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U.K. Telematics Insurer Finds Motorists 32% More Likely to Crash on Friday the 13th

Analysis of almost five billion miles of driving data and associated claims in the U.K. shows that Friday is the most likely day for motorists to have a road traffic incident, and when it falls on the 13th of the …

Tesla Autopilot Design, Plus Driver Error, to Blame for 2018 Crash: Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Wednesday cited driver errors and Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot design as the probable cause of a January 2018 crash of a Model S into a parked fire truck on a highway in California. The …

Tesla’s Autopilot System Confuses Drivers About Extent of Automation: Safety Report

Automakers including Tesla Inc. are stoking confusion among motorists by choosing names for their automated-driving systems that wrongly suggest they’re more capable than is actually the case, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Almost half of respondents to …

Insurance Institute Calls for Rear Seat Safety Upgrades

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says in a new report that safer restraint systems are needed for the back seats of cars. The study finds that rear-seat safety has not kept pace with front-seat safety and it has been …

U.S. Safety Agency Nixes International Car Window Rules Proposed Under Obama

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Wednesday it was dropping a 2012 proposal to harmonize U.S. vehicle window safety standards with international rules. Under the Obama administration, the auto safety agency known as NHTSA proposed adopting international rules …

Volvo Hopes to Deploy Sensors to Detect Drunk Drivers, Making Insurance Less Pricey

Volvo Cars is planning to fit its next generation of autos with cameras and sensors that will detect drunk or distracted drivers and intervene to stop dangerous rides. From the early 2020s, Volvos will have the ability to notice if …

Honda to Re-Recall 1 Million Cars in U.S. to Replace Faulty Air Bag Parts

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than a million vehicles in the U.S. to replace a batch of faulty air bag parts that were installed as part of the largest auto safety recall in history. A driver in Maryland was …

Safety Agency Faulted for Delayed Action on Auto, Airbag Recalls

A government audit released on Wednesday faulted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s oversight of auto safety recalls and said its “delayed action” may have delayed the expansion of a record-setting callback of millions of vehicles for Takata air bag …

Kobe Steel’s Data Fabrication Scandal Grows; Customers Eye Safety Impact

The scandal engulfing Kobe Steel Ltd. deepened on Wednesday as the Japanese steelmaker said it may have falsified data about another of its products, which is typically used in automobile parts including brakes and steering components. The country’s third-largest steel …

Kobe Steel Admits Falsifying Data on Components Used by 200 Firms

Japan’s government sought on Tuesday to contain the fallout from the disclosure by the nation’s third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel Ltd, that it had fabricated data on components used in cars, aircraft and space rockets, sending shock waves through the …