Auto Safety Agency Asleep At The Wheel, Critics Say

BMW M4 Safety Car Debuts in MotoGP at Qatar Grand Prix

“The agency did not open an investigation in the GM Cobalt case and in many other cases, I believe, because they decided that unless they had everything handed to them on a silver platter in terms of evidence and information, they didn’t have to act. And that’s just completely incorrect,” Claybrook said in an interview. Sean Kane, a safety advocate and president of Safety Research & Strategies , has sued NHTSA four times in the past few years to get access to documents on incident investigations. He says the agency needs better practices and procedures. “There are no guidelines for what gets investigated and how the agency’s limited resources are allocated,” he said. Kane, who is often an expert witness for the plaintiff in accident cases, believes a “complete systematic shakeup” is needed to make NHTSA work better and smarter. The goal should be to find hidden safety problems, rather than “go from crisis to crisis,” he said. Lives are at stake There’s no way you can tell if your vehicle has a hidden safety defect. We rely on federal regulators to uncover these problems and force the manufacturers to fix them. Critics say the much-delayed GM Cobalt ignition switch recall is just one example that shows the watchdog isn’t doing its job. Read More ‘Clearly this took too long’: GM’s Barra on recall NHTSA has two large databases containing consumer complaints and fatal accident reports from across the country.
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“Official Car of MotoGP”: BMW M presents new highlights in 2014

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not so pleased with Teslas boasting. The NHTSA has issued a clarification regarding Teslas claim that the car has scored 5.4 out of 5 in the crash tests. Tesla also said that the Model S broke the machine used in NHTSAs roof crush test. The point was, however, not confirmed by NHTSA. According to NHTSA, it never rates a vehicle beyond five stars and do not rank or order vehicles within the star rating categories. The company has proper guidelines for manufactures and publishers to ensure that accurate and consistent information is conveyed to the public. According to the guidelines the carmakers can use only specific phrases like five -star or highest Government rating to describe the crash test result. John Voelcker at Green Cars said that this isnt the first time when Tesla has over boasted about its car model. Regardless of what has been publicized, the crash results of NHTSA tests have shown that the Model @ in an incredibly safe car. It has scored perfect five out of five in other tests too. It is the only car to receive a good rating in the side pole intrusion test. The model has a large front zone impact and a double bumper at the rear end provides an extra protection.
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Hear the Roar of BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car

This is another important stepping stone in our continuously expanding commitment to MotoGP. Providing the BMW M fleet remains the focal point of the partnership with Dorna Sports, but there are many other important aspects to BMW M GmbHs involvement at Grands Prix. These include the BMW M Award, which will be presented for the twelfth time in 2014. At the end of each MotoGP season, this award is presented to the rider with the best qualifying results. The winner receives an exclusive BMW M car for his efforts. Last year, Spanish MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez became the youngest winner in the history of the BMW M Award. At the season finale in Valencia (ESP), he was presented with a BMW M6 Coupe in an exclusive Frozen Black Metallic livery in recognition of his success. This seasons top qualifier can once again look forward to a genuine highlight however, exactly which BMW M model is up for grabs will not be revealed until the start of the European MotoGP season in Jerez (ESP). BMW M GmbH. BMW M GmbH is a 100 per cent subsidiary of BMW AG.
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Tesla Model S safety test

After a number of stringent safety tests were carried out, the IIHS decided the A3 sedan is worthy of the title “Top Safety Pick Plus”. The car received “Good” rating in every type of crash, including the new front small overlap. In fact, this is the very first Audi model to get the 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus moniker. The A3 also received the “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention. “The TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for the A3 sedan demonstrates the full Audi commitment to safety,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America.”With a host of standard luxury features, industry-first technology and uncompromised design, the Audi A3 raises the bar as to what is expected out of entry-level luxury vehicles.” Safety features on the 2015 Audi A3 sedan: Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional) Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes Electronic stability control Antilock brakes Daytime running lights The all-new A3 sedan is going on sale this April and is going to be the cheapest Audi you can buy in America. With a MSRP of $29,900, this car aims squarely at younger buyers and first-time Audi owners. The base model comes with a 1.8-liter TFSI turbo engine, which the IIHS tested. You can also buy it with a larger 2-liter TFSI from $32,900. The first of many new compact models, the A3 sedan will be joined in the next 16 months by the A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, S3 and A3 e-tron PHEV.
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One dead after speeding car slams into front of St. Petersburg house

This marked the 16th season as Official Car of MotoGP for BMW and the continuos collaboration between the Germans and the MotoGP World Championship. For this is a car that will run with the fastest bikes in the world, special changes were done to it, to better cope with its responsibility as Safety Car. Therefore, the M4 Coupe received a full body wrap with the traditional M stripes and stickers from the sponsors and a light bar on the roof. Furthermore, a complete M Performance kit was added on the outside including a front bumper lip, new side skirts, new wheels, carbon fibre mirror covers, rear diffuser and blacked out kidney grilles. Inside, all the seats have been removed and just a pair of Recaro racing seats was added up front, fitted with Schroth belts. To make sure the sound will match the look, the stock exhaust was replaced by an Akrapovic titanium one that sounds more than enticing. Apart from the M4 Coupe, the competition will also get an M3 Sedan Safety Car from BMW alongside an M5 and two M550d xDrive Touring cars as medical units. BMW M is proud to be part of the MotoGP success story for the 16th season running. We are delighted that the BMW M4 Coupe experienced its baptism of fire as a safety car out on the racetrack, said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH. Four generations of the BMW M3 have combined motorsport genes and unlimited suitability for daily use into one highly emotional overall concept. The BMW M4 Coupe is a natural progression of these fundamental ideas.
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2015 Audi A3 Gets Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from IIHS [Video]

She saw a wall of fire outside her window. The car had flown into the air, hit a tree and split into several pieces. The rear portion grazed part of her window awning and slid through the front of her porch on the corner of 49th Street North and 34th Avenue North. It happened just before 4:30 a.m. The driver, who police have not identified but who they said may have been traveling south at over 100 miles per hour, died after he was thrown from the car. Pieces of his vehicle crushed Brown’s railing, sheared the front of a bush, shattered a window and then miraculously slid away from her house. As they slept, a single wall separated Brown and her husband from the flying car. “I do feel very fortunate that all he hit was the corner of the house and the porch,” Brown said. Wreckage from the crash covered more than a block of 49th Street North, from the spot where the driver hit a bus stop near 35th Avenue North to the yard of a dental office on 34th Avenue North, where the mangled front end landed. As she stepped outside in the dark, Brown scanned the debris that littered her yard and her neighbors’. “My eyes wandered to every little piece,” Brown said.
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BMW M4 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car debuts in Qatar

BMW M4 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car debuts in Qatar

Now as the car makes its official track debut at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, the first video of it emerges, giving us a taste of what the M4 sounds like. As you can clearly hear, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car has a mighty roar. Mind you, it is fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust system, which the standard car does not get as standard. The Safety Car also features a full host of M Performance Kits, including front and rear aprons, side skirts, and special wheels all blacked-out which is optional extra for the normal models. In terms of engine and powertrain, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car is the same as the standard model, boasting a 430 horsepower turbocharged straight-six a return to form for the M3/M4 and a M-DCT transmission. You can order the road-going model with a manual gearbox if you want, but be advised that one is slower and less efficient. BMW M is proud to be part of the MotoGP success story for the 16th season running. We are delighted that the BMW M4 Coupe experienced its baptism of fire as a safety car out on the racetrack, said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH. Four generations of the BMW M3 have combined motorsport genes and unlimited suitability for daily use into one highly emotional overall concept. The BMW M4 Coupe is a natural progression of these fundamental ideas.
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