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    Report: Center for Auto Safety expands call for unintended acceleration probe to Mazda Tribute
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    Last week, the Center for Auto Safety called on Ford to recall about 470,000 Escape utility vehicles to fix an "unintended acceleration" problem they say was caused by a previous recall repair program. Now the CAS wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include 85,000 ...

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    Vancouver using 3D optical illusion to scare motorists into safer driving?
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    Safety organizations and the District of West Vancouver, Canada are joining forces to build awareness about careful driving during the start of the school year. Thanks the work of the BCAA Traffic Safety Association, drivers motoring down 22nd Street in West Vancouver will be met with a 3D image of ...

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    Ford: Aftermarket replacement parts can be inferior, possible safety hazards
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    Today's autos are chock-full of safety equipment that vastly improves your chances of survival in the event of a crash. And if an automaker wants to achieve the best crash test scores, it has to ensure that parts like bumper beams, air bag sensors and radiator supports perform properly during a ...

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    Report: Congress mulling in-car alcohol detectors [w/poll]
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    The New York Times reports that the U.S. Congress is considering a six-fold increase in the annual funding of in-car devices to detect drunk drivers. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program's budget would increase from $2 million per year to $12 million for the next five years, ...

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    Report: U.S. safety bill could triple cost of automotive black boxes to $5,000
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    When word first came down that Congress was looking to mandate that all new vehicles to be sold with Event Data Recorders, we knew that the added tech was going to be pricey. According to Automotive News, if legislators have their way, the new automotive black boxes will need to be both fire ...

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    Report: NHTSA chief looking to augment safety arm's powers
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    Thanks to the barrage of Toyota recalls in recent months, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has its eyes on more power. According to The Detroit News, David Strickland (pictured), who heads up the government safety agency, recently met with the Senate Commerce Committee to ...

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    NHTSA announces 2009 fatalities lowest since 1954, continue downward trend
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    Safety doesn't sell cars. At least that's what Detroit executives walked around saying back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The whole of them were convinced that if you even mentioned the word "safety" in a marketing campaign it would imply that cars were unsafe. In fact, it took a crusader like ...

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    Study: Want to improve your odds of surviving a crash? Have another sammich
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    There aren't a lot of positives about being overweight, but a study by the University of Michigan shows that there could be one reason for the chunky among us to celebrate. U of M studied 300,000 traffic fatalities obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 1998 and ...

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    REPORT: NHTSA to mandate lane departure warning and auto-brake systems?
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    Is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about to add some more safety measures to your next new car? According to The Detroit News, they might be. The Motown daily says that government officials are pondering whether or not they should require new vehicles to be fitted with ...

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    Consumer Reports debuts crash-in theater
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    Oh how we all love a good car crash, but finding good, slow-motion automotive carnage on the Web hasn't been all that easy to find. Until now. Consumer Reports has put hours of crash-test video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety online, free for anyone to see.We've already lost hours ...

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    Forbes names least safe cars of 2007
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    In an obvious effort to keep its readership alive (and in turn circulation numbers up) Forbes magazine has made a list of the least safe cars of 2007. Before the flame wars start, note that cars on the list are not necessarily unsafe, but instead are not as safe as other cars available. Therefore, ...

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    VIDEO: Animation of Audi's trick Side Assist
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    The new Q7 SUV from Audi will feature a nifty safety device called Side Assist that uses radar to sense approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes and warm the driver of their impending passing. If the Q7’s turn signal is activated when another vehicle is in range, LEDs embedded in the rearview ...

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