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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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Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

The Takata airbag recall could expand to cover another 85 million airbags in the United States, according to government officials. The announcement was made yesterday; to avoid the recall, auto makers would be required to show those airbags aren’t faulty. The number drastically eclipses the already massive 28.8 million recalls in the US, something that is necessary in light of the 11 deaths resulting from the defective inflators.

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The 2016 IIHS full-size truck safety scores are in… and they’ll shock you

The 2016 IIHS full-size truck safety scores are in… and they’ll shock you

Full-size trucks may look tough, but not every load-hauler is created equal according to the IIHS safety test scores for 2016. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put seven large pickups through their paces - some of the best-selling models on the market today - in a more stringent set of tests than normal, and the results are likely to cause more controversy among truck fans.

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Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

The last couple of weeks have been great for Tesla. After unveiling the new Tesla 3, more than 325,000 people put down $1,000 to reserve their own. Unfortunately today the company has announced a recall on 2,700 Model X vehicles, due to a potential issue with their third-row seating.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

The FAA has been working for months to iron out drone regulations, being forced to toe the line between public safety and the needs of innovation. Drones hold a lot of promise in many fields, but current restrictions mean many companies aren’t able to use them — forcing some like Amazon to head to other countries for testing. According to a new report, that could change soon, as the government is said to be working on changes that could allow commercial drone flights over populated regions.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 launches in India, highlights S Bike mode

Samsung Galaxy J3 launches in India, highlights S Bike mode

The Galaxy J series has become Samsung's new flag bearers for its entry-level Android smartphones. The first two members of this year's generation, the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, have already debuted in China. This week, the Galaxy J3 gets its time in the limelight in India but, somewhat ironically, it might be upstaged by one of its key special features. The smartphone is equipped with an NFC chip and comes with an NFC tag that together work to activate an "S Bike" mode particular to the India market.

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Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota plans to beat the NHTSA deadline to automatic braking by a whopping four years, announcing it will make the safety tech standard on nearly all of its cars by the end of next year. The technology, automatic emergency braking (AEB), is currently offered as an option on several Toyota and Lexus models, along with features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure guidance.

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