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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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Study: 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 621 in 2010 to 722 [...]

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Recalls: 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 revolves around the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine [...]

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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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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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A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning and Deadly

It’s the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail heads are now installed all over [...]

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Report: 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. “Obese people are 78 percent more likely to die in a [...]

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ETC: 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 Japanese automaker has taken its diminutive hatchback Zorbing. Zwhat now, you [...]

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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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Homeboy Security Camera

A wireless indoor security camera that mounts via a magnetic base and connects to your iOS or Android device over Wi-Fi. It has an alarm, a motion detector and a camera that takes 640×480 video. Video here. More here. Hat Tip Link Price: $149 Continue Reading from the Source

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