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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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Ford recalling 205k Edge and Lincoln MKX units for possible corrosion

Ford recalling 205k Edge and Lincoln MKX units for possible corrosion

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Ford, Canada After the horrible weather last winter, it's hard to look forward for the season to return this year. For those readers in much of the country, the snow is going to be flying soon, and with it comes salt on the roads. That means Ford's regional [more]
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Chinese protesting VW recall fix nationwide

Chinese protesting VW recall fix nationwide

Filed under: Sedan, China, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, Volkswagen This is unquestionably the year of the recall in the United States with an estimated 544 campaigns so far (and counting) that cover around 52 million cars. The repairs are almost starting to seem normal at this point, but apparently [more]
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Bicyclist deaths spike on US roads

Bicyclist deaths spike on US roads

Filed under: Safety While the roads might be getting just a little safer for motorcycle riders, their two-wheeled compatriots on bicycles appear not to be so lucky. A recent study sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that annual cycle deaths in the US were up 16 percent from [more]
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Chrysler recalling 382k Ram HD diesel pickups, 184k SUVs

Chrysler recalling 382k Ram HD diesel pickups, 184k SUVs

Filed under: Truck, Recalls, Safety, Work, Diesel, Ram Between GM's ignition switches and Takata's airbags, it's been a big year for recalls, but they keep rolling in. The latest comes from Chrysler, which has announced a pair of recalls for certain heavy-duty pickups and SUVs. The first issue rev [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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Ford gives police chiefs tech to surveil officers in their own cars

Ford gives police chiefs tech to surveil officers in their own cars

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Ford, Police/Emergency Police officers certainly have a difficult job in keeping the streets safe, but as public employees in positions of authority, there is still a very real need for oversight. To that end, Ford is partnering with a tech company to offer a new sy [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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Aging, obese crash test dummies in development to replicate US population

Aging, obese crash test dummies in development to replicate US population

Filed under: Safety, Technology America's well-publicized weight problem and aging population of baby boomers is collaborating to bring about a change in the humble crash test dummy, as automakers and safety regulators are attempting to build vehicles even better suited to our changing population. [more]
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Nissan rolls Versa Note inside world's largest zorb [w/video]

Nissan rolls Versa Note inside world's largest zorb [w/video]

Filed under: Budget, Marketing/Advertising, Safety, Hatchback, Nissan With features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and moving object detection bundled into its Safety Shield suite, Nissan touts the Versa Note as among the safer vehicles on the road. And to highlight that, the Ja [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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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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In the future, you might be able to stop car thieves with a text message [w/video]

In the future, you might be able to stop car thieves with a text message [w/video]

Filed under: Aftermarket, Safety, Technology, Videos As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Faced with a family member's carjacking, entrepreneur Kelvin Macharia Kuria wanted to do something to stem the massive problem with vehicle thefts in Nairobi, Kenya. Still in his early 20s [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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Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West

Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West

Filed under: Safety, Technology Nielsen statistics show Chinese consumers are more interested in autonomous technology than the US and Germany. China's auto market continues to grow, and it's having an increasingly important effect on the bottom line for all automakers worldwide. Just look at e [more]
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NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Subaru, Toyota Unfortunately, the government's list still contains errors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an updated list of vehicle models that it's urg [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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Takata airbag victim looked like she had been stabbed

Takata airbag victim looked like she had been stabbed

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Honda We generally take certain principals for granted. The more water you drink, for example, the healthier you'll be. The more time you spend reading car news on Autoblog, the better informed you'll be. And the more airbags your car has, the safer you'll be. Because [more]
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NHTSA urges owners of recalled Takata airbag vehicles to take immediate action

NHTSA urges owners of recalled Takata airbag vehicles to take immediate action

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation are taking the unusual step of issuing a followup press release urging owners [more]
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