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Vancouver mobile app development company launches pilot program to protect Canadians from distracted driving

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

eBrake Technologies Inc., a mobile app development company founded in Vancouver in June 2016, announced on Wednesday a pilot program that will offer a smartphone app designed to prevent distracted driving. The pilot program will offer smartphone app eBrake to

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Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

July 12, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Takata is adding a new type of air bag inflator to the nation’s largest automotive recall. The company filed documents with the U.S. government adding 2.7 million vehicles to the recall from Ford, Nissan and Mazda, all with

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Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, U.S.

June 26, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators

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Experts: Takata bankruptcy means air bag victims get less

June 20, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and

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Transport Canada issues final rule on electronic stability control for heavy trucks

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is applauding Transport Canada’s amendments related to the introduction of electronic stability control (ESC) on commercial vehicles. The CTA said in a press release on Wednesday that the objective of the rule, published earlier this

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Dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars, experts say

April 19, 2017 Tom Krisher and Ken Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from

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Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4M vehicles; engines can fail

April 7, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers some of the Korean automakers’

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Ford recalls 570K vehicles in North America and Europe for fire risk, door latch trouble

March 29, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 570,000 vehicles in North America and Europe to fix separate problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly. The recalls will hit the company’s bottom line in the first

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Six in 10 U.S. drivers think self-driving cars will eliminate problem of distracted driving: poll

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Almost six in 10 drivers in the United States think that self-driving cars will eliminate the problem of distracted driving, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of Erie, Penn.-based Erie Insurance. The online survey by Harris Poll, released

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Older drivers like active safety features, resist autonomous vehicles: Munich Re survey

March 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new survey out of the United States exploring the sentiments of older drivers 65 and over shows about half of the respondents would not be comfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle, but they see great value in active safety

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Aviva Canada applauds bill to address distracted driving through creation of designated “safe texting zones”

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada is applauding the second reading of a private member’s bill in Ontario to combat distracted driving through the creation of designated “safe texting zones.” Bill 19, the Safe Texting Zones Act, passed second reading on Thursday. Brought forward

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U.S. government to require cars to be able to talk to each other

December 13, 2016 Joan Lowy - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a proposal released Tuesday by the Department of Transportation. Officials say the technology holds