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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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Toyota, Lexus expanding Takata airbag recall, re-notifying customers

Toyota, Lexus expanding Takata airbag recall, re-notifying customers

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Lexus, Toyota Toyota is re-notifying owners and expanding its Takata airbag inflator recall for some regions. The renewed campaign covers 247,000 examples of the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC430 that are located in southern Florida, along the Gul [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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2015 Ford Mustang already under recall, but just 53 units

2015 Ford Mustang already under recall, but just 53 units

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Ford Ford has issued a small - but significant - recall for one of its spotlight cars: the 2015 Mustang. The recall affects just 53 cars, with 50 in the United States and three in Canada. Ford said the passenger side safety belt buckle [more]
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Suzuki recalling 23k GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 bikes to replace chain adjuster

Suzuki recalling 23k GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 bikes to replace chain adjuster

Filed under: Performance, Recalls, Safety, Suzuki, Motorcycle Suzuki is known for having a pair of very capable sportbikes in its GSX-R750 and GSXR-1000, but now the Japanese company is recalling 23,073 of them in the US to replace the chain adjuster. Specifically, the campaign affects 2011-2014 mo [more]
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Naked breasts billboards cause 517 accidents in one day

Naked breasts billboards cause 517 accidents in one day

Filed under: Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Safety, Videos The larger-than-life ads were plastered on no fewer than 30 trucks spread across Moscow's roads. A sexy mobile advertisement featuring a woman's breasts is being blamed for causing over 500 car crashes in one day. The larger-than-life inad [more]
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VW recalls 1.1M Jetta, Beetle models in US, China over suspension fears

VW recalls 1.1M Jetta, Beetle models in US, China over suspension fears

Filed under: Convertible, Sedan, China, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, Volkswagen Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 4 [more]
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GM's embattled top lawyer Millikin to retire

GM's embattled top lawyer Millikin to retire

Filed under: Government/Legal, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Safety, GM General Motors' top lawyer, Michael Millikin, will retire in early 2015, the Detroit automaker announced Friday. Calling the move a voluntary decision, Millikin, 66, will stay on until a replacement is found. Millikin, whose career [more]
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Honda accused of not reporting all airbag problems

Honda accused of not reporting all airbag problems

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Honda The Takata airbag recall that has afflicted a number of automakers may have just taken a very bad turn for Honda, which has already recalled over one million vehicles. Clarence Ditlow and the Center for Auto Safety have accused the Japanese manu [more]
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Virginia concerned over safety of its guardrails

Virginia concerned over safety of its guardrails

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology The highways in Virginia may look a lot different in in the coming weeks depending on the results of safety tests on guardrails there. The Commonwealth is demanding new crash evaluations on the end terminals of the ET-Plus guardrails (not necessaril [more]
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Why narrower 10-foot roads may be safer than 12-foot roads

Why narrower 10-foot roads may be safer than 12-foot roads

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Read This We live in a society where more is generally considered better. We want improved fuel economy from our cars, more data from our phones and a better picture from TVs. But when it comes to engineering some roads, giving drivers more room might not actually b [more]
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls nearly 750k vehicles in two campaigns

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls nearly 750k vehicles in two campaigns

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, SUV, Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a total of 747,817 vehicles in the US in two separate campaigns recently added to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database. The first one covers about 434,581 units of t [more]
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Toyota recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide in 3 campaigns [UPDATE]

Toyota recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide in 3 campaigns [UPDATE]

Filed under: Japan, Recalls, Safety, Lexus, Toyota UPDATE: Toyota is now announcing specifically which models are covered under its fuel pipe recall in the US. The company is repairing about 423,000 Lexus models that include the 2007-2010 LS, 2006-2011 GS, 2006-2011 IS, 2010 IS C and 2008-2010 IS-F [more]
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