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Remember That Fatal Tesla Crash? Politicians Might Be Partly To Blame.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home

Just who is to blame for a highly publicized fatal car crash involving a self-driving Tesla Model S and a tractor-trailer in May 2016? The driver, cer...

Tesla's Triple Gift From NHTSA: No Blame In Crash, No Recall, Great Safety Results

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.19.2017 | Home

Elon Musk must be feeling pretty pleased right about now. A long-awaited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration review of a fatal accident tha...

Open Letter To Attorney General Lynch: Prosecution Or Guilty Pleas For Corporate Crime

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Ralph Nader

To bring justice to the victims of the Takata and VW criminal actions, I ask that you not just fine the companies and agree to deferred prosecution agreements, or a guilty plea against some subsidiary of the company -- but bring the full weight of the criminal law -- against both the parent company and responsible executives.

Tesla Autopilot Appears To Predict Crash Moments Before It Happens

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home

A Tesla car appears to have successfully used its Autopilot feature to predict a car crash moments before it happened, according to dashcam footage re...

How To Keep Your Kids Safe During Holiday Travel Season

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough without adding kids to the mix, and a new survey suggests that when children are involved, the trips...

The Guardian Angel For America's Motorist

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.11.2016 | Home
Ralph Nader

The generating force behind the recalls of millions of defective motor vehicles, Clarence Ditlow pressured the federal auto safety agency and the auto companies with meticulous advocacy that was technically deep and morally powerful.

FTC May Make it Easier for Used Car Dealers to Sell Recalled Cars

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Joanne Doroshow

With the nation so focused on polls these days, I thought this one might be of interest if you drive a car, drive in a car, are ever on the road with ...

Your Safety and Your Congress in 1965 and Now

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.07.2016 | Home
Ralph Nader

Movements to protect Americans from industry malfeasance would prove difficult today. Congress is a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business. Reporters are not the same for lots of reasons, beyond their control in the new media business. Even after corporate crime and abuse is reported by leading newspapers, efforts in Congress to correct and reform sputters.

3 Quick Car Safety Tips For Drivers

Nadine Cheung | Posted 07.30.2015 | Home

Whether you own or lease, cars come with quite a bit of responsibility. Here, life coach Laura Baron offers three quick tips on basic car maintenance ...

Auto Safety: Past Is Prologue

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Ralph Nader

There are few national problems that are less serious today than they were 50 years ago. The fact that our roads are safer is a testament to the power of public sentiment, citizen advocacy and a government that acts to promote the welfare of its people, not the interests of big business. In this sense, the "car safety war" is certainly a war worth studying, reflecting on, and celebrating.

O'Really? vs. Corn: Didn't Franken Cover This in His Senate-Boosting 'Lying Liars' No. 1 Book?

Mark Green | Posted 03.02.2015 | Home
Mark Green


Corn & Christie debate the need for auto safety regulation on 50th of Unsafe at Any Speed (consensus yes) & for Net Neutrality (split decision). Also, do Bill-O's "war stories" matter since he's a) an influential public figure or b) a smug, blustery braggart as his business model?

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 30

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | Home

GM has been criticized for waiting 11 years to begin recalling millions of cars with ignition-switch problems that have been linked to fatalities.

Rule Mandating Rear View Camera in Vehicles Will Save Lives

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.06.2014 | Home
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Consumers won a landmark victory last week: Starting in 2018 all new vehicles will be required to enable drivers to see what is directly behind them when they back up. This major consumer win was hard fought, and for good reason. It will save two lives each week.

REPORT: Toyota Set To Pay $1 Billion In U.S. Probe

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home

The Justice Department is expected to announce a settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. as early as Wednesday that could cost the auto maker more than $1 ...

Safer Cars Start with Safer Drivers

Julie Lee | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Julie Lee

If you're into cars, this is your season. Specifically, it is "auto show" season. Since its January kick off in Detroit, hundreds of new vehicle conce...

GOP Lawmakers Push Ban On Red Light Cameras

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.11.2013 | Home

A trio of Republican legislators in Ohio have introduced legislation banning the use of cameras to catch speeding and red-light runners in the state. ...

Car Safety 2013: 32,000 Dead -- Where's the Outrage?

Steve Parker | Posted 02.18.2013 | Home
Steve Parker

Some 32,367 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011. That's nearly 100 a day dying on our nation's highways, yet any apparent outrage remains muted at best.

The Invisible Tsunami

Negah Mouzoon | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
Negah Mouzoon

We've all heard allusions to a "tsunami" of regulations battering U.S. businesses. The reality is there is no "tsunami" and federal agencies are late on completing nearly 80 percent of the rules by congressionally mandated deadlines.

Sharon Silke Carty

Automakers Ignoring Car Seat Standards: Report | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home

Attention, parents of young children: You may be installing your child's car seat incorrectly. But that's not your fault. Carmakers are, in la...

Deadly Crash Was No Mere Accident

Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Sharon Silke Carty

There will be plenty of tears for Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal columnist of wide-renown and a friend. He was beloved by many. I worry that even though a huge community of people will grieve Zaslow, most will accept his death as a tragic accident, something completely unpreventable that could happen to any of us.

Sharon Silke Carty

Scientists Debate If Another Culprit Triggered Toyota's Sudden Acceleration Problem: Tin Whiskers | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home

Even as Toyota has reckoned with a wrenching crisis of confidence, acknowledging reports that some of its best-selling vehicles have been prone to acc...

Car Crazy China: Where Ego and Anxiety Collide

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.20.2011 | Home
Tom Doctoroff

Parking spaces are far and few in between. Highways are choked with bumper-to-bumper traffic. Even car washes are rare. Still, people buy. The question is, "Why?"

Does the U.S. Trade Rep. Secretly Love Higher Tariffs?

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lori Wallach

For a guy who loves "free trade" and is supposed to represent U.S. workers and businesses, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk seems way too comfy with tariffs being slapped on American exports.

After the Hummer: 10 More Vehicles We Can Do Without

Catherine Lutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Catherine Lutz

With the reviled Hummer gone, what stands to replace it as the vehicle that earns its owners the booby prize as the car Americans love to hate?

Regulation and the Betweeners

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bob Franken

It's amazing how crazed people get anytime somebody says "Do you want bureaucrats to get between you and your (name it)?". It's the red meat that sends red-blooded Americans into a frenzied red state of mind.