Category Archives: safety

Punch It Performance and Tuning to Stop Selling Illegal Devices to Defeat Emissions Controls

“EPA will vigorously pursue and prosecute companies who attempt to circumvent emission controls that are required to reduce air pollution,” said EPA. Continue reading

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Japanese Issue Arrest Warrant for Wife of Carlos Ghosn

Mr. Ghosn has scheduled a press conference today in Lebanon to give some comments on his arrest and pending trial. Carole Ghosn, not surprisingly, has been a vocal critic of the charges and Japanese justice system that is perverse by western standards. Continue reading

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Uber and Hyundai Show Full-Scale Air Taxi at CES

The air vehicle concept Hyundai released today was created in part through a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies. Continue reading

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Nissan Blasts Ghosn as Unfit to Serve as An Executive

“The internal investigation found incontrovertible evidence of various acts of misconduct by Ghosn, including misstatement of his compensation and misappropriation of the company’s assets for his personal benefit,” Nissan said. Continue reading

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Reuters Reports Carlos Ghosn Jumps Bail Before His Trial and Flees Japan for Lebanon Where He Can’t Be Extradited

“Ghosn’s abrupt departure marks the latest dramatic twist in a year-old saga that has shaken the global auto industry, jeopardized the alliance of Nissan Motor Co Ltd and its top shareholder Renault SA and cast a harsh light on the fairness of Japan’s judicial system,” Reuters reported.   Continue reading

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Universal City Nissan Sues Saudi Billionaire, Khaled al-Juffali and Nissan Motor, Among Others, over Payoff by Carlos Ghosn

auto industry commentary, autoinformed.com, Ghosn Matter, Kenneth Zino, West Covina Nissan, Glendale Nissan/Infiniti, Universal City Nissan, Morris Sage, Khaled al-Juffali, Byron Z. Moldo, Continue reading

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DOT Finally, Belatedly Admits Drone Remote ID Needed

Critics are quick to point out that this is similar to the process that failed at Boeing and killed hundreds of people – letting the regulated dictate the regulations. The 737 Max, belatedly grounded, is still grounded as the promised software fix is still a promise. Continue reading

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Nissan Scandal – a Gift That Keeps on Giving – Executive Officer and Vice COO Jun Seki Unexpectedly Resigns

The Nissan Corporate governance crisis is ongoing and comes as Nissan has started its new management under Representative Executive Officer, president and CEO Makoto Uchida as of December 1, 2019. Seki was to be a key executive in administering the turn-around that seeks to halt slumping sales, confusing brand images and expensive incentive programs. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Super Duty Vehicles for Carpet Fires

In affected Ford Super Duty and SuperCrew trucks, a front seat belt pretensioner that deploys during a crash can generate excessive sparks. In some cases, this could ignite the carpet or carpet insulation in the area of the B-pillar, which may spread and increase the risk of injury. Continue reading

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Automakers Slow to Make Vehicles Safer?

However, it still takes decades for improvements to influence the entire fleet of registered vehicles. Drivers don’t abandon older vehicles when automakers make safer ones. Continue reading

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2020 Ford Explorer – OK, Not Good in Crash Ratings

A good rating in the driver-side small overlap crash test is a requirement for both the 2019 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards, so neither the Explorer nor Aviator is eligible. Continue reading

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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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