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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

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Drivers with fewer than four hours’ sleep had 11.5 times the crash rate of those who slept seven hours or more: AAA

December 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a “significantly elevated” risk of a collision if a driver has slept for fewer than seven hours in the previous 24, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded in a recent report. The Washington, D.C.-based AAA Foundation for

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U.S. Consumer Technology Association calls NHTSA’s guidelines on driver distraction from electronic devices “regulatory overreach”

November 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in the United States is calling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed guidelines on driver distraction from electronic devices “disturbing” and “regulatory overreach.” Last Wednesday, the NHTSA released the second phase of voluntary

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Aviva Canada announces 15% auto insurance discount for drivers of vehicles with automatic emergency braking

November 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada has announced a 15% auto insurance discount for drivers of vehicles that have automatic emergency braking (AEB). The insurer said in a press release on Monday that the “industry first” discount will be available to all Aviva‐insured drivers

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NHTSA proposes guidelines to address driver distraction from electronic devices

November 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released proposed guidelines to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles. The announcement, on Wednesday, covers the second phase of voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction on roads

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In world of Internet-enabled things, U.S. says security needed

November 16, 2016 Tami Abdollah - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration urged tech companies to make millions of devices safe from hacking, underscoring the risks posed by an increasingly bewildering array of internet-connected products permeating daily life, covering everything from fitness trackers to computers in automobiles.