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Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda, which has already been particularly hard hit over the Takata airbags fiasco, has expanded its recall over the issue, adding 1,252 of its 2015 Crosstour vehicles to the list. In this case, it is the side air bag that could potentially be faulty, leading to possible injuries in the event it deploys improperly during a wreck. According to the NHTSA, the air bag might not inflate to the proper level due to inflator tube issues; fortunately, the auto maker isn't aware of any injuries that have resulted from this potential issue.

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Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving cars will have to wait to find out the rules of the road, California's DMV has admitted, with plans to have polices figured out by the end of the year scuppered by autonomous complexity. The Department of Motor Vehicles had been set a challenge by the US government to come up with a rule book for cars able to auto-navigate, but according to the agency there are still far too many questions left unanswered about how models will be deemed sufficiently safe to be let loose on the roads. The problem, the DMV points out, is that nobody has come up with a "driving test" for autonomous vehicles.

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Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche can add its name to the list of auto makers undergoing recalls as of late, with the company initiating a recall of its illustrious 918 Spyder. This is a limited edition model, and of the 918 units produced (hence the name), 205 of them are being recalled. The reason revolves around the chassis, which could be prone to issues due to a fault discovered through internal quality testing. Though the potential for problems exist, no owners have filed any complaints related to it.

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Keurig recalls 7m brewers for burning coffee addicts

Keurig recalls 7m brewers for burning coffee addicts

Keurig is recalling more than seven million coffee machines, after in addition to squirting pod coffee into a mug, the brewers also sprayed hot water at users themselves. A single machine, the Keurig MINI Plus, is responsible for the headache, with around 90 owners reporting burns after the water inside overheated and jetted out at them. The fix, so Keurig claims, is simple, and it even insists that owners needn't stop using their brewers while they wait for it - just as long as they're willing to take some basic precautions.

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Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford has vastly increased the number of vehicles it is recalling over ongoing fears around Takata airbag problems, with more than half a million cars now on the list including Mustangs and the Ford GT. The announcement today sees around 447,310 new vehicles now being summoned back into dealerships for attention, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested further replacements of drive-side airbags following continued concerns that the safety tech could injure or even kill when activated.

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Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Automotive recalls have been extensive this year, and the issues have touched on a variety of systems: brakes, tires, air bags, fuel, and more. A large recall is currently underway over Takata airbags believed to be defective, for example, and GM is still working its way through the massive recalls it has initiated over the past year. Now Harley Davidson has surfaced with its own recall, but the reason is relatively tame in comparison to these other recent auto industry troubles.

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BMW to demo automated multi-car parking tech at CES 2015

BMW to demo automated multi-car parking tech at CES 2015

Wouldn't it be nice.if you could just leave your car at the parking entrance and it will just navigate through the maze and find a nice, cozy, empty spot all by itself? And wouldn't it be even swell if you could "summon" your car when it's time to leave and just wait for it at the exit, again confident in the knowledge that your trusted metallic steed will know how to make its way through? That is exactly the technology that BMW hopes to wow the public at CES 2015 next year.

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Jaguar Land Rover wants to make your car pillars disappear

Jaguar Land Rover wants to make your car pillars disappear

Beautiful as your car's frame might be, some consider them as visual obstructions that keep drivers from getting the full view of their surroundings to help them make safer choices. What if you could make that frame disappear without actually making them disappear? That contradiction is exactly what Jaguar Land Rover is trying to develop with its 360-degree Urban Widescreen, which turns a car's pillars seemingly transparent, without actually changing the material and form of the pillars themselves.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

We've previously heard about incidents where drones have gotten too close to aircraft, but the number of incidents is considerably higher than anticipated, according to data from the FAA. Since the first of June, there have been 25 reported incidents where small drones came within a few feet or few seconds of crashing into aircraft, most of which happened during landings and takeoffs. This comes at a time when the FAA is looking to severely restrict commercial drone usage through various regulations.

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