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Takata Airbag Recall
Plainly upset with the slow pace of the Takata airbag recall, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has called for a June 2 hearing into the process that led to last week’s historic Takata airbag announcement. At that time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the airbag manufacturer, which had long dragged its feet dealing with regulators, had agreed to a consent decree under which it acknowledged that its airbags were defective. Almost immediately, the airbag recall jumped from 17 to 34 million, making theRead More
Child Car Safety Seat
Babies and child safety seat restraint systems are nearly always mentioned in the same breath. Where one goes, the other one must be installed. The thinking is that babies need to be safe, or as safe as they can be, if an accident occurs. It is a message that the safety establishment has been putting out for nearly 50 years. So, it is upsetting when a car inspection turns up child safety restraint systems that just as well might not have been installed. That, with all of the information out,Read More
Honda has stepped out on its own to conduct an independent investigation of exploding Takata airbags. While 10 automakers work together in a consortium to find the cause of problems plaguing airbags, Honda has decided to step out on its own as it also seek the cause. According to Automotive News, the automaker has hired a U.S. engineering firm to look into the cause of airbag ruptures in devices made by Takata, besieged airbag manufacturer whose exploding airbag inflators have been linked to six deaths and scores of injuries. InRead More
Honda has reported the sixth death related to Takata-manufactured airbags used in its vehicles. The number of deaths linked to faulty Takata-made airbags continues to rise with the reported Jan. 18 death in Texas of a 35-year-old father of two. According to Automotive News, American Honda has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its findings in a preliminary study of the fatal accident. The carmaker said, in a prepared statement, “The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a 2011 recall for the driver’s frontal airbagRead More
self-driving car

Posted On February 4, 2015By adminIn What's the news?

Competition between Google and Uber

It’s a matter of public record that Google was one of the sources of venture capital, giving $250 million when Uber was a start-up, and later making more capital available. That’s why Google is represented on Uber’s board by its chief legal officer David Drummond. But this investment and the position on the board are now under threat. It seems Google has begun to design a taxi-summoning app that would directly compete with Uber’s service. Except, Google’s app would summon one of its self-driving vehicles. But that’s still a conflictRead More
Honda Sales Chief Chides New Industry Loan Practice
Honda Motors’ North American Sales Chief chided the car industry for its loan practices as dealers turn increasingly to seven-year loans. Warning that the auto industry is acting stupidly by using seven-year car loans, Honda Motors’ John Mendel, the automaker’s North American Sales Chief, chided the industry for leveraging new-car sales on customers who cannot really afford the vehicles. “You’re ringing the bell on a new-car sale, but that customer is saddled — they’re stretched so thin,” Mendel told reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. HeRead More
A British woman has trouble

Posted On October 29, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

A British woman has trouble

This is another of these stories from the other side of the Atlantic which could not possibly happen in America. Meet Sharran Alexander who lives in London. She’s fifty-years-old and a mere 450 pounds in weight. The point of the story is that she’s always wanted to be able to drive, but every time she’s approached a driving school, the vehicle provided has been too small. As instructors have been quick to point out, it’s dangerous for anyone to drive if she cannot turn the wheel freely. She’s spent severalRead More
On 20 of October at 23:58 Moscow time, a private Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft flying from Moscow to Paris was completely destroyed when the plane crashed into a snowplow in the airport of Vnukovo. Four people were killed: both pilots, the flight attendant and passenger Christophe de Margerie, the head of Total SA oil company. The snowplow driver remained unharmed. At the moment, there are four official interpretations of the incident: that the pilots were at fault, dispatch was at fault, the snowplow driver was at fault or that poorRead More
When parents are looking to get their babies mobile, the first step has tended to be a tricycle. These are highly stable and encourage the development of leg muscles while promoting the learning exercise that crashing into things is bad for health. So here come the Boomers and their second childhoods, except they are buying a very different form of tricycle. These modern machines allow the rider to recline in some comfort. No more hunching over the handlebars of a two-wheeler as that paunch-wobble threatens balance. The older riders findRead More

Posted On October 7, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

How secure are cars?

There were two headlines competing for our attention over the weekend. JP Morgan confirmed that it had been hacked and data affecting about 76 million households had been compromised. It’s also suggested a further number of banks and financial institutions were infiltrated from the JP Morgan servers. This was a major “success” for the hacking community. The second headline was Tesla announcing it was soon to launch new versions of its electric vehicle that would make self-driving vehicles more real. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognised, hackersRead More