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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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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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U.S. “quiet car” safety standard to help prevent thousands of pedestrian injuries once fully implemented: NHTSA

November 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Pedestrian protection is the driving force behind a federal “quiet car” safety standard adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will require an audible alert on all newly manufactured light-duty hybrid vehicles (HVs)

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Transport Canada identifies brake safety issue with certain Ford F-150 models

November 7, 2016 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Transport Canada has identified a brake safety issue with certain Ford F-150 models and is deciding whether Ford of Canada will be ordered to issue a recall notice. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government agency contacted Ford

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U.S. government previews rules of the road for self-driving cars

September 20, 2016 Joan Lowy and Justin Pritchard - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Obama administration officials previewed long-awaited guidance Monday that attempts to bring self-driving cars to the nation’s roadways safely – without creating so many roadblocks that the technology can’t make it to market quickly. Traditional automakers and tech companies

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U.S. traffic fatalities up 7.2% in 2015 from previous year, ending five-decade decline: NHTSA

August 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 35,000 people in the United States lost their lives in traffic crashes in the United States last year, ending a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on Monday. A total of

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Most companies unprepared for emergence of autonomous vehicles: Munich Re survey

July 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Most companies are unprepared for the emergence of autonomous vehicles (AVs), with 64% of polled risk managers saying that their companies have done nothing to prepare for the emergence of these vehicles in the auto market, according to a Munich

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Most U.S. drivers admit angry, aggressive behaviour or road rage

July 14, 2016 Joan Lowy - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Nearly 8 of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The behaviour could include

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Feds seek Autopilot data from Tesla in crash probe

July 13, 2016 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Federal safety investigators are asking electric car maker Tesla Motors for details on how its Autopilot system works and why it failed to detect a tractor trailer that crossed its path in a Florida crash. The National Highway