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Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla has come out fighting against reports that the automaker is trying to cover up car safety issues, and prevent owners from discussing them with federal safety agencies. The accusations came following a report of a broken suspension system in an out-of-warranty Model S, which Tesla offered to help pay for repairs on as part of what the company says now was a "goodwill gesture" to the owner.

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12m cars with Takata airbags, including some Ferraris, recalled in U.S.

12m cars with Takata airbags, including some Ferraris, recalled in U.S.

The largest automotive recall in the United States has just gotten bigger, with eight car manufacturers tacking yet another 12 million cars onto the recall list. Each vehicle is fitted with a Takata air bag inflator, the same kind that can potentially deploy with deadly amounts of force if exposed to high humidity levels for long periods of time. The affected auto makers include Nissan, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Ferrari, Subaru, and Mitsubishi, according to the NHTSA.

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NASA uses crash dummies in extreme Orion drop tests

NASA uses crash dummies in extreme Orion drop tests

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will eventually make a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean with living astronauts inside — those astronauts will experience “some of the greatest forces on the human body,” according to the space agency. Before that time comes, though, NASA is fitting Orion with crash test dummies and sending them through this rapid deceleration first to see what happens.

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500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

Nearly half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled over potential loss of airbag functionality in vehicles that have been exposed to a lot of dirt and dust (eg, used off-roading). Fiat Chrysler America announced the recall following an internal investigation that surfaced the issue; of the units being recalled, 498,985 of them are located in the United States.

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Ecigs now banned from checked airline luggage

Ecigs now banned from checked airline luggage

The U.S. Department of Transportation has banned e-cigarettes from checked airline luggage, announcing the change today. According to DOT, putting e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’ in checked baggage poses a fire risk, with there having been several incidents in the recent past related to the matter. The ban doesn’t mean you can’t take your ecig with you, though -- you'll just have to make sure it's in your carry-on.

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Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Texting while driving is a serious problem, and it has resulted in far too many pointless deaths. Auto makers have rolled out campaigns in an attempt to educate the public about its dangers, cities have cracked down against such drivers, and researchers have even created devices that disable your car if you get distracted. The problem persists, however, and a new study has shed light on just how dangerous it is: texting while driving doesn't activate a 'sixth sense' that usually protects drivers while on the road.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the Takata airbag recall in the U.S., announcing that between 35 million and 40 million additional inflators will be added. The announcement was made today, and marks a new record-breaking auto recall, bringing the total number of affected parts up to 69 million. As well, Tesla Motors has been added to the affected list, bringing the number of manufacturers up to 17.

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Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Last week, Volvo banded together with Google, Ford, and Lyft to form a coalition that will push for safer streets in the US via autonomous driving technologies. In the UK, Volvo is making a similar, perhaps even more aggressive push, also with self-driving cars. Calling it "Drive Me London" the campaign aims to introduce self-driving cars on public roads by putting real-life families inside the cars, and behind the wheels, in what could be both the most ambitious and perhaps most dangerous test of self-driving cars in both continents.

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German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

Texting or otherwise using your smartphone while walking can be hazardous to your health — more than a few people have accidentally fallen down holes, stepped in front of cars, and more, all while staring down at the small screen in their hand while walking. The German city of Augsburg is looking to change that by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk, hoping to catch the eye of someone who is staring down at their phone while walking.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

A couple months after the NHTSA started investigating the shifters in certain vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to recall 1.1 million vehicles to address rollaway issues many drivers have experienced. The trouble, it seems, are the shifters in these recalled vehicles and many drivers’ mistaken assumption that they shifted the car into park. According to the NHTSA, “hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries” have resulted from the poorly designed electronic gear shifters.

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GM recalls a million Silverado and Sierra trucks due to seat belt issue

GM recalls a million Silverado and Sierra trucks due to seat belt issue

This hasn't been a good week for car recalls. So far we've seen Tesla, Bugatti, and BMW recall a large number of vehicles, collectively. Not to mention all of the faulty airbags that Takata has been trying to address. And now GM is recalling more than a million trucks, due to an issue with the seat belt.

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