex-PR chief Vines accuses Ford of bugging cars, phones

Filed under: Government/Legal, Ford Jason Vines, former head of communications at Ford among other automakers, is accusing the Blue Oval of bugging his company phone and his car during the Firestone tire recall for the Explorer in 2001. The allegations have come to light in Vines' upcoming book Wha [more]
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Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]

Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Police/Emergency Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers h [more]
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How China is at war with its pickup trucks

How China is at war with its pickup trucks

Filed under: Car Buying, Truck, China, Government/Legal Create a law, and people try to find some way to get around it. That's basically a fact of life whether you're in the US or the People's Republic of China. For example, recently in the PRC, a man attempted to convert his pickup into a sedan to [more]
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TX guardrail manufacturer found guilty of defrauding federal government

TX guardrail manufacturer found guilty of defrauding federal government

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety The ongoing safety fight over a specific type of guardrail end terminals (not necessarily pictured above) has reached its first of perhaps many verdicts. Trinity Industries, makers of the ET-Plus, has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government under [more]
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What you missed on 10.21.14

What you missed on 10.21.14

Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Electric, Luxury 2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe Mercedes has a new flagship coupe coming to a dealership near you, and we just tool the keys to one such machine, a 2015 S550 Coupe Edition 1, to be exact, all over the great State of Rhode Isl [more]
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EPA to scrutinize auto fuel economy tests, issue revised guidelines

EPA to scrutinize auto fuel economy tests, issue revised guidelines

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal Following the lowering of estimated fuel economy figures from companies like Ford, Hyundai, Kia and even a handful of Mercedes-Benz sedans in the recent past, the Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down by mandating new mileage testing procedures b [more]
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Are America's railroads snubbing car shipments?

Are America's railroads snubbing car shipments?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/ManufacturingBuilding a car, delivering it to a dealer and then selling to a consumer represents an enormous and elaborate process that relies on the seamless and often invisible work of many parts. The use of railways represents a huge part of that process, but [more]
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Citizen pulls over unmarked WA police car, education ensues

Citizen pulls over unmarked WA police car, education ensues

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Videos, Dodge, Police/Emergency Dog bites man, that's not news. Man bites dog, now that's news. Or so goes the old newspaper adage, and we see it manifested all the time. Take this latest video clip for example. While it wouldn't usually be news to see a cop pu [more]
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Father does donuts with son in '68 Camaro, ends up in handcuffs

Father does donuts with son in '68 Camaro, ends up in handcuffs

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Videos, Chevrolet Think pulling a couple of donuts in an empty lot is harmless? That's what one Joe Graham of Ontario, New York, thought... right up until he was arrested. Graham was driving by a parking lot in the Wayne County t [more]
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