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NHTSA Says No Benefit in Larger Takata Airbag Recall
Cars, Not Planes, Worry Safety Council Chief
Volkswagen Defends Information Distribution on Diesel Scandal
Dealers Should Ask for More Service Contract Reviews, Provider Says
This Could Signal Apple's Car Ambitions Are Moving Forward
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NHTSA Says No Benefit in Larger Takata Airbag Recall

The top U.S. auto safety regulator said an expanded recall of Takata airbag inflators proposed by a key senator would not enhance public safety and complicate the process of replacing the equipment, the lawmaker revealed on Wednesday. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the top Democrat on the Commerce Committee that is investigating the recalls, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should move faster in addressing the "recall fiasco." Nelson on Feb. 23 urged NHTSA to recall all the suspect inflators. His demand came a day after Reuters reported that the agency was examining whether an additional 70 million to 90 million Takata inflators should be recalled because they might endanger drivers. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, in a letter on Friday responding to Nelson, said such a massive new recall would "needlessly impose new hardships" on the supply of replacement parts for the 29 million Takata inflators already recalled.
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Cars, Not Planes, Worry Safety Council Chief

MyCarDoesWhat is a national campaign to familiarize Americans about the benefits and limitations of modern vehicle technology.

It’s not a planned flight to Florida that particularly worries Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council. The impending cab ride to the airport is of greater concern to her. Transportation statistics make her feel that way. She notes the U.S. hasn’t had a commercial plane crash in years. But American traffic accidents claimed about 38,000 lives in 2015. That’s an 8% increase over 2014, attributed in part to an improved economy, because higher employment means more people driving to work. “Car crashes remain a public health hazard, even though the causes have been understood for decades,” Hersman tells an Automotive Press Assn. gathering here. “Ninety-five percent of car crashes involve driver error,” says University of Iowa professor Daniel McGehee. The two appear together as co-presenters to tout a new National Safety Council driver-education initiative called MyCarDoesWhat. It is intended to better familiarize people with the safety technological features on modern vehicles. The idea is that adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning systems and the like make car occupants safer, but it helps the cause if motorists know about those technologies and how they work.
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Volkswagen Defends Information Distribution on Diesel Scandal

Volkswagen AG sought to defuse allegations that it was too slow to inform the public about the investigations into rigged diesel engines, saying it initially believed the scandal could be contained and that proposed measures wouldn’t affect its stock performance. The German carmaker first disclosed the probe by U.S. authorities on Sept. 18. At that point, Volkswagen had only identified about 500,000 cars that were affected, and believed the issue could be “contained by measures that were common in such cases,” and thus appeared to be neutral in regard to the company stock price, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based company said in a statement Wednesday.
Source: Bloomberg

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Dealers Should Ask for More Service Contract Reviews, Provider Says

Few consumers write reviews about their experiences with an extended warranty claim, an informal survey of dealership customers has found. To rectify that, dealerships should ask customers to write reviews after they have claims paid, an F&I product provider suggests. The survey, proposed by Automotive News and fielded by DealerRater Feb. 8-16, asked DealerRater users whether they had written an online review about specific car buying experiences, namely: working with a specific employee, a new-vehicle purchase, a used-vehicle purchase, a service department visit, the financing process, trade-in value, vehicle price or payment, and an extended warranty claim. Just 3.9 percent of 12,417 responses showed that the consumer had written an online review of an extended warranty claim.
Source: Automotive News

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This Could Signal Apple's Car Ambitions Are Moving Forward

Apple's car ambitions look to be moving forward. The tech titan apparently is “significantly ramping” its electric-car project, which could one day compete with the likes of Tesla Motors, Alphabet-owned Google, China’s Baidu and even General Motors. Apple has leased a 96,000-square-foot facility in Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale, according to multiple reports, with some speculating that the company is using the space for its “Project Titan” car project.
Source: Investor's Business Daily

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