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Fatal Car Crash Involving a Self-Driving Uber Shows There are Major Flaws in the Software, Hardware, and Testing Procedures Involving Autonomous Vehicles

The first fatality involving a “self-driving” vehicle and a pedestrian occurred in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018. The self-driving Uber vehicle was traveling northbound on Mill Avenue near the intersection with East Curry Road/Washington Street in Tempe, Arizona. The … Read More

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Takata Airbag Death Toll Reaches 22

Just this past week hundreds of thousands of vehicles were added to the massive Takata airbag recall list. Tragically, another name was also added to the list of victims from these exploding airbags. Following a crash in Malayasia, it was … Read More

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American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act

The Senate Commerce Committee is working on crafting a draft proposed bill on Automated Vehicles in the Senate. The AV START Act represents a positive step forward toward the eventual integration of automated driving systems into the vehicle fleet. However, … Read More

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Government’s New Highly Automated Vehicle Guidelines Fail to Protect the American Public

The recent guidelines published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA abdicate its mandate which would have resulted in thoughtful, thorough, national regulations that ensure, transparency, safety, and accountability, instead they are simply deffering to the industry to regulate … Read More

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How Automatic Braking can Prevent Back Up Injuries

From automatic emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC), to lane keep assist, every U.S. automobile manufacturer is either currently making use of Crash Avoidance Technology (“CAT”) or they are required to do so within the next several years.[1]  … Read More

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New Cars Being Sold with Unsafe Takata Airbags

Toyota Motor Corp., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, VolkswagenAG and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are still selling new vehicles in the U.S. with defective airbags that will eventually have to be recalled, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee said in … Read More

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Allegations of Kidney Failure and Diabetic Ketoacidosis being Linked to Diabetes Medication Invokana

A number of lawsuits have been filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharmaceuticals, nationwide and in Pennsylvania involving allegations the Diabetes drug Invokana causes kidney failure and a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. The suits claim the diabetes drug Invokana … Read More

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Recent Developments in Crash Avoidance Technology

Crash Avoidance Technology (CAT) is becoming commonplace. Uber, Google, and Tesla, not particularly known for their auto manufacturing, are making strides in autonomous vehicle technology, and both IIHS and NHTSA are working CAT features into their testing and evaluations. The … Read More

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Wire Grill Cleaning Brushes Can Pose Food Safety Hazard

Wire grill cleaning brushes have commonly been used to clean barbeque grills.  However, recently, more and more instances are arising where wire bristles from grill cleaning brushes have fallen off the brush, unsuspectingly finding their way into peoples’ foods and … Read More

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Bankrupt Gas Can Manufacturer An Example of Irresponsible Behavior, Not the Poster Child for Frivolous Lawsuits

Blitz, USA, a gas can manufacturer, recently filed for bankruptcy protection and announced it is closing its doors, citing frivolous lawsuits as the reason.  The company faced product liability lawsuits filed by attorneys representing plaintiffs permanently injured or who have … Read More