Category Archives: safety

Republican Rep. Christopher Collins Guilty of Insider Trading

Collins was the first U.S. Representative to endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States, perhaps recognizing kindred spirit in his approach to self-serving actions, and he served on Trump’s presidential transition team. He resigned his seat in 2019 and afterwards pled guilty to insider trading and lying to the FBI. Continue reading

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OmniVision Claims Only Auto Sensors with HDR to 140dB

If the driving environment has very dark and very bright areas, e.g., exiting a tunnel with the sun low on the horizon,  high-performance HDR sensors are needed. In addition, LEDs are becoming omnipresent on the road, including illumination, traffic lights, road signs and bus displays. Continue reading

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Two New Safety Recalls at Ford Motor – F-Series and Explorer

Ford Motor Company is issuing two new safety recalls in North America on some of its newest, best-selling vehicle lines – F-Series, and Explorer. Continue reading

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GM Recalls More than 500k Pickup Trucks for Possible Burning Cloth Carpet After Seat Belt Pretensioners Activate

When the front seat belt pretensioners deploy, hot gas may vent through an opening in the pretensioner bracket, possibly igniting the carpet. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls ‘Confused, Lost’ Emergency Call System

It’s the latest software glitch that can threaten customers lives because of bad computer code. A wrong vehicle location may delay emergency responders, increasing the risk of injury or worse. Continue reading

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Fasten Your Seat Belt – General Motors Files RICO Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

In GM’s view FCA was the sponsor of “pervasive wrongdoing, paying millions of dollars in bribes to obtain benefits, concessions, and advantages in the negotiation, implementation, and administration of labor agreements over time.” Continue reading

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Continental, 3M to Develop Intelligent Infrastructure Technology

By Continental’s admission, and an awareness of the enormity of the task that is becoming more collective admitted among previously unbridled automaker promoters, “current infrastructure is lacking some aspects of consistency, uniformity, performance specifications, and maintenance standards that are important for the industry to optimize the perception and localization capabilities of automated vehicles…
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FCA US Recalls More Than 107,000 Diesels for Engine Fires

Thus far no fix is proposed even though the company is aware of four injuries related to the safety defect. In the required NHTSA filing, FCA says it has identified 61 field reports potentially related to EGR cooler failure. Total EGR cooler warranty replacements is 8,909. Continue reading

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FCA + PSA = Massive Job Losses

For enthusiasts as well a workers there are other threats. How about a spin-off FCA’s expensive low-return Alfa Romeo/Maserati operations? Simple math here: It would provide funds for the new FCA-PSA group while improving its utilization rate. Continue reading

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Deadly Takata Airbags – Toyota Recalls +900K Vehicles Again

Thus, Toyota is recalling a recall on 97 models. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. Continue reading

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China – SEC Charges 18 Traders for Stock Manipulation

According to the SEC’s complaint, the traders used multiple accounts to place several small sell orders to drive down a stock’s price before using a different set of accounts to buy larger amounts of the stock at the artificially low prices. After amassing their position, the traders placed several small buy orders to push up prices so they could then sell their stock at artificially high prices. Continue reading

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Another Weird and Wacky Tokyo Motor Show to Open

The theme for this year’s show, “Open Future,” is expanded beyond automobiles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles and auto-related displays. It broadens to include developments (and rentals) from other industries. In short, the traditional auto show as we know it is no longer sustainable. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi Electric Claims Level 4 Autonomous Driving Without High Definition Maps or Auto Parking

Mitsubishi Electric said it expects to realize fully autonomous driving in designated areas (Autonomous Driving Level 4 > see SAE Autonomous Driving Levels) by implementing proprietary traffic-control technologies, which are currently deployed for both railways and aircrafts, and artificial-intelligence (AI) technology dubbed MAISART. (roughly – Mitsubishi AI creates State-of-the-ART in technology) Continue reading

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BMW, Rolls Royce, Toyota Backup Camera Software Recall

BMW of North America is recalling 51 products totaling 257,473 vehicles because the back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear-view image is no longer visible, and the system will retain that setting. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Recalls 2019 Ranger Pickups for Fires

This safety defect recall affects 17,965 vehicles in the United States and federal territories and 1,544 in Canada. Vehicles were built at Michigan Assembly Plant, August and September 2019. Continue reading

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