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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, part of the Department of Transportation. It describes its mission as "Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes."As part of its activities, NHTSA is charged with writing and enforcing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as well as regulations for motor vehicle theft resistance and fuel economy, the latter under the rubric of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy system. NHTSA also licenses vehicle manufacturers and importers, allows or blocks the import of vehicles and safety-regulated vehicle parts, administers the vehicle identification number system, develops the anthropomorphic dummies used in safety testing, as well as the test protocols themselves, and provides vehicle insurance cost information. The agency has asserted preemptive regulatory authority over greenhouse gas emissions, but this has been disputed by such state regulatory agencies as the California Air Resources Board.Another of NHTSA's major activities is the creation and maintenance of the data files maintained by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. In particular, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System , has become a resource for traffic safety research not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Research contributions using FARS by researchers from many countries appear in many non-U.S. technical publications, and provide a significant database and knowledge bank on the subject. Even with this database, conclusive analysis of crash causes often remains difficult and controversial, with experts debating the veracity and statistical validity of results. Wikipedia.


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The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are significantly lighter than the previous generation models: Civic Si Sedan curb weight, at 2,906 pounds, is down 96 pounds from the previous model, while the Si Coupe, at 2,889 pounds, is 113 pounds lighter than before. Both models feature a more rigid body and upgraded chassis components, including a dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering system with variable ratios, sport-tuned suspension featuring a two-mode adaptive damper system, a helical limited-slip differential, larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors (+0.5 inches) and wider 235/40 R18 tires with an available summer tire option. In addition to adaptive dampers, suspension upgrades include stiffer spring rates, more rigid stabilizer bars (+30 percent front, +60 percent rear), solid front and rear compliance bushings, and ultra-rigid front upper control arms shared with the track-ready Civic Type R. Wheel track for the new Si Sedan and Coupe has increased 1.2 inches at the front and 0.3 inches at the rear, offering improved stability, a lower center of gravity and improved cornering performance. The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan offer two dynamic driving modes: Normal and Sport. The default Normal Mode offers more comfort-oriented dynamics while the Sport Mode adjusts the suspension damping characteristics plus steering and throttle response for a more taut and direct driving experience. The Civic Si features an aggressive front fascia with gloss black Honda "wing" and large lower air intakes, along with 18-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels featuring a model-exclusive machined finish, low-profile tires and a chrome center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher. At the rear, the Si Coupe continues the Civic Coupe's distinctive full-width light bar and adds a prominent raised wing spoiler, while the Si Sedan includes an exclusive rear fascia and decklid wing spoiler incorporating a LED brake light. Inside, the Civic Si features exclusive bolstered front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos, which carries through to the doors, leather wrapped steering wheel, shift boot and sporty leather and aluminum shift knob. The red color scheme carries through to the driver's TFT meter as well as audio system illumination. Finally, aluminum sport pedals and carbon-look instrument panel trim finish off the Civic Si's unique interior appearance. The new Civic Si Coupe and Sedan offer premium comfort and convenience features building on the EX-T Civic Coupe and Sedan. New for the 2017 Civic Si is a Driver Information Interface (DII) that adds a range of selectable real-time information designed to support performance driving. The 7-inch color TFT can display throttle and brake application in a graphic percentage format, turbocharger boost in pounds per square inch (psi), lap time (intended for use on closed circuits), race inspired shift lights and a graphical G-meter that provides a representation of acceleration, braking and cornering forces. Accommodating modern connectivity needs, the new Civic Si includes a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that serves as the nerve center for control of audio, HVAC and other functions. The Display Audio features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ platforms, providing seamless integration of smartphone features and functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, and access to a host of Apple- or Google-approved smartphone apps. All Si models feature a 450-watt, 10-speaker premium sound system with AM/FM, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio™ and Pandora® capability. The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are designed to provide a high level of collision safety performance in a wide variety of collision scenarios, including offset and oblique-angle frontal collisions as well as side and rear impacts. The Civic's safety performance starts with its class-leading forward visibility and precise, stable and predictable steering, handling and braking performance. Standard four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control and Agile Handling Assist further enhance dynamic stability and emergency maneuvering and braking performance. Both the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan have received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan for the U.S. market will be produced at Honda's plant in Ontario, Canada. Its engine is produced in Anna, Ohio, Honda's largest automobile engine plant in in the world, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/civic-si. To join the Civic Si community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondacivic. Additional media information including high-resolution photography of the Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan is available at hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/civic-si. Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 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News Article | May 10, 2017
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Receive press releases from The Knowledge Group: By Email New York, NY, May 10, 2017 --( For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/event-homepage/?event_id=2581 About Jenifer N. Keenan Ms. Keenan represents manufacturers and retailers before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in connection with product recalls, civil penalty actions and reporting activities. She also develops product safety compliance programs and recall plans for her clients and advises on testing, certification and training required by the CPSC and NHTSA. Ms. Keenan has advised clients on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, ASTM F963, the Flammable Fabrics Act, and FMVSSs, and is a leading expert on the CPSC’s consumer safety complaint database—www.SaferProducts.gov. She is the editor of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot, a monthly newsletter that provides an overview of CPSC recalls and civil penalties. About Alston & Bird LLP Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 18 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Event Synopsis: In 2016, there were a number of high-profile products recalled from wide-range of consumer markets (from automobiles to mobile phones). For many companies, a simple safety recall can bring a regulatory nightmare, adverse publicity, and potentially class action lawsuits. To successfully navigate the risks of a product recall, it is important that companies understand their legal rights and obligations under federal and state regulations. It is also helpful for companies to work out a strategy to ensure that a product recall is both effective and efficient. The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to provide the audience with a full overview of the anatomy of a product recall (starting with the decision itself and ending with lessons learned from litigation involving recalled products). The speakers will also offer guidance and crisis/risk management considerations in executing a product recall to avoid common pitfalls. Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are: § Overview of a Product Recall § Reporting and Investigations – Regulatory noncompliance vs. safety defect § Recall Planning and Best Practices § Recall Trends § Post-Recall Litigation Planning/Risk Mitigation § Best Practices for Mitigating Litigation Risk During a Recall § Joint Litigation/Recall Crisis Management Reflections § Recent Recalls and Impact of Recalls on Litigation § Recent recalls and related lawsuits § Recall issues in product litigation About The Knowledge Group /The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/ New York, NY, May 10, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Jenifer N. Keenan, Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Implications of the 2016 Product Recalls to the 2017 Product Liability Landscape.” This event is scheduled for June 01, 2017 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/event-homepage/?event_id=2581About Jenifer N. KeenanMs. Keenan represents manufacturers and retailers before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in connection with product recalls, civil penalty actions and reporting activities. She also develops product safety compliance programs and recall plans for her clients and advises on testing, certification and training required by the CPSC and NHTSA. Ms. Keenan has advised clients on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, ASTM F963, the Flammable Fabrics Act, and FMVSSs, and is a leading expert on the CPSC’s consumer safety complaint database—www.SaferProducts.gov. She is the editor of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot, a monthly newsletter that provides an overview of CPSC recalls and civil penalties.About Alston & Bird LLPAlston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. 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It's a concerning trend. Injuries reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) jumped 141 percent in Q1 2017. Incidents also increased 379 percent to 16,649 – higher than any single quarter and any full year since at least 1997. Falling hazards from products such as faulty baby strollers, swing sets, and patio chairs accounted for the highest percentage of recalled units (39 percent). Other leading hazards included products that caused lacerations (27.4 percent), gas leaks (10.1 percent), and choking hazards (8 percent). "The phrase 'home sweet home' may be challenged as a result of these findings," said Michael Good, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS. "While consumer product recall levels have remained relatively flat, the number of problems reported to the CPSC has skyrocketed. A higher risk of harm also carries a greater risk of brand damage and legal liability. Manufacturers need to be prepared for the inevitability of a product recall." Recall Reduction The Recall Index, which reports quarterly on recalls in food, pharmaceutical, automotive, medical device, and consumer product industries, did find a silver lining across other industries. Recall activity in Q1 2017 was down overall, declining in seven of the 10 primary metrics the Index tracks. The outliers were recalled automotive and food and beverage units, which both increased significantly. While FDA food-related recalls dropped 19 percent in Q1 to 200, the number of actual units recalled increased 507 percent to about 92 million products. It was mainly driven by nutritional supplements, which accounted for more than 80 percent of food units recalled, mostly due to one large recall. Overall automotive recalls ticked down 6 percent, to 211. But the number of recalled units spiked 144 percent, driven by a new wave of airbag-related recalls. Pharmaceutical recalls in Q1 were consistent with the previous quarter, dropping just 2 percent to 81 recalls. Only 2 percent of pharmaceutical recalls were domestic and global in reach, making it the lowest quarter since at least 2012. Medical devices, too, saw a slight decrease, dropping 9 percent to 284 recalls. Recalled units saw a more dramatic drop – declining 85 percent to about 9.3 million units – the lowest quarter since Q4 2013. But Class I medical devices, which are those deemed to be the highest risk and subject to the most regulatory controls, comprised 10 percent of recalled units, the highest percentage since Q3 2014. "At Stericycle we like to say that only three things are certain: death, taxes, and recalls. The Q1 2017 Recall Index confirms the variable nature of recalls quarter to quarter," added Good. "The key lesson is that now is the time for manufacturers to prepare, because we know from experience that this kind of lull doesn't last and could be quickly followed by a surge in the next quarter." The full Q1 2017 Recall Index is available for download: http://www.stericycleexpertsolutions.com/recall-index/. About the Stericycle Recall Index The Stericycle Recall Index is the only report that aggregates and tracks recall data to help manufacturers and other industry stakeholders navigate the regulatory environment and identify trends. Each quarter Stericycle analyzes data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). About Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS™ Stericycle Inc. is a NASDAQ-listed global business-to-business services company which provides highly specialized solutions to healthcare and commercial businesses of all sizes. Founded in 1989, Stericycle Inc. has grown to become a leader across a range of complex and highly regulated market sectors and operates in 550 locations. Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS™ is the industry leader in managing automotive, consumer product, pharmaceutical, medical device, juvenile product, and food and beverage recalls. ExpertSOLUTIONS streamlines the entire product recall process and manages Notification & Response, Processing & Tracking, and Compliance & Reporting for leading global companies. For more information, visit www.stericycleexpertsolutions.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/risky-residences-latest-recall-trends-show-surge-in-household-product-incidents-and-injuries-300454059.html


The media is occasionally guilty of sensationalizing, even when the topic is serious enough to stand on its own. A report of parked BMWs catching fire certainly seems to lean in that direction. ABC News is currently presenting an investigation into a series of parked BMWs that have caught fire. In conjunction with local ABC-owned outlets, it discovered "more than 40" situations in which various BMW models caught fire while parked, even though the vehicles in question did not have open recalls involving fire issues. When asked about the investigation, BMW said that it investigated the vehicles ABC News brought to its attention and did not find a pattern "related to quality or component failure," the company said in a statement. BMW's full statement can be found below: With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare. BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with BMW owners, insurance companies and authorities to investigate any vehicle fire incident that is brought to our attention. We have investigated and in some cases inspected the vehicle identified by ABC News. These vehicles span an age range of 1-15 years, accumulated mileage of up to 232,250 miles and multiple generations and model types. In cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect. In addition, ABC News indicated that they had some examples in other countries, but we are unable to comment on any incidents outside of the US. That might sound like traditional cover-your-ass legal boilerplate, but BMW makes a good point. The vehicles uncovered by ABC News span 15 years of vehicle production, and they include radically different models with different mileages and varying service records. It would be hard to find a component shared across that many vehicles for that many years, nevertheless one that would be capable of starting a fire if assembled or manufactured improperly. BMW, having access to every single part number it's ever put in a car, would certainly be able to find a common point of failure. It claims it did its due diligence in attempting to pull causation from correlation. It also bears mentioning that the 40-or-so fires ABC News uncovered took place over the course of five years, an average of eight per year. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, in 2015, there were 174,000 reported highway vehicle fires. That comes out to about 476 per day, or just under 20 vehicles per hour. BMW holds roughly 2 percent of the market in the US, so of those 174,000 reported fires, one could reasonably assume that BMWs would be involved in 3,480 fires in just that single year, provided all automakers were equally involved. Uncovering 40 fires over five years seems statistically insignificant. But, of course, it would be irresponsible to discount these fires, in the event that there is something worth investigating. ABC News brought its findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees recalls in the US. The NHTSA also found no evidence of a defect across this group, although it did suggest that owners report all incidents to the NHTSA in the event they become statistically significant. Perhaps that's the most important takeaway from the ABC News investigation. Even though these specific fires may just be freak events that don't have a common thread aside from the badge on the trunk, it's important to report any strange events to the NHTSA, so that the government can put its full weight behind a potential investigation. Keeping track of these events is incredibly important when it comes to keeping companies honest about defects and safety concerns.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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Does Texas deserve to be known for having the most deadly work zone accidents in the U.S.? When it came to capital spending on transportation in 2014, Texas and New York states were about $1.5 billion apart: Texas spent $5.789 billion on  and New York spent $4.031 billion, according to data compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers. That's not an exact measure of all road construction, but it's one way to keep things in perspective. Only three out of every 100 work zone fatalities involves a construction or maintenance worker. But that makes it no less puzzling that 144 Texas drivers and passengers died in work zone accidents in 2014 while New York recorded only four such fatalities. California and Florida had the next most work zone fatalities in 2014, with 64 and 60, respectively. Work zones, by their nature, combine many elements that flummux drivers moving at high speed. In a length of road where work is being conducted, light levels vary, lane lines shift and road shoulders pinch inward. Unless Jersey barriers are liberally deployed, small lapses in attention can send cars headlong into equipment and workers. Drivers involved in Texas work zone crashes were not more likely than their counterparts in New York to be unlicensed, operating unsafe cars or beset by foul weather. Over the past 15 years, a combination of work-zone risk-management initiatives has helped to reduce the number of fatalities in the U.S. to 669 people in 2014 from 1,026 in 2000, according to data posted on the website WorkZoneSafety.org. The methods include planning, signage, traffic control, speed-limit enforcement and driver education. While work zone safety has improved markedly, the number of deadly crashes has risen gradually over the past six years, according to the Fatal Accident Reporting System maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Also over the years, the statistical picture of the crashes has come into clearer focus. Younger and older drivers tend to speed more than middle-aged motorists, a recent study of Minnesota drivers has shown. And other studies have demonstrated that heavy trucks are involved in about a third of all work-zone fatalities. Do the federal statistics tell a story about more drinking or drug use among Texas drivers involved in work zone crashes? Only modestly more, according to federal data. Carinsurancecomparison.com, using federal data, rates Texas as the among worst states when it comes to drunk driving in recent years and among the worst overall for driver behavior. What about speeding? Maybe. Texas drivers also take to the road unwatched by radar-speed camera detection and enforcement systems: State law prevents such camera systems from use in Texas and 13 other states. Drugs and alcohol without doubt kill many motorists driving in work zones. Across the country, 22.2% of drivers were considered to be in a state of drug intoxication in fatal workzone crashes for which drug involvement was reported. In Texas, 42.9% of drivers whose drug involvement was reported were drug-intoxicated. Almost half of drivers whose alcohol involvement was reported were alcohol-intoxicated. But figuring out exactly how much alcohol was a major factor in fatal crashes is a challenge. The information is inconsistently reported and such testing in Texas was much spottier than the national average. Because of these reporting inconsistencies, the NHTSA actually uses a statistical estimate in its reports to approximate how likely it was that a driver in a fatal crash was sober or intoxicated. In Texas and in the country in general in 2014, a little less than one-third of fatal work zone crashes involved a speeding vehicle. Fewer than one out of every five crashes involved a distracted driver. Drivers involved in Texas work zone crashes were not more likely than their counterparts in New York to be unlicensed, operating unsafe cars, or beset by foul weather. Regional differences in driving and safety habits could be another factor. From 2010 to 2012, the South (including Texas) experienced slightly more than half of all the U.S. work zone accidents in the U.S that involved worker fatalities, according to a recently released review of federal data conducted for the Associated General Contractors. But normalized for employment, the Midwest had a disproportionate share of such accidents. Again, these fatalities involved workers, not drivers and passengers. With no clear answer, ENR talked to the transportation departments in both states. New York sees the most pressing issue as aggressive, reckless driving, speeding, and verbal and sometimes physical abuse directed toward flaggers and workers. Distracted driving is also big problem, says the New York State Dept. of Transportation. In Texas, state officials trumpet the message to drivers that vehicle occupants, not workers, are actually the victims of most work zone crashes in Texas. "We emphasize," the department said in answers to emailed questions, that "drivers must slow down, put down their phones, not tailgate and pay attention while driving in work zones." And here's one more reason why Texas may not be as bad as its 2014 work zone figures show. Texas is like many other states in that it has long miles of highway through rural areas where driving fast on long rides lulls drives into complacency. And then suddenly Texas drivers arrive in congested and dense urban areas where a lot of road work is under way. Anyway, that's one way of looking at it. Wyoming, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota, by various measures assessed on the website 24/7WallStreet, are the five most dangerous states to drive in. The factors considered include deaths per 100,000 miles driven, frequency with which seat belts are used and deaths on rural roads. Texas is the 16th most dangerous, according to 24/7Wall Street. Using different factors, including the condition of bridges, the website carinsurancecomparison.com named Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as the states with the most dangerous highways. Texas, while consistently ranking among the worst on that website for overall driver safety, was not in the top 10 of states most dangerous for driving.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio market research analysts forecast the global automotive disc brake market to grow at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global automotive disc brake market for 2017-2021. Based on the application type, the global automotive disc brake market is divided into three segments: passenger cars, LCVs, and M&HCVs, of which the passenger cars segment accounted for 91% of the market share in 2016. The global automotive disc brake market is driven by the fact that automotive manufacturers are providing a lot of emphases to the safety of passengers as well as the pedestrians under city and highway driving conditions. Disc brakes reduce the time and effort of the driver to bring the vehicle to a stop while avoiding any injuries or fatalities, says Praveen Kumar, a lead analyst for automotive components research at Technavio. Looking for more information on this market? Request a free sample report Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more. Technavio analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global automotive disc brake market: Passenger car penetration in APAC is low compared with other regions. As a result, APAC is a favorable market for OEMs as this region has great potential for growth. In 2016, the average car penetration levels in India was 17 cars per 1,000 people, which is one of the lowest in the world. In China, the average car penetration is 102 cars per 1,000 people and in Brazil it is 203 per 1,000 people. In the matured economies, such as the US, car penetration reached 800 per 1,000 people. With the high rate of population growth in this region and increase in wealth, the overall motorization rate in APAC is likely to increase in by 2025. The economy in the U.S is recovering from the banking crisis that destroyed the global economy. As a result, the confidence among the consumers is rebuilding. Since 2012, there is a slow and steady rise in the employment rate in the US. The interest rates are continuously being lowered to increase the consumer spending, which will boost the economy of the US. Even the recent increase in the production of oil and gas provided a boost to the US economy. It has made the US less reliant on overseas oil production, building more confidence in the consumers. In 2015, the labor market was robust, and approximately 12 million jobs were added into the mainstream. The unemployment rate significantly came down to 5% in 2016 from a peak of 10% in 2009. All these factors have led to an increase in vehicle sales in the US, which augurs well for the growth of the automotive disc brake market. Increased government regulation on stopping distance requirement in US The US is emphasizing on the minimum stopping distance requirements for the M&HCVs and the passenger cars to ensure increased road safety. In the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that the time taken by M&HCVs to stop in cases of panic stop braking is approximately twice the time taken by passenger cars. NHTSA proposed a legislation to reduce the minimum stopping distance requirement by 20%-30%, to bring in line with the passenger cars. This reduction in the stopping distance will lead to less fatalities and less damage to the property. As a result, legislations were passed to reduce the stopping requirement in M&HCVs from 355 feet to 250 feet. “The incremental benefit will be significantly greater than the cost of implementing the reduction in the stopping distance requirement in terms of a number of lives saved, prevention of accidents, and damage to property. The stopping distance requirement will be implemented in two phases depending on the vehicle type,” says Praveen. Become a Technavio Insights member and access all three of these reports for a fraction of their original cost. As a Technavio Insights member, you will have immediate access to new reports as they’re published in addition to all 6,000+ existing reports covering segments like powertrain, wheels and tires, and automotive manufacturing . This subscription nets you thousands in savings, while staying connected to Technavio’s constant transforming research library, helping you make informed business decisions more efficiently. Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies. Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at media@technavio.com.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may have a better time behind the wheels, with new findings showing that they may be safer from car crashes by staying on their medication. A new study published May 10, Wednesday, found that car accidents occurred at drastically lower rates among ADHD patients taking their prescribed medications than those not sticking to their drug therapy. ADHD symptoms include impaired ability to pay attention or control one’s impulses, as exhibited by actions such as excessive talking or fidgeting. A person with ADHD may maintain all or some of these behaviors that may get in the way of safe driving and other regular activities. In a new study conducted at the Karolinska Institutet, U.S. males with ADHD were found to be 38 percent less likely to figure in a car crash in the months they have been getting medication. The risk was 42 percent lower for women when medicated. Lead author Zheng Chang along with his team estimated that up to 22 percent of car crashes, too, could not have occurred if drivers with ADHD had obtained medication. “This is a prevalent and preventable cause of mortality and morbidity among patients with ADHD, and that is an important reason we investigated this issue,” Chang told CNN, adding that core symptoms like inattention and impulsivity could predispose the patients to increased accident and injury risks. The team used health insurers’ data from 2005 to 2014, identifying over 2.3 million in the United States over age 18 who were diagnosed the neurodevelopmental disorder. Of these people, over 1.9 million or almost 84 percent received a minimum of one ADHD prescription drug. They saw that nearly 11,500 ADHD patients had an ER visit after a car accident. Some of the limitations of the study are that it focused on ER visits alone, not deadly accidents or less severe cases that did not require medical attention. A filled prescription, too, does not readily mean the ADHD drug was taken. Around the world, car crashes lead to around 1.25 million deaths every year. In the United States alone, more than 32,000 were killed in these crashes in 2015, with distracted driving claiming 3,477 of those lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted. In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Vishal Madaan and Daniel J. Cox stated that potentially most vehicular collisions do not result in an ER visit, and that there are crash victims no longer seeking medical assistance. The researchers therefore likely underreported the benefits of the right ADHD medication and its impact on driving safety, they said. Driving, the two researchers explained, stands for a “complex neurobehavioral task” that involves cognitive, motor, perceptual, as well as visuospatial abilities, so it may not be a task a person with ADHD may completely master. People with ADHD also commonly forget taking their prescriptions or see their medication wear off at the time of the accident, especially late at night, the editorial went further. The findings were detailed in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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WAYNE, N.J., May 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A comprehensive study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that from 1998 to 2014, 636 children died from heatstroke after being trapped in an enclosed vehicle. AAA North Jersey is reminding drivers always to remove...


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups from the 2013 to 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a software glitch could prevent some of the trucks' airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying during collisions. The software is associated with the occupant restraint controller, which was manufactured by Robert Bosch LLC in Plymouth, Michigan. ALSO SEE: Study: Trump states sell fewer green cars than Clinton states NHTSA documents warn that if the trucks included in this recall are driven off-road or strike debris, the roll rate sensor (which helps determine whether a vehicle is at risk of rolling over) may trigger a fault in occupant restraint controller, which would disable the rollover side curtain airbags and the seatbelt pretensioners. If those systems don't deploy during a collision, the risk of injury to occupants could increase dramatically. The good news is, if the rollover airbags and pretensioners are disabled, an airbag warning light will be illuminated on the dashboard, letting drivers know that something's wrong. The issue should resolve itself after the ignition cycle completes, meaning that the safety systems function as normal once the truck is turned off and restarted. The bad news is that FCA has received at least 16 complaints about the problem. The worse news is that two injuries and one death may be linked to it. CHECK OUT: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio priced above direct rivals, but loaded with features The recall affects the following models: FCA says that 1,021,279 of those vehicles are currently registered in the U.S. If you own a Ram pickup that's affected by this recall, you should receive a notice by mail around June 23. At that time, you'll be able to take your truck to a Ram dealer, who will update the occupant restraint controller software at no charge. If you have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall T25. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #17V-302.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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The number of fatalities from distracted driving – particularly texting while driving – has spiked in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's statistics for 2015 (the most recent statistics available) showed 3,477 automobile deaths and 391,000 injuries occurring in automobile accidents attributed to distracted driving. And the staggering numbers are getting worse every year. "Everybody has a phone and most people drive. This issue has far surpassed drunk driving as a danger to everyone on the road," said Schee. "It's not just texting. For me, it's any distraction by a cellular device period." An ever-increasing problem is teenagers texting while driving. A recent report from the American Automobile Association says that distracted driving is a factor in 60 percent of accidents involving teenaged drivers. The issue will be in the spotlight in the coming weeks as America enters the 100 Deadliest Days, the ominous label for the period of summer when students are out of school between Memorial Day until Labor Day. One product to help combat teen texting while driving is Sentinel, which teaches drivers to turn their phone off (or to airplane mode) before driving. Similar to a seat belt chime, the driver receives an audio warning that cellphone use has been detected. At the same time parents can remotely monitor their teenage drivers' cellphone use as well as the automobile's speed, location and if driven past curfew hours. For a parent, it's almost like being a passenger with your teen driver. Sentinel is superior to any app. An app can only monitor one phone. Sentinel monitors the automobile for ALL phones. Studies show passenger cell phone use also distracts the driver. With Sentinel, your teen driver's automobile can become a "No Cell Phone Zone". Parents are never out of touch with their teen drivers, even when the teen's phone is turned off or in airplane mode. Using Sentinel's message system they can alert the driver to pull over to a safe location, turn on his/her phone and check for messages. "Sentinel was developed to change teenage drivers' behavior while at the same time provide parents valuable data as well as peace of mind," said Sentinel executive Stephen Stewart. "Sentinel can be easily installed within minutes and ensures the driver is paying attention to the road and not to his/her phone or the phones of passengers." Schee has a teenage son who is starting to drive and she says Sentinel will be part of his driving experience. "I love the Sentinel device," she says. "It absolutely will be in his car." To find out more, go to www.drivewithsentinel.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/living-with-the-pain-of-distracted-driving-300456165.html

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