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2014 Chevy Impala being investigated over braking issue

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Chevrolet, GM General Motors‘ recent recall woes may only be getting worse. According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 60,000 2014 Chevrolet Impala models over concerns relating to the sedan’s emergency braking system. The News reports that the NHTSA probe comes on [...]

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Saturn Ion steering probe closed by NHTSA

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, GM, Saturn The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation into faulty electric power steering motors affecting 334,728 Saturn Ions from 2004-2007, because General Motors has issued a recall for them. The group’s research found that the part failed at a high rate in the vehicles. GM recalled over [...]

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Hundreds of thousands of recalled GM cars may never get fixed

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, GM Despite all of the national publicity and Congressional hearings, General Motors may never fix all of the roughly 2.6 million vehicles involved in its ignition switch recall. The automaker may never get the chance – many owners simply don’t have recalled vehicles serviced, regardless of the danger. Since the automaker [...]

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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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