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Toyota fixed the Takata airbag in two popular cars – now it’s recalling them again

Toyota fixed the Takata airbag in two popular cars – now it’s recalling them again

Toyota is recalling 191,000 cars for a second airbag replacement, having discovered that the Takata replacement first installed could itself be faulty. The double recall impacts cars both in North America and Japan, and among some of Toyota's most popular models.

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Coca-Cola Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s “detonator” bottles banned by TSA

Coca-Cola Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s “detonator” bottles banned by TSA

It's not out of place for brands to try to ride on some hype to advertise their products and, of course, get some extra sales. Sometimes, those marketing attempts are genius and sometimes you can't help but go "WTF!". Coca-Cola's and Disney's latest Star Wars collaboration stands somewhere near the latter. The two have made a very convincing replica of a Star Wars prop available from the newly opened "Galaxy's Edge" theme parks. The soda bottles are, in fact, so convincing that the TSA is banning them on all flights, be it checked-in or carry-on luggage.

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Car camera side-mirrors could finally get US approval

Car camera side-mirrors could finally get US approval

Cameras that replace car side mirrors with a high-tech - and more aerodynamic - alternative will go into safety testing by US road regulators, potentially bringing legislation currently blocking the high-tech upgrade in line with what's permitted internationally. Several automakers already offer vehicles with cameras in the place of traditional glass mirrors, but current laws prevent their use in the US.

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New Honda airbag grabs your head like a baseball mitt – and that’s a good thing

New Honda airbag grabs your head like a baseball mitt – and that’s a good thing

A new airbag design is set to show up in Honda cars from 2020, promising to grab and cradle a passenger's head like a baseball in a mitt. While that may not be the most reassuring mental image when you're considering an unexpected impact, the multi-part airbag could help avoid neck injuries that are often sustained by front passengers during crashes that occur at an angle.

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June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

Having connected bulbs and thermostats can be convenient and almost harmless when things go wrong. When you take the Internet of Things to stoves and ovens, however, you are taking things to a whole new level, especially when it comes to safety. Some homeowners might be a bit wary of such hi-tech cooking equipment and three cases of June Ovens turning on in the middle of the night are doing nothing to assuage their fears. June's response, however, is also classic.

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Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi's e-tron SUV may not have been the first all-electric luxury car to US roads, but it can claim to be the first such vehicle to get a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. The new fully battery-electric SUV has managed to scoop rivals like the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC to the independent safety test's top score.

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Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Ever since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, regulators and airlines have become wary of lithium batteries on planes, be it as checked in baggage or especially in cabins. The US Federal Aviation Administration even created special instructions in 2016 to address that particular issue. And to be fair, Samsung isn't being singled out by authorities. The FAA has just reminded airlines of those guidelines which basically prohibits 2015 15-inch MacBooks from going on flights.

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US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

There is an old saying that goes "just because you could, doesn't mean you should." And because it's old, it is also often taken for granted. That, however, seems to the realization that the US Navy has reached in investigating a fatal warship collision in 2017. Moving forward, the Navy will be installing physical controls and throttles on warships installed with touchscreens after an overwhelming amount of fleets voiced their preference for the analog controls over flat glass ones.

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FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 44 vaping products, including items sold for hookahs and e-liquids, to be pulled from shelves in the United States. These products can't be legally sold, according to the agency, because the companies behind them do not have the proper marketing authorization. The news arrives amid the FDA's ongoing investigation of a possible link between vaping and seizures.

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FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

Consumers around the nation have expressed concerns about the potential health consequences associated with 5G networks. The issue arrives as cities increase the number of RF antennas to support 5G networks, spurring a letter sent in December 2018 to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr over the matter. In a statement about the concerns published today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed that the agency maintain the current radiofrequency exposure limits for handheld gadgets.

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Vaping concerns grow as FDA probes 127 seizure and neurological cases

Vaping concerns grow as FDA probes 127 seizure and neurological cases

In early April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a small advisory warning that it had received some reports of seizures possibly linked to electronic cigarette use. At the time, the FDA said it had identified 35 cases associated with vaping; in an update published today, the agency said that number has jumped to 127. In addition to seizures, the FDA warns that some neurological issues may be linked to vaping.

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Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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