A garbage truck fueled by carbon fiber tanks full of compressed natural gas exploded in Indianapolis, IN, after a fire started in the back of the vehicle. The cylinders were reportedly thrown up to a quarter-mile away, damaging five nearby businesses. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are adding crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support to the list of recommended safety features under the New Car Assessment Program. They are not mandated technologies, simply encouraged for new vehicle buyers.
Polaris issues a recall and stop-sale order for its Slingshot over two issues. Certain models might have been fitted with defective ball bearings in the steering column, failure of which could cause loss of steering. It's also possible that installed roll-hoops don't meet company performance specs. Both problems will be fixed free-of-charge.
The latest in a string of impressive new technologies from Jaguar Land Rover alerts the driver to potential hazards from pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders through a series of lights, chimes and vibrations.
Just hours after winning the game to guarantee a spot in the Super Bowl, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork rescued a woman from an overturned Jeep along the side of the highway. He reportedly lifted her out with one arm.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a Preliminary Evaluation into the 2015 Jeep Cherokee because one caught fire while parked in California. The owner had reportedly only purchased the SUV about two days before the blaze, and the vehicle had less than 100 miles on it. Much of the incident was captured on camera.
Having been cut loose from OnStar, Verizon just announced its Verizon Vehicle service, which provides some OnStar-like features for the 200 million cars on US roads that don't have any sort of built-in connectivity.
Jeep is still working to install trailer hitches on recalled 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty to make them safer in rear collisions. The company says it is working to notify owners in new ways to get them to bring their vehicles in, but fix rates are reportedly low and deaths are still being reported in unrepaired recalled vehicles.
A controversial new rule in Russia aims to ban some groups from driving based on their sexuality. It lists transgender people, exhibitionists, voyeurs, fetishists and many others as not allowed to have a driver's license. Human rights groups in the country and beyond are up in arms over the act.
Recently elected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio inaugurated his "Vision Zero" plan last year to reduce traffic deaths in The Big Apple to zero by 2024. The numbers for 2014 show the initiative is headed in the right direction: pedestrian deaths dropped to an all-time low of 132, down from 179 in 2013.
The four occupants of a minivan in Michigan were in for a terrifying ride early in the morning on January 7. Their minivan got lodged under the back of a semi's trailer, and the vehicle was drug 16 miles along Interstate 75. During that time, the driver was on the phone with 911 but couldn't exactly say where the stricken van was because of the snowy conditions.