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    Study: Bicyclist deaths spike on US roads
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    While the roads might be getting just a little safer for motorcycle riders, their two-wheeled compatriots on bicycles appear not to be so lucky. A recent study sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that annual cycle deaths in the US were up 16 percent from 621 in 2010 to 722 ...

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    Report: Aging, obese crash test dummies in development to replicate US population
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    America's well-publicized weight problem and aging population of baby boomers is collaborating to bring about a change in the humble crash test dummy, as automakers and safety regulators are attempting to build vehicles even better suited to our changing population. "Obese people are 78 percent ...

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    Recalls: 2015 Ford Mustang already under recall, but just 53 units
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    Ford has issued a small – but significant – recall for one of its spotlight cars: the 2015 Mustang. The recall affects just 53 cars, with 50 in the United States and three in Canada. Ford said the passenger side safety belt buckle tension sensor may not have been calibrated properly ...

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    Report: Virginia concerned over safety of its guardrails
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    The highways in Virginia may look a lot different in in the coming weeks depending on the results of safety tests on guardrails there. The Commonwealth is demanding new crash evaluations on the end terminals of the ET-Plus guardrails (not necessarily pictured above) supplied by Trinity ...

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    Recalls: Toyota recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide in 3 campaigns [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Toyota is now announcing specifically which models are covered under its fuel pipe recall in the US. The company is repairing about 423,000 Lexus models that include the 2007-2010 LS, 2006-2011 GS, 2006-2011 IS, 2010 IS C and 2008-2010 IS-F. The automaker says that it isn't aware of any ...

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    Followup: 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon airbag problem causes recall
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    The recall affects 2,432 vehicles, though only 138 had actually reached consumers. General Motors quickly fixed an airbag-wiring problem with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, but is still conducting a small recall to repair the midsize trucks that are launching this fall. The ...

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    Video: Porsche Macan fails moose test, Stuttgart responds
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    Different countries have different safety standards, but most of them revolve around a similar set of tests: front impact, side impact, offset impact, rollover... the usual. But Sweden has its own test. It's called the Moose Test (or the Elk Test), and it's unique to Scandinavia: a car has to be ...

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    Motorsports: Should F1 move to closed cockpits? Alonso thinks it's worth further study [w/poll]
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    The deaths of Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt revolutionized safety in top-flight motorsports. And while we continue to mourn their passing, the truth is that the safety changes made after their deaths have saved lives. Now, Jules Bianchi's severe head injury is reigniting the safety controversy ...

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    Report: States have failed to spend nearly $540M in federal highway safety grants
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    A new report from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General has revealed yet another fiasco in highway funding. No, it's not a misuse of federal funds. Instead, it's a complete and total lack of use for government monies. In this case, the DOT's inspector general has ...

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    Official: Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]
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    The Fit's grade on the small-front overlap test improved from "marginal" to "acceptable." Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Report: Retired NASCAR driver creating fund to help racers with concussions [w/video]
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    Motorsports these days tends to be pretty safe, even if the danger of pushing a car or motorcycle to its absolute limit can never be entirely removed. Compared to the frequent deaths of the '60s and earlier, we live in good times, however, in just the last few years the topic of concussions has ...

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    Report: China to overhaul factory safety standards following GM supplier plant explosion
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    Last weekend's explosion at the factory of an automotive component supplier in China has led to a major crackdown in plant safety across the People's Republic, as the country's communist authorities attempt to avoid another catastrophe. According to Bloomberg, facilities that use aluminum, ...

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    Report: Senator pushes for up to life sentence for auto execs found to delay recalls
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    Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (shown above) has had it with automotive execs stalling when it comes to recalls. The Missiourian has proposed a new bill, the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Enhancement Act, which aims to improve the automotive safety following the high-profile fiascos ...

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    Official: NHTSA proposes new bus rollover standards
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    New rules could be coming for America's coaches and large buses, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed standards that have been influenced by those of the European Union. The new standards would demand that large buses undergo tests that would see the vehicles tipped ...

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    Report: States can't navigate red tape to secure federal highway grants
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    The push to make American roads safer has received its fair share of help from the federal government, thanks to a robust program of highway safety grants that allow state governments to bolster distracted-driving-prevention programs, install ignition interlocks on the vehicles of first-time ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports calls on Toyota to recall older Camry Hybrid models
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    Consumer Reports is calling on Toyota to issue an official recall of 178,000 Camry Hybrid sedans from model years 2007 to 2011, claiming that a pair of issues affecting the brakes are so dire they demand a more official action than what the company has undertaken so far. The first issue, as CR ...

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    Featured: Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds
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    "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is ...

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    Opinion: An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license
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    My son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's license. My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven years, we don't cry as much ...

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    Study: Teens don't do this one simple thing that could save their lives
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    Hindsight being what it is, I now realize that I was a certifiable moron as a teenager. I thought I was far smarter and slicker than I actually was, and I took part in a spectacular array of things that, when viewed through the wiser eyes of someone pushing 30, were the height of stupidity. I'm ...

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    Video: Hyundai Genesis says in the future, even car stunts will be autonomous
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    We talk a lot about new technologies in the auto industry. Things that will make you more comfortable or faster or more fuel efficient are, generally, easy for us to explain. Things that make us safer, though, are often a bit tougher to get a bead on. We can report on how it's supposed to ...

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