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Vehicles With Soy-Based Wiring May Attract Hungry Rodents

As the weather turns cooler, some car owners are finding that their Honda and Toyota vehicles have become a bed and breakfast for mice and other rodents, thanks to the use of soy-based wiring. Rodent damage in the electrical systems of Honda and Toyota vehicles containing soy-based wiring – wires with an environmentally friendly soy-based outer coating, that is – is not a new problem, but it is a persistent one. Some owners of vehicles with the specially coated wiring say it attracts rodents to nest in their vehicles and feed on the soy wiring. Lisa Barrett told Raleigh-Durham’s WRAL ... Read More

Self-driving Shuttle Grazed by Tractor-Trailer in Las Vegas

A self-driving shuttle was involved in a minor traffic collision with a tractor-trailer less than an hour after its launch on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. None of the passengers aboard the 12-seater driverless Navya Arma shuttle were injured in the incident, which was caused by a tractor-trailer that backed into and lightly grazed the shuttle. Note: Fox News and others incorrectly report the shuttle manufacturer as Navaya. Critics of self-driving cars noted that the self-driving shuttle failed to avoid the collision, citing one passenger who told KSNV News3LV Las Vegas that the shuttle “just stayed there” as the tractor-trailer ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Officials investigate loose steering wheels on Ford Fusions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after receiving reports that Ford Fusion steering wheels have come loose or fallen off the midsized sedan. In one case, a Georgia resident said that the steering wheel of their 2015 Fusion fell into their lap in September while turning into a gas station. (Individuals who file complaints with the NHTSA’s public database are not identified.) NHTSA opened the probe after receiving three complaints about the steering wheels on Ford Fusion vehicles. Two other people said that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while ... Read More

Toyota Hopes To Speed Takata Airbag Repairs With New Ad Campaign

In an ongoing push to raise awareness about the Takata airbag inflator recall, Toyota is launching a new ad campaign in Los Angeles and two other markets it considers a priority. The campaign, dubbed “In about an hour,” urges drivers to take an hour out of their day to get their Takata airbag repaired. Takata’s immense airbag recall – the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – affects more than 40 million vehicles made by 19 manufacturers. These vehicles are scattered throughout the country, but Toyota is focusing its marketing in Los Angeles first because the area’s hot, humid climate poses ... Read More

60,000 Mazda6 vehicles recalled for wiring issue

Mazda is facing its second major recall this year. This time the recall centers on certain 2015-2016 Mazda6 vehicles for a wiring malfunction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states in a recall notice, “Debris from the welding process during manufacturing of the front passenger seat frame may damage the occupant classification system (OCS) wiring.” The damaged wiring could cause a loss of power steering assist and deactivate the passenger airbag. The issue is estimated to affect almost 58,000 vehicles on the roadways. Mazda will notify owners potentially affected by the defect and authorized dealers will attach a “protective ... Read More

Want to be a Self-Driving Car Engineer? A Lyft Scholarship Could Help

The App-based ride service Lyft is doing its part to make sure self-driving cars will soon become a reality. The San Francisco-based company announced it is partnering with the education platform Udacity to offer scholarships to teens interested in becoming self-driving vehicle engineers. Udacity, an online education portal, kicked off its first 36-week “nanodegree” course for self-driving car engineering last year. It also offers an introductory course to self-driving engineering designed to provide students who possess minimal programming experience the foundation they need to enter the larger career-oriented program. Lyft is partnering with Udacity to offer students scholarships to the four-month introductory program. Not ... Read More

Self-Driving Car Ready For Mass Production, GM and Cruise Announce

A unit of General Motors developing self-driving auto technology announced that it is ready to begin production of fully automated, driverless cars on a mass scale once the software is fully developed and the regulatory environment is ready. “Today, we’re announcing the first production design of a self-driving car that can be built at massive scale,” Kyle Vogt, CEO and founder of Cruise Automation, a self-driving car developer that GM acquired as a startup last year, told Tech Crunch. “And more importantly, these vehicles can operate without a driver.” All the mechanical components of the self-driving cars are in place. ... Read More

Rule Clearing Way For Self-Driving Cars Passed By House

The U.S. House passed a bold proposal Wednesday that would help get self-driving cars without human control on the roads faster and preemptively bar states from taking any actions to ban the automated cars. The proposed bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would allow automakers exemptions to deploy as many as 25,000 autonomous vehicles on the road without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year and as many as 100,000 annually over the next three years, Reuters reported. Waymo and other automakers developing self-driving technologies have been pushing federal legislators for measures that would ... Read More

Are CO1 Leaks In Ford Explorer Injuring Police Officers?

An investigation of potential carbon monoxide leaks in police-modified Ford Explorers is being expanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with reports of the alleged problem soaring in the past couple of years. The alleged carbon monoxide leaks could explain why dozens of officers in the Austin, Texas, police force are becoming sick, including some who are said to be suffering from long-term neurological damage, NBC News reported. According to NBC, the Austin Police Department has docked more than 60 of its Police Interceptor Vehicles from the street. Ford Explorer SUVs are popular among many of the nation’s law ... Read More