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Breaking: NHTSA fines Ferrari $3.5 million for missing reports

Filed under: Government/Legal, Ferrari Ferrari will pay a $3.5 million penalty for family to comply with oversight requirements set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency that oversees road safety in the United States announced Friday morning that Ferrari had not submitted early warning reports for the past three years. These [...]

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Report: 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 VIN lookup for safety campaigns, which should have been a [...]

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Report: 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 major factor, or humidity-prone airbags (as per [...]

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Report: 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 the availability (or lack thereof) of parts and “poor communications” from the [...]

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Followup: Guardrail manufacturer halts sales of impaling terminals pending tests

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety The 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 installed on guardrails by Trinity, the manufacturer found guilty of failing to [...]

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Video: 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 MOHSP has been accompanied by radio ads for Michigan [...]

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Report: 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 widespread recall, and now the agency’s leadership will have [...]

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Report: 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, after struggling through 2011 and entering into bankruptcy, Spyker attempted [...]

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Study: 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 others. Each year since 2012, The Safe [...]

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Featured: 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 have collected through the use of these machines. These records are getting harder [...]

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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 [...]

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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 the False Claims Act. Specifically, the company was accused of making [...]

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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 Island. The autumn weather [...]

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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 by the end of the year, after first considering some changes months [...]

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Are America’s railroads snubbing car shipments?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing Building 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 according to a new report from Automotive [...]

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