Takata to declare 33.8 million air bags defective

Takata to declare 33.8 million air bags defective

New and Used Car Reviews, Comparisons and News | Driving

Air bag maker Takata has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency’s history.

Many of Takata’s air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Ten automakers, including Honda and Toyota have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those…

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Self-driving cars could transform driving, produce billions of dollars in benefits

Self-driving cars could transform driving, produce billions of dollars in benefits

New and Used Car Reviews, Comparisons and News | Driving

In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don’t do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.

They do such a good job, in fact, that a new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving by eliminating the majority of traffic deaths, significantly reducing congestion and providing tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits.

But significant hurdles to widespread use of self-driving cars remain, the most important of which is likely to be cost. Added sensors, software, engineering and power and computing requirements currently tally over $100,000 per vehicle, clearly unaffordable for most people, the study said. But large-scale production “promises greater affordability over time,” it concluded.

Questions also remain about public acceptance, liability in event of an accident, and the ability of automakers to prevent…

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You’ve probably installed your child seat wrong. Here’s help

You’ve probably installed your child seat wrong. Here’s help

New and Used Car Reviews, Comparisons and News | Driving

When it comes to child cars seats, the seat has to be properly installed in the vehicle, and the child has to be properly installed in the seat. It sounds simple, yet 80 to 90 per cent of parents are getting it wrong. The consequences can be devastating.

In the quest to acquire the multitude of things you need when you have a baby, it can be overwhelming – and expensive – when you start to investigate child car seats. Rear facing, front facing, boosters, weights, heights, tethers, anchors, positioning in the car … it’s a lot of details. And they’re details you need to get right.

Recent changes in law from Transport Canada make things easier for you, by introducing stringent rules surrounding the buying, selling and use of child safety seats. They also remove any thought you might have of casually borrowing one or hitting Kijiji or Craigslist…

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Motorcyclist killed in Red Deer; man facing impaired driving charges

Motorcyclist killed in Red Deer; man facing impaired driving charges

Global News

EDMONTON — A 44-year-old man from the Red Deer-area was killed and a 30-year-old driver was arrested for impaired driving causing death in the central Alberta city Wednesday night.

The collision between a Ford 150 and the motorcycle happened at 19 Street and 30 Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Witnesses performed CPR and tried to revive the motorcycle driver before paramedics arrived, but the man died on the scene.

“We haven’t determined what charges will be laid,” said Sgt. Al Nickolson, Red Deer RCMP. “The accused’s name will be released once he is sworn before the courts.”

The victim, who is from the hamlet of Springbrook near Red Deer, is not being identified out of respect for his family’s privacy.

The intersection was blocked off for several hours as reconstruction experts investigated the circumstances behind the collision.

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Man in his 50s killed in Red Deer motorcycle crash

Man in his 50s killed in Red Deer motorcycle crash

Global News

EDMONTON — A 55-year-old Red Deer man was killed Saturday night after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a lamp post in the central Alberta city.

RCMP responded to the fatal crash on Taylor Drive near the intersection with Kerry Wood Drive around 7 p.m.

Witnesses told police the driver of the motorcycle was speeding when he lost control and flipped the motorcycle, before striking a lamp post. The man died on scene.

An RCMP collision analyst was called to investigate. Police don’t think alcohol was involved, but believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.

The man’s name is not being released.

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