• NHTSA and FBI Offer Tips to Prevent Vehicle CyberHacking

    … We already know the dangers of leaving a smartphone unattended, or using a computer connected to the internet without having a firewall or virus protection—now the FBI and NHTSA are telling us that our new, technology-savvy vehicles are just as vulnerable. The technology that allows us to use our devices via Bluetooth and access online help…

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  • Audit Slams NHTSA For Failure to Do Its Job

    …, the Senators had this to say, “The Inspector General’s new report further underscores our assertions that NHTSA has failed to use, disclose and in some cases even understand reports and documents it obtains from automakers and consumers that are supposed to provide early warnings of deadly automobile defects.” NHTSA may need an overhaul. A large part…

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  • Drunk Driving Can Lead To Professional Discipline

    …, misdemeanor or felony. When the OED receives a report of a practitioner’s conviction, the first step it takes is to determine whether the crime is a “serious” crime. The USPTO Rules define a “serious” crime as: (1) Any criminal offense classified as a felony under the laws of the United States, any state or any foreign country where the crime…

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  • Senate Committee Report on Takata Also Blames NHTSA

    … This week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation released a report on the Takata airbag recalls, laying the blame on Takata for failing to promptly issue recalls. The committee reviewed 13,000 emails and documents from the airbag manufacturer which showed that Takata knew about the faulty airbags almost a year before issuing…

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  • Ford Recalls Cars For Defective Door Latches

    … Last week Ford issued its 5th recall for door latch problems. Since 2014, this brings the total to more than 1.55 million vehicles recalled by Ford Motor Company for various defects. The May 1 recall, issued with urging from the NHTSA, involves 156,000 vehicles with a broken “pawl spring tab”. The defect can prevent the door from latching; there…

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  • Nissan Recalling More Vehicles For Takata Airbag Defect

    … Nissan has announced another round of recalls of defective Takata airbags after a woman in Louisiana was injured from shrapnel, in her 2006 Sentra. This is a regional recall targeting vehicles in states with high-humidity conditions. Nissan added 45,000 Sentras from model years 2004-2006 after this accident, bringing the number of recalled…

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  • Auto Recalls: How Safe is Your New Used Car?

    … on their lots. Most used cars have the tag “As is” prominently displayed on the sale sheet. Here’s how Autotrader.com explains it, “In general, the term “as is” means that a certain car is available in the condition as it is on the lot. This means that any defects or flaws with the car will be your responsibility as the buyer and won’t be covered…

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