Category Archives: safety

50 Mayors, 11 States to Defend +50 MPG CAFE Standard

In a statement like the American Revolution’s Declaration of Independence, local leaders are rejecting a corrupt central government out of touch with the people – one that instead is beholden to special interests, big oil, and big money for campaigns to keep the corruption and tyranny ongoing. Continue reading

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Shift Indicators Bad on Ford F-Series, Lincolns, Mustangs

On the affected vehicles, the transmission can be in a gear different from the gear shift position selected by the driver. Ford said it is aware of one reported accident and injury related to this safety defect. Continue reading

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Republicans Starting to Like Putin. Treason over Patriotism?

By January 2017, after the presidential election, Democrats had become far more likely than Republicans to view Russia as a threat – though views have changed little since then. Pew does not express a view on Russian tampering with American Democratic processes. Continue reading

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Laws Mandating DUI Interlocks Save Lives

Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and four California counties have some type of interlock requirement that applies to first-time offenders. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year. Continue reading

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Clocks Spring Forward as Recalls Tick On

During 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. Continue reading

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Ford Driving Skills for Life Allows Saudi Women to Participate

Ford is training more than 250 Effat University students with lessons thought to be necessary for new drivers, tips from experts, and an understanding of safe driving practices. Continue reading

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Trump Tantrum on Trade Kills Jobs, Distracts from Expanding Russian Collusion Investigations and Criminal Indictments

The impact on automotive and parts production will be significant, but the magnitude of the action is not yet known. Continue reading

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Me Too? Raj Nair, President North America, Fired by Ford

Job One at Ford appears to include masturbating on the assembly line, showing off pictures of penises, molesting and propositioning women and retaliating against those who refused to “go along with the program,” thereby providing an expanded definition of tit for tat. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part … Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Didi Chuxing Sign Chinese Car-Sharing MoU

Automotive Alliance to explore future business opportunities with global Chinese transportation company. Continue reading

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California Air Resources Board Fines JEGS Automotive $1.7m

The California Air Resources Board today announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California. The penalty is the largest in CARB … Continue reading

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More Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

A real victory starting in 2016 came from the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Trump of course wants to ban the word and work of “science” because of its relentless search for the truth that in personal practice Trump has banned as a guiding principle for the largest democracy in the world.) Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

This latest recall addresses model year 2010 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue reading

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Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

However, journalists staring down a blank screen, an opaque prelude to more 2018 deadlines, do not have the option to Tweet and constantly Run away from the responsibilities of the job. Here is AutoInformed on some significant automotive related stories of the 2017 year, with our wry awareness, as always, that columnists conduct their education – sometimes not perfectly informed – in public. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Autoliv Air Bags on 2018 Escapes

Owners are given no warning about the shrapnel that results, increasing the risk of injury. This of course is like the ongoing Takata airbag shrapnel recall. Continue reading

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