Lane Departure Warnings, Blind Spot Alerts (Probably) Reducing Crashes: Study

Lane departure alerts and blind spot monitoring systems can significantly reduce crashes if consumers use the features, according to two recent studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While this information falls into the no-brainer category, rarely do we get specific metrics on these particular technologies. “This is the first evidence that lane departure warning is […]

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Bulky A-pillars Getting in the Way? Toyota Has a Clear Solution

Back in the days of sky-high tailfins and wraparound windshields, A-pillars weren’t of sufficient thickness to hide little Timmy riding his bike, or maybe that Ford Fairlane approaching from behind that shrub to your left. No, front seat vision was grand — trying to stop your Detroit barge with unassisted drums brakes was the real challenge. […]

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Toyota’s Safe-driving App Relies on Embarrassing Teenagers

Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any demographic. Younger drivers are most likely to use their phones while driving or speed in high-traffic areas, and roughly half of all accidents associated with younger drivers were single-vehicle crashes. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among […]

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Toyota’s Safe-driving App Relies on Embarrassing Teenagers

Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any demographic. Younger drivers are most likely to use their phones while driving or speed in high-traffic areas, and roughly half of all accidents associated with younger drivers were single-vehicle crashes. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among […]

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GM Reportedly Rushes to Block Ignition-Switch Settlement, Still Faces Billions in Liabilities

Lawyers behind a $10 billion class-action suit against General Motors for defective ignition switches are claiming the automaker blocked a settlement at the last minute that would have forced the company to pay potentially billions more in damages resulting from the 2014 scandal. GM’s trust representing its pre-2009 bankruptcy assets, officially known as the General Unsecured Creditor […]

GM Reportedly Rushes to Block Ignition-Switch Settlement, Still Faces Billions in Liabilities

UPDATE, 1/24/2018: In a ruling last week, U.S. bankruptcy judge Martin Glenn said that while the trust “acted in bad faith” during negotiations, the settlement was nonenforceable since there were neither signatures nor any proof of an oral agreement between the parties. Hagens Berman, the firm alleging economic harm and consumer protection violations, would have […]

Not-so-sudden Impact: Waymo Patents a Softer-crashing Car to Safeguard Pedestrians

Autonomous vehicles are being billed as a safer alternative to human-controlled transportation and, assuming the hardware functions as intended, that’s likely to be the case. But eventually a self-driving car is going to smack into a pedestrian and no company wants to hold the honor of being first. Google’s autonomous vehicle arm, Waymo, is working on a […]

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Ford Identifies Source of Dangerous Carbon Monoxide Leak in Police Vehicles

Ford has assembled five squads of investigators to help police departments cope with the growing number of reports of exhaust fumes incapacitating on-duty officers in Explorer-based Interceptor Utility vehicles. While the problem appears to exist in civilian spec SUVs as well, police vehicles are getting the most attention from Ford and the press, especially after the National […]

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Takata Asks Court to Stall Airbag Victims’ Lawsuits Against Automakers

Takata, the airbag supplier whose cost-cutting measures ended up killing people, issued a request on Wednesday to suspend lawsuits against automakers filed by those injured by its faulty inflators. Without the injunction, Takata claims the rampant litigation would prohibit management from completing the sale of the company’s viable operations to Key Safety Systems for $1.6 billion, threatening […]

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