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Jun 20, 2015

U.S. government investigators blast NHTSA in new safety report

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. auto safety
watchdog is racked by internal problems that have prevented the
agency from acting to protect the public from deadly auto
defects, including faulty GM ignition switches, according to
federal investigators.

An official U.S. Department of Transportation report, seen
by Reuters, says the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration lacks the data needed to identify safety issues,
does not properly screen the data it has and has failed time and
again to hold automakers accountable for problems among the more
than 265 million cars and trucks on America’s roads.

Jun 19, 2015

U.S sets 24 percent fuel efficiency goal for big trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday proposed a 24 percent improvement in fuel efficiency for heavy trucks by 2027 as part of the Obama administration’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the new standards for truck tractors would reduce carbon emissions by a total of 1.1 billion tons (1 billion metric tons) and begin with model year 2021. The regulators also proposed efficiency standards for trailers.

Jun 18, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. regulators detail alleged Fiat Chrysler recall failings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators have “tentatively concluded” that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV did not adequately remedy safety defects in a timely manner, notify car owners of recalls or keep federal officials informed about ongoing issues, according to an official document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. 

The document, an official draft of a notice to be published in the Federal Register, contains the most strongly worded language to date by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and expands from 20 to 22 the number of recalls that NHTSA intends to scrutinize at a public hearing on July 2.

Jun 17, 2015

FAA, Amazon officials see drone operations in a year

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – U.S. commercial drone
operations could take flight on a large scale within a year, as
federal regulators finalize rules for widespread operations by
companies including Amazon.com, according to congressional
testimony on Wednesday.

A senior Federal Aviation Administration official said the
agency expects to finalize regulations over the next 12 months.
This would be a substantially shorter period than previous
forecasts that had anticipated rules allowing commercial
operations by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

Jun 16, 2015

Amazon insists federal rules apply to U.S. deliveries by drone

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Amazon.com, seeking to
bolster its efforts to deliver products via drone, said on
Tuesday that states and local communities should not be allowed
to regulate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) authorized by federal
aviation regulators.

“Uniform federal rules must apply,” Paul Misener, the
e-commerce retailer’s vice president for global public policy,
said in written testimony released by a U.S. House of
Representatives oversight committee ahead of a Wednesday

Jun 12, 2015

U.S. House trade vote a setback to U.S. multinationals

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – Some of the biggest
household names in Corporate America suffered a setback on
Friday as U.S. lawmakers blocked a key piece of legislation
central to a major Pacific trade deal that advocates say would
boost exports by reducing trade barriers overseas.

The House of Representatives failed to advance a
“fast-track” trade deal, by defeating a related measure intended
to aid workers hurt by trade. But in a later symbolic vote, the
chamber passed Trade Promotion Authority, raising Republican
hopes of succeeding in a second attempt that could come on

Jun 12, 2015

U.S. officials say Takata air bag likely involved in fatal crash

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – The top U.S. auto safety
regulator said on Friday a ruptured Takata Corp air bag
was likely involved in the April 5 car crash that killed a
22-year-old Louisiana woman, which would make her death the
seventh linked to an air bag defect.

Kylan Rae Langlinais died four days after her 2005 Honda
Civic struck a utility pole in an early morning accident,
according to a lawsuit filed by her family this week in U.S.
District Court. The suit alleges that the vehicle’s driver-side
Takata air bag exploded, sending shards of metal into the
passenger compartment and severing her carotid artery.

Jun 10, 2015

U.S. officials looking into possible 7th Takata air bag death

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators
said on Wednesday that they are looking into a possible seventh
death linked to defective Takata air bag inflators, a Louisiana
woman who died after her 2005 Honda Civic hit a utility pole in
the early hours of April 5.

A lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court by the
family of the victim, 22-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais, claims
the car’s Takata driver-side air bag exploded on impact, sending
shards of metal into the passenger compartment and severing the
woman’s carotid artery. She died four days later.

Jun 10, 2015

Amtrak engineer in May 12 derailment was not on phone: NTSB

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was not talking or texting on his cellphone when his speeding passenger train derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others, federal crash investigators said on Wednesday.

Officials, however, are still trying to determine whether Bostian could have been using the device in some other way that would not have required a wireless connection, such as playing games or reading, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Jun 10, 2015

Amtrak to test rail safety system in U.S. Northeast but problems persist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amtrak said on Wednesday that it has won government approval to test a new rail safety system between New York and Washington that federal inspectors say would have prevented the deadly May 12 derailment in Philadelphia.

But the Federal Communications Commission warned that the system, which relies on radio transmissions between trains and track sensors, could face “harmful interference” from rival freight railroad systems along another busy track between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut.

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