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Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

In what would end up being an unprecedented move in the U.S., government regulators are in talks about intervening in the Takata airbag scandal, doing so to ensure that all repairs are made efficiently and quickly. Reasons cited revolve around the sheer size of the recall, with a dozen major auto makers being involved and millions of cars. According to a recent report, the NHTSA is leaning in favor of taking over.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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BrainShield football helmet decal helps prevent brain injury

BrainShield football helmet decal helps prevent brain injury

Football, popular as it is, has caused many, many injuries over its existence, not the least of which are very serious life-altering damage to players’ brains. Great strides have been taken to reduce or prevent these head trauma incidents, and the latest among them is BrainShield, a helmet decal that is designed to prevent brain injuries from happening altogether. The decal works by diverting the force of the impact.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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Uber drivers begin receiving AMBER alerts across the US

Uber drivers begin receiving AMBER alerts across the US

Uber has announced a new initiative that aims to put its network of always-connected drivers to good use in helping to protect children. The company says it has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and drivers will begin receiving AMBER alerts — public alerts issued via TV, radio, and other methods that warn local areas of an abducted child. This will apply to all 180 US cities where Uber operates, with drivers receiving warnings about endangered children in their area.

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Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Most recalls concern automobiles, but bicycles can suffer the same fate if faulty parts or construction is found. Such is the case concerning about 1.3 million bikes in the United States, which are being recalled due to a problem related to the front brakes. The recall was detailed yesterday, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission stating the affected bicycles are from 13 manufacturers. In addition, a smaller number of affected bikes are located in Mexico and Canada.

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2016 Nissan Altima borrows Maxima style, adds SR sport trim

2016 Nissan Altima borrows Maxima style, adds SR sport trim

Nissan has outed the 2016 Altima, its refreshed midsize sedan, borrowing styling from the larger Maxima while adding a new, sportier version. Now more aggressive externally, and promising more intuitive, user-friendly controls internally, the revamped Altima also claims a slight improvement in economy while safety tech has also been upgraded.

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GM VP: Autonomous cars “the ultimate safety objective”

GM VP: Autonomous cars “the ultimate safety objective”

General Motors will look to self-driving cars to boost safety, as the company attempts to emerge from the $900m black cloud of its Justice Department settlement. The deal, which will also see GM cough up to pay for three years of independent safety monitoring, was announced yesterday: among its terms, the Justice Department will defer charges for three years and, assuming GM toes the line, drop them after that.

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Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus, an LA-based company, has introduced a smart jacket for cyclists that is designed specifically to keep them safe — and not just in terms of preventing road rash. The smart jacket features integrated LED lights in strategic places that light up for extra visibility and function as blinking turn signals, alerting nearby drivers of your intention to turn and, at night, the fact that you're on the road with them.

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GM agrees $900m ignition switch mea-culpa with Justice Dept

GM agrees $900m ignition switch mea-culpa with Justice Dept

General Motors will cough up $900m to placate the Justice Department over its flawed ignition switches, as well as settling civil actions over almost 1,400 deaths connected to the problem. The news brings to a close a saga spanning more than a decade, and which saw GM admit that some of its employees were aware of the issue - which could see affected cars suddenly lose power, not to mention control over steering and brakes - many years before official recalls were announced.

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Dainese motorcycle airbag jackets aim to protect riders in an accident

Dainese motorcycle airbag jackets aim to protect riders in an accident

If you have ever wondered how exactly a motorcycle racer can take a massive spill at triple digit speeds and then just get up and walk away, it's the safety gear that allows them to do that. Part of that safety gear for modern racers is an airbag system that inflates at just the right time to protect the rider from serious injury as they hit the ground and slide. A company called Dianese has a new line of airbag jackets coming to market for street riders.

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10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

10 automakers vow to make automatic emergency braking standard

The NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that ten auto makers plan to offer automatic emergency braking as a standard feature. This is the latest step major car manufacturers are taking to bring more advanced safety technologies to a larger customer base, something that will eventually lead to such technologies being common on the road and, hopefully, a subsequent decrease in the number of crashes and deaths that happen.

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