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  • New Rule Could Require Cars to Communicate

    12/19/2016 5:33:58 AM PST · by fruser1 · 34 replies
    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could help prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other. In February 2014, Secretary Foxx announced the DOT would accelerate its work to enable V2V, directing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin work on the rulemaking. NHTSA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in August 2014. The advancement of the V2V rulemaking complements the DOT’s work on automated vehicles. The proposed rule would require automakers...
  • US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers

    08/26/2016 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2016 4:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it.The proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy vehicles to add the...
  • 1,690-Page ‘Climate Change’ Reg Increases Cost of Tractor-Trailer Up to $15,119

    08/22/2016 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 22, 2016 | 12:52 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly issued a new regulation last week that is meant to help protect the world from “climate change” by limiting “greenhouse gas emissions” and improving fuel efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operated in the United States. The 1,690-page regulation is approximately 700,000 words long. A “regulatory impact analysis” published by EPA and NHTSA estimates the regulation will add an average of as much as $13,749 to the cost of a tractor truck and $1,370 to a trailer, making some tractor-trailer combinations $15,119 more expensive in 2027 than they...
  • FBI Warns Automakers, Owners About Vehicle Hacking Risks

    03/18/2016 9:02:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    treuters via nbc ^ | 03/18/2016
    "The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers — of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices — to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles," the agencies said in the bulletin. In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to install software after a magazine report raised concerns about hacking, the first action of its kind for the auto industry. ... "While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety — such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle —...
  • AP Sources: Autonomous braking to be in most cars by 2022

    03/16/2016 10:29:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 16, 2016 12:48 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said. The agreement will be announced Thursday by automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automakers will phase in the equipment on nearly all models except some with older electronic capabilities and some with manual transmissions, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the agreement haven’t been announced. Automatic emergency braking uses cameras, radar and other sensors to see objects in the way and slow or stop...
  • Justice Dept. Assails VW as Barra is Elevated to GM Chair

    01/05/2016 2:38:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 5, 2016 | Mark Modica
    The Obama Administration's Justice Department is now suing Volkswagen for "up to $90 billion for allegedly violating environmental law." Politically-favored General Motors was fined $900 million, or 1% of that amount, for covering up an ignition switch defect that led to the deaths of at least 124 people. At last count, the number of people who lost their lives as a result of emissions' tampering by VW stood at zero. Meanwhile, the GM board unanimoulsy elected CEO Mary Barra as its Chairman, demonstrating that it is still not independent of the White House political operation, even years after the...
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

    07/24/2015 12:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. The vulnerability exposed by the hack rippled through the auto industry...
  • Will Criminal Charges Bring Justice for GM Victims?

    05/27/2015 9:34:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 27, 2015 | Mark Modica
    The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has concluded that there was criminal wrongdoing by General Motors as the company covered-up a deadly ignition switch defect for years. That defect has now been blamed for causing the deaths of at least 104 motorists. While many observers may have been able to come to the conclusion that GM was guilty long before the Justice Department’s recent epiphany, the bigger question now is, what’s next? GM still faces litigation risks as ongoing lawsuits seek justice for the victims’ families that suffered as a result of GM’s criminal actions. Full...
  • Feds: No link between pot and car crashes

    02/09/2015 3:35:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Marijuana use has not been found to increase the risk of car crashes, according to a new federal report. Studying car accidents in Virginia Beach, Va., during a 20-month period ending in 2012, researchers randomly sampled 3,000 accident-involved drivers and found no evidence suggesting those with marijuana in their system were more prone to accidents, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released Friday. When researchers controlled for factors such as age and gender, they found no evidence marijuana use increases accident risks. This was despite the fact that, in the study, drivers who tested positive for marijuana...
  • Fewer Americans Drinking And Driving; More Using Drugs [Alcohol, Marijuana, Pot]

    02/11/2015 1:56:21 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 25 replies
    RTT News ^ | 2015 February 09 | RTT Staff Writer
    The number of people driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. roads continues to decline, but the number of drivers using marijuana and prescription drugs that can affect road safety is climbing, according to two studies released by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One study found that the number of inebriated drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but that same survey found a large increase in the number of drivers using marijuana or other illegal drugs. In the 2014 survey, nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that...
  • Congress Asked to Investigate Whether Obama Administration Delayed GM Ignition Switch Recall

    12/08/2014 10:12:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 8, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Today, we requested that the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform undertake an "independent" investigation of the General Motors ignition switch recall delay, in light of newly obtained emails by lawyers suing GM. Those emails suggest that the Treasury may have timed its final sale of GM shares to precede public knowledge of the ignition switch fiasco. They also cast doubt on GM CEO Mary Barra's previous account of what she knew and when she knew it. Here is the text of a letter I sent today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, in photo, the incoming Chairman of the...
  • Subaru Recall Weakens GM Defense that Brake Line Rust is Maintenance Issue

    07/08/2014 9:29:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 8, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Subaru last week announced a second recall for vehicles which are prone to brake line corrosion in "salt belt" states. This latest recall follows a 2013 recall for the same issue, which can cause brake failure from burst brake lines due to rust. As Subaru does the right thing by consumers and motorists regarding the safety concern, General Motors continues to claim that brake line rust is a normal maintenance issue and refuses to recall its vehicles with the same problem. The Subaru recall weakens GM's defense that rusting brake lines do not need to be addressed by manufacturers...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-22 : Bureaucrats Should Keep Their Hands Off Our Smartphones

    06/22/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 13 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-06-22 | Newt Gingrich
    . June 22, 2014 Newt Gingrich Bureaucrats Should Keep Their Hands Off Our Smartphones Does a week go by without news of federal bureaucrats outrageously extending their tentacles of authority over more of society? Earlier this month it was the EPA, announcing its plan to introduce on its own the carbon dioxide limits that Congress specifically rejected. Then it was the FDA, insinuating itself into the centuries-old process of aging cheese. Last week it was the IRS trying to shed at last the inconvenience of congressional oversight. Now the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is claiming sweeping authority over our...
  • GM CEO Mary Barra Ignores Brake Corrosion Safety Issue

    06/11/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Well, it looks like New GM is not much different than Old GM when it comes to addressing serious safety issues on its vehicles. The Associated Press reports that General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, claims that GM has not turned up any other major safety issues. I guess Ms. Barra feels that two tons of steel traveling at high speeds with brake lines that can burst at any moment is nothing to be concerned about. The continued denial by GM that there is no safety issue with their trucks that are prone to brake line corrosion proves that the...
  • GM faulty ignition crashes now 47

    05/24/2014 11:14:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 24, 2014 | CNNMoney Staff
    GM (GM, Fortune 500) has raised the number of frontal-impact crashes linked to the problem ignitions to 47 from 32, according to company spokesman Greg Martin. Because of the flawed ignition, key rings holding more than one key could cause the ignition to suddenly switch to the off position. That can lead to a loss of power -- locking the steering wheel and interrupting airbags from deploying in an accident. GM says the number of deaths tied to front impact crashes stemming from this defect remains at 13. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reportedly said the number...
  • Minding the Minders of G.M.

    04/05/2014 11:15:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    There is a truism in Washington that was confirmed last week in Congress: Even less popular than government regulation is a regulator suspected of not doing its job. Not for the first time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — or N.H.T.S.A. (pronounced NITZ-ah) — was forced to answer for failing to protect consumers. In this case, the failure involved a defective General Motors ignition switch implicated in 13 deaths. While G.M.’s new chief executive, Mary T. Barra, took most of the heat in two days of House and Senate hearings last week, she shared the grill with the safety...
  • Feds to require rearview cameras in new vehicles

    04/01/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by mykroar · 99 replies ^ | 4/1/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles -- an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built beginning May 1, 2018, to meet the new rear-visibility standards. The rule includes buses and trucks; motorcycles and trailers are exempt. The rearview cameras must give drivers a field of vision measuring at least 10 by 20 feet directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet...
  • Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks

    03/12/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | Patrick George
    Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks After drawing considerable ire from the public over a program that tested drivers for drug and alcohol use — the latter secretly and without their consent — federal transportation officials today said they will no longer surreptitiously collect breath samples from drivers at roadblocks. The Associated Press reports that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official said roadblock testers will now get motorists' permission before using a passive alcohol sensor, which previously gathered breath samples before drivers could consent to the study. NHTSA has been conducting their National Roadside Survey of...
  • Former NHTSA Head Criticizes GM for Deadly Recall Delay

    03/04/2014 9:32:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Joan Claybrook, has weighed in on the deadly delay by General Motors on a recall for a defect that is alleged to have resulted in 13 deaths and 33 accidents. Ms. Claybrook appeared on the Cavuto Show on Fox Business where she blasted both GM and NHTSA for waiting 10 years to recall the defective models and went as far as saying that there should be criminal charges brought against GM by the Justice Department. Congress was questioned for its response (or lack thereof) as Cavuto started the segment by...
  • In General Motors Recalls, Inaction and Trail of Fatal Crashes

    03/03/2014 9:47:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2014 | Christopher Jensen
    For Laura Christian, July 29, 2005, was the worst kind of anniversary. One year earlier, Ms. Christian had been reunited with Amber Marie Rose, the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. But Ms. Christian did not get to call her daughter a year later. In the predawn hours that day, Amber, 16, died after her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy. Now, nearly nine years later, Ms. Christian knows that the air bag’s failure was the result of a defective car part. General Motors has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars in the United...