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Self-Driving Cars Can Prevent Traffic Accidents, But Where Are the Regulations?

Self-driving cars can do many things to help improve our lives, such as reduce pollution, cut down parking time, shorten commutes and prevent traffic accidents. The public is somewhat split on the idea of giving up the steering wheel to a machine, but most experts seem to think that, when the technology is ready, our lives will get better. There is more that has to happen other than technical innovation before these cars go mainstream, however. Our current laws around traffic and accidents give detailed rules on what isn’t acceptable and who is responsible in the event that something goes wrong. Many don’t think of the traffic and road laws as a source of innovation, but if we are going to let our cars drive us to work each day, lawmakers are going to have to get pretty creative. How are Regulators Handling Self-Driving Cars? Mark Rosekind, the top highway…
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Did This Auto Defect Kill Another Driver?

An auto defect has been linked to the death of a teen driver, allegedly making it the ninth now attributed to the Takata airbag defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that they are expanding the recall efforts and moving as quickly as possible to fix the problem. A spokesman for NHTSA said the young driver was driving a 2001 Honda Accord when he was involved in a car accident in which the airbag apparently ruptured and exploded. Unfortunately, the owner of the car, a relative of the teen, had not been in compliance with a number of recall orders. Honda had allegedly mailed another recall order describing the danger of the Takata airbag just one day prior to the fatal accident. How Are Manufacturers Dealing with the Auto Defect? The accident proves just how difficult it can be for automakers to get through to the 19 million…
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Have Deaths Been Linked to Keyless Car Ignitions?

According to Reuters, consumers claiming that companies concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning relating to keyless ignition technology have sued ten automakers. The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court last month against BMW, Mercedes Benz; Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. So far, 28 plaintiffs claim that the keyless technology allows drivers to start a vehicle with an on-off button—this can lead to people forgetting that the car is on, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning. The plaintiffs say that they can trace the keyless ignition issue back to at least 13 deaths. They said the keyless ignition could injure or kill people who “inhale the colorless and odorless gas, including when vehicles are left in garages attached to homes.” The lawsuit claims that the automakers have known about issues surrounding keyless technology since it was introduced in the United States in 2003,…
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