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Honk

Honk is a US roadside assistance app for iOS and Android. Use it to connect to nearby tow trucks and other vehicle services, specify your problem and get a quote. If you agree on the price (minimum $49) you’ll get help in 15-30min. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Continue Reading from the Source

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Official: Honda underreported 1,729 claims of injuries or deaths since 2003

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Honda Among these underreported cases were eight Takata airbag inflator ruptures not submitted. Following an independent audit of its safety reporting procedures, Honda has found massive holes in its methodology and practices that resulted in 1,729 claims of injuries or deaths going unreported to federal authorities dating back to July 2003. [...]

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Report: Woman’s criminal record cleared in crash caused by GM’s ignition defect

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM A woman in Texas is celebrating a cleared criminal record after being exonerated in a fatal crash now linked to General Motors’ faulty ignition switches. Candice Anderson was driving a Saturn Ion in 2004 when she struck a tree. The incident injured her and killed her boyfriend in the front [...]

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Report: Will states start to prevent you from registering cars that have pending recalls?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Honda, Ownership The impact of 2014 – henceforth known as Year of the Recalls – will have long-ranging consequences on the auto industry. One of the biggest changes, though, might not be in the way manufacturers inform the government of pending recalls or in the way Uncle Sam punishes automakers [...]

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Official: Feds chastise Marchionne over Jeep recall, only 13% repaired so far

Filed under: SUV, Safety, Jeep Following the significant outcry surrounding the General Motors and Takata airbag safety crises this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be taking a much more aggressive role in pushing owners to repair their recalled vehicles. In the agency’s latest move, it’s urging Jeep drivers to get their [...]

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Official: Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn ‘dire’ crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Safety, Videos, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Toyota First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers’ existence. It’s a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end to take the brunt of a [...]

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Retro Safety Glasses

Like Hand Eye Supply’s offerings, Restoration Hardware’s horn-rimmed safety glasses are stylish alternatives to the workshop staple. It has polycarbonate lenses, adjustable steel temples and removable perforated side shields. Hat Tip Link Price: $23 Continue Reading from the Source

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Report: Ford, GM still doing new business with Takata amidst airbag crisis

Filed under: Safety, BMW, Ford, GM, Earnings/Financials, Technology Lengthy vehicle development times make it difficult for automakers to cut and run from the supplier. You might expect automakers to be fleeing any connection with beleaguered supplier Takata in the wake of the company’s exploding airbag inflator crisis. After all, with a Senate hearing, pending lawsuit, [...]

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Report: Ford, GM still doing new business with Takata amidst airbag crisis

Filed under: Safety, BMW, Ford, GM, Earnings/Financials, Technology Lengthy vehicle development times make it difficult for automakers to cut and run from the supplier. You might expect automakers to be fleeing any connection with beleaguered supplier Takata in the wake of the company’s exploding airbag inflator crisis. After all, with a Senate hearing, pending lawsuit, [...]

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Report: Arizona suing GM for $3 billion over recalls

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM General Motors is facing even more legal trouble after recalling roughly 26.6 million vehicles in the US this year. The latest case comes from the Arizona Attorney General and alleges that GM executives knew about the problems with its models but avoided disclosing them to the public. At its maximum, [...]

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Report: Chinese manufacturer disavows tires after poor Consumer Reports test [w/video]

Filed under: SUV, Truck, China, Safety, Videos To most consumers, tires all tend to look alike and be fairly easy to ignore. You slap them on your vehicle, check the pressures (somewhat) regularly and drive for thousands of miles. They’re arguably the most important part of your car, however, and they deserve more attention and [...]

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Breaking: Obama nominates Mark Rosekind for next NHTSA administrator

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety Amid two of the greatest safety crises in automotive history, the federal agency charged with protecting American motorists may finally have a new leader. The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind to become the next administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rosekind has served [...]

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This Kid-Proof Outlet Wouldn’t Power Up Until You Plug Something In

Any household with small roaming humans inevitably has to block its electrical sockets from tiny probing fingers. But most of the childproof measures out there—plastic plugs, sliding faceplates—can still be impregnated by determined hands. This outlet prototype wouldn’t supply any electricity to its sockets until a plug is inserted—and it could even tell the difference [...]

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Official: NHTSA demands national recall of Takata airbags

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety The justification behind limiting the Takata airbag recall only to certain high humidity areas in the US always seemed somewhat dubious. The US Department of Transportation apparently agrees because in a detailed statement posted on the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the feds are requesting nationwide action. [...]

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Report: Honda is replacing airbags nationwide, not just in humid states

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Honda With a Senate hearing scheduled for November 20, the investigations into the exploding airbag inflators from automotive supplier Takata are just beginning. Honda is among the automakers most affected by the problem with over five million vehicles potentially in need of repair in the US, according to the last estimate [...]

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Video: Texas Armoring chief literally stands behind his product

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Technology, Videos, Mercedes-Benz, Autoblog Black There are ways to test armor plating. You test the components under laboratory conditions, install them on a vehicle, test them some more, maybe put in some dummies to make sure occupants would be safe from harm under real-world conditions. But the Texas Armoring Corporation and [...]

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Featured: Public opinion swings hard against traffic cameras

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety On election night, Jason Sonenshein merely hoped an anti-traffic camera ballot initiative for which he had campaigned would squeak out a win. He was nervous. In the days leading up to the election, traffic-camera proponents had increased their advertising, including a TV spot featuring an emotional appeal to voters from a [...]

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U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Ignition-switch recall stirs new controversy for GM

Filed under: Motorsports, Performance, Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, Fisker, Design/Style GM has recalled an estimated 2.6 million vehicles for the ignition switches, and it’s believed at least 32 deaths have resulted from the crashes. General Motors again came under fire this week for its handling of its far-reaching ignition-switch recall. Newly released emails [...]

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Report: New death linked to Takata airbag crisis, Honda recalls 170k vehicles overseas

Filed under: Government/Legal, Japan, Recalls, Safety, Honda The safety crisis surrounding Takata’s exploding airbags continues to expand. In the latest revelation, Honda confirms another death linked to the faulty parts, and the company is expanding its recall of the components. However, none of the newly added vehicles are in the United States. With the confirmation [...]

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