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NTSB offers NHTSA advice on semi truck safety

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Safety, Work Based on studies conducted last year, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to improve the safety of tractor-trailers.” The suggestions range from changing actual physical components on tractor-trailers, like adding protection along the sides of trailers to keep cars [...]

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Porsche gives GT3 owners extra year of warranty, new engines in production April 22

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Porsche While the auto industry reels from massive recall after massive recall, Porsche has quietly been working on a fix for an issue that’s forced owners of the new 911 GT3 to park their track-ready rockets for fear of an engine fire. Thanks to a leaked letter from Porsche [...]

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GM not seeking NASA’s help for ignition switch recall?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM Despite previous reports, General Motors may not have sought the help of NASA in confirming that cars suffering from the ignition switch defect are safe to drive in certain conditions. The reports, which first began surfacing on Thursday, has been very widely circulated by a number of publications. “NASA [...]

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This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you’re a first-time passenger who’s a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant’s safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine’s HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify in-flight safety info . Read [...]

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Volvo’s Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that’s just as safe as everything already on [...]

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Watch these workers ghost-ride the garbage truck with purpose

Filed under: Truck, Etc., Safety, Videos, Work, Humor There’s an old phrase that suggests we “work smarter, not harder.” This garbage truck driver must have read that as “work like a monumental idiot, not harder.” The sanitation worker in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico basically ghost-rides his garbage truck while running to grab bags that have been [...]

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Senate committee votes to keep driver black box data private

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology Drivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known as black boxes. The committee concluded that the vehicle owner is the one who [...]

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GM midsize SUVs lead IIHS safety tests, Honda Pilot disappoints [w/videos]

Filed under: SUV, Safety, Videos, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Toyota General Motors finally has something to celebrate about. The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain aced the latest round of small overlap front crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety among nine midsize SUVs, and they both scored a [...]

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Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet The Center for Auto Safety and its leader, Clarence Ditlow, have taken aim at General Motors again, this timing writing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the 2003 to 2010 Chevrolet Impala. If you’ve been following our coverage of GM’s ignition switch recall, you’ll recognize [...]

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NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Safety, Videos It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” [...]

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Zero Motorcycles announces small recall for potentially catastrophic motor failure

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Motorcycle, Electric Bad news for those rooting for electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero – the brand is recalling 94 bikes built between December 26, 2013 and February 18, 2014. This is the second recall for the small-scale manufacturer in the past year, following a larger, 268-unit recall in August. More troubling, though, [...]

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