Category Archives: safety

Bad Breaks, err Brakes – 640,000+ Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs Recalled for Brake Failures. Again.

Affected vehicles – and the failure rate is a, gulp, non-skid-mark producing 41%, yes 415 – may have had incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154). Continue reading

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TSB Investigating Quebec Drone Crash with Passenger Aircraft

The Beechcraft King Air turboprop was approaching runway 24 and had just completed the final approach fix when the crew noticed a drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – at the extremity of the left wing. The aircraft hit the UAV at an altitude of 1500 feet and the crew declared an emergency. Continue reading

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Brinks Trucks Not Going to the Bank. ATM Machines to Empty?

Unifor has called for three-person crews to permit the driver to stay in the vehicle to function as a lookout and protect his fellow crew members. The Canadian company will not even guarantee that they will not further reduce to one-person crews. Continue reading

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Deal in Ontario, Québec Class Actions against Ford. Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Repair Steps Taken in U.S., Mexico

If the Settlement is approved by the Ontario and Québec Courts, and if an owner submits a valid claim form and the required supporting documentation, Ford will reimburse certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs to address exhaust odor. Continue reading

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Drone Hits Passenger Skyjet Inbound for Quebec City

It is only inevitable that drones will continue to pose a threat to people who fly commercially. Unfortunately, the growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, will more than triple in size from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles at the end of 2016 to more than 3.5 million units by 2021 according to the U.S. FAA. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Recall – Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife and Server sets due to cutting hazard for users including U.S. Military personnel. Continue reading

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Ford Dropping Car Business – Reallocating $7B in Capital

It’s time for Ford to reorganize yet again. This time around it’s as radical a turnaround plan as ever seen in Dearborn with Ford essentially ceding the car market to other major auto makers and reallocating the $7 billion saved to bets – with wildly uncertain odds – in the connected car and autonomous car areas, as well as the newly emerging interactive road system. Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles Buying Stampede – GM and Strobe

LIDAR uses light to create high-resolution images that provide a more accurate view of the world than cameras or radar alone. As self-driving technology continues to evolve, LIDAR’s accuracy will play a critical role in its deployment. Long gone is the original fantasy that State and Federal road markings would be adequate. – they don’t even work for human directed vehicles. Continue reading

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DENSO to Spend $1 billion in Tennessee

Globally, DENSO claims to be a leading developer of electrification systems for automobiles, tasks involved in vehicle safety and security, and newer areas that connect vehicles and society. These systems will play a crucial role in meeting increasing electric vehicle demand, says DENSO. Continue reading

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GM Roughs in Choices for Autonomous Fuel Cells

General Motors in an active and thus far unsuccessful “pump up the moribund stock price with press releases” claims today that it will solve some of the transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The … Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Braun Infant Wiggle Ball

Toys “R” Us is recalling almost 33,000 Chinese made Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball playthings, aka a giggle ball in the U.S. and Canada. It’s no laughing matter as pieces have been found in infants’ mouths. Continue reading

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Mega Recall from Chrysler for Fires

On June 16, 2016, through active field report monitoring, it was discovered that two Ram vehicles with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines experienced fires which appeared to originate around the water pump. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk – Skip Hop Nightlight Soothers

This safety recall involves Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies owl and elephant nightlight soothers that play melodies or nature sounds and project images. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Dick’s Sporting Goods

At least 12 injuries have been reported because of broken tubes. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest Dick’s Sporting Goods store. People with a receipt will receive a full refund and consumers without a receipt will receive a store credit so they can possibly buy more Chinese junk. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reports Now Online

Pennsylvania law states that only certain parties may access a crash report, including those involved in the crash, their attorney, and their insurance company. Continue reading

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