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Can Digital Auto Recall Notices Increase Repair Rates?

Millions of American consumers are driving vehicles with recalled auto parts. Some of these auto parts have extremely dangerous defects, such as Takata airbags. Recall notices do not always reach consumers. Estimates from the Government Accountability Office in the years between 2000 and 2008 suggest only 55 to 75 percent of vehicle owners respond to recall notices and receive repairs. An additional analysis conducted by the market research firm J.D. Power and Associates suggests that, as of two months ago, 45 million people were driving vehicles with recalled auto parts. This can lead to fatal consequences for vehicle owners. For example, people have been killed by shrapnel caused by Takata’s faulty airbag injectors. How Digital Auto Recall Notices Could Improve Our Safety Digital auto recall notices may fix some of these problems. NHTSA is proposing a rule change that would require auto manufacturers to notify consumers of recalls through email,…
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Study Finds Thousands Collect Pokémon While Driving

It has finally happened. Researchers have connected distracted driving and Pokémon Go, the popular augmented reality app where people are encouraged to collect hundreds of Pokémon. According to San Diego State University (SDSU) researchers, Pokémon Go is responsible for 10,000 reports of distracted driving every day. Researchers used data gathered from Twitter, in which Pokémon Go users detail their quest to “catch them all.” The report was published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Although the act of driving and playing an augmented reality game is terrifying to contemplate, some of the Twitter updates gathered for the study are a bit humorous. The Los Angeles Times published an article giving a few examples. One user posted the status update, “My mom just legit stopped the car in the middle of the road to catch a Pokémon.” SDSU researchers combed through 350,000 tweets, looking for specific keywords like “Pokémon Go”,…
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Why Commercial Drivers May Have to Give Up Speeding

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are considering a rule that would make speed-limiting devices on many commercial vehicles mandatory. If the rule passes, it could reduce commercial vehicle accidents caused by speeding. At the moment, the FMCSA and NHTSA are considering speed limits of 60, 65 or 69 miles per hour for vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. This would include buses, dump trucks, tractor trailers and other large vehicles. An NHTSA administrator claims that even small decreases in speed can save lives. According to estimates from the government, mandatory speed-limiting devices could prevent 27 to 498 fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles every year. The idea behind this rule is not new, and was first proposed in 2006 by the American Trucking Association. If the rule is adopted, it would go into effect in 2018. The trucking industry and public…
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