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Victoria Police targeting irresponsible drivers with new long-lens camera

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Victoria Police targeting irresponsible drivers with new long-lens camera

Victorian motorists using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts now risk being spotted up to 700 metres away thanks to a new long-lens portable camera dubbed the Ranger...

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Child Safety in Cars: Volvo celebrates half a century of innovation
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Child Safety in Cars: Volvo celebrates half a century of innovation

When there’s a baby on the way, after the initial excitement (or surprise) discussions will inevitably turn to child restraints. Legal requirements and opinions regarding child safety in cars have changed over the years and Volvo has played quite a role in its history – from being involved in the development of the first child seat prototype 50 years ago, to the recent unveiling of an inflatable car seat concept...


Volvo unveils inflatable child seat concept
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Volvo unveils inflatable child seat concept

It’s something every parent will experience, lugging a bulky, awkward child seat in and out of a vehicle. What if you could simply inflate and deflate a child seat, taking much of the hassle out of the equation? Enter Volvo, and it’s inflatable child seat. Though still in the development phase, the Swedish carmaker has released details, images and a video of its prototype...


Toyota recalls more than six million vehicles worldwide
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Toyota recalls more than six million vehicles worldwide

Toyota has recalled more than six million vehicles around the world, including almost 300,000 in Australia, to fix five different issues affecting 27 models. Said to impact 6.76 million vehicles globally – including the Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia – Toyota said in a statement that taking duplicate recalls into consideration, the total recall figure is closer to 6...


Northern Territory Government to extend open speed limit trial
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Northern Territory Government to extend open speed limit trial

A 12-month trial returning open speed limits to a 200km stretch of the Stuart Highway looks set to be extended only two months in, following comments by the Northern Territory's transport minister. Speaking on ABC radio, Peter Styles said he believes the trial – announced in October last year – has so far been a success, with people generally being responsible and driving to the conditions, and that the government is already preparing to extend it...


Popular large SUVs struggle in small overlap front crash test
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Popular large SUVs struggle in small overlap front crash test

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjynD0ZW420 Just two of the nine large SUVs put through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test have earned the top rating, while a number of popular models have disappointed with ‘poor’ and ‘marginal’ scores...


Toyota LandCruiser brake recall : 13,800 vehicles affected locally
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Toyota LandCruiser brake recall : 13,800 vehicles affected locally

Approximately 13,800 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series models have been recalled in Australia due to a braking system fault that could result in a brake fluid leak. Affecting current ABS-equipped Toyota LandCruiser VDJ7# models built between May 2012 and March 2014 in single- and double-cab chassis, wagon or troop carrier guises, the recall relates to a flexible brake hose bracket located on the vehicles' front differential...


Tesla, car makers
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Tesla, car makers' alliance pushing to legalise side cameras

On the same day as US safety regulators set a 2018 deadline for the standard implementation of reverse-view cameras in new vehicles, Tesla Motors and the US automotive industry’s key lobby group filed a petition pushing for the right to replace external mirrors with side-mounted cameras...


Lexus to offer reverse-view camera standard on all models
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Lexus to offer reverse-view camera standard on all models

Lexus Australia has announced that from early April, all models across its range will come with a standard reverse-view camera. The Toyota-owned luxury arm made the announcement on the eve of the launch of its updated CT200h small hybrid hatchback, which is the final model in the Lexus range to gain the safety system as standard across its model line-up...


Holden Cruze recall :: 2712 cars called back over driveshaft issue, including 600 repaired in 2013
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Holden Cruze recall : 2712 cars called back over driveshaft issue, including 600 repaired in 2013

A driveshaft issue affecting 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the US has also forced 2712 Holden Cruze sedans and hatchbacks to be recalled in Australia, including more than 600 for the second time in little more than six months. Unlike the US recall that affects Cruze sedans powered by the company’s 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, the local recall applies to Cruze 1...


Reverse-view cameras mandatory in the US from 2018
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Reverse-view cameras mandatory in the US from 2018

US safety regulators have announced a mandate for reverse-view cameras in all vehicles weighing less than 4500 kilograms from May 2018. The US Department of Transportation's safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), claims the mandatory fitment of reverse-view or "back-up" cameras aims to prevent motorists from hitting pedestrians while reversing...


Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over brake problem
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Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over brake problem

A number of Jeep Grand Cherokee models have been recalled in Australia due to a fault related to the SUVs braking system. A total of 648 Jeep Grand Cherokees built between October 11, 2011 and October 1, 2012 have been recalled to repair a defect with the vehicles’ Ready Alert Braking System (RAB) that could result in increased stopping distances...


GM expands faulty ignition switch recall to 2.6m vehicles
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GM expands faulty ignition switch recall to 2.6m vehicles

General Motors has expanded its faulty ignition switch recall by almost one million vehicles, taking the total number of affected cars to 2.6 million around the world. The expansion announcement follows GM’s original February recall that targeted 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky vehicles built between 2003 and 2007...


Toyota agrees to $1.3b settlement to end unintended acceleration case
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Toyota agrees to $1.3b settlement to end unintended acceleration case

Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay a record US$1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) to settle a criminal investigation after it admitted to misleading American motorists about two unintended acceleration issues affecting its vehicles. The settlement with the US Department of Justice concludes a four-year investigation by US authorities into Toyota’s conduct in relation to the safety of its cars...


Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined
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Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined

Car restrictions resulting from dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have ceased, with levels dropping back below safe limits. During the ban, which permitted only those with odd-numbered registration plates to use the roads from 5:30am Monday until midnight the same day, a reported total of 3859 motorists were fined 22 euro ($34) for driving when disallowed...


Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions
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Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions

Dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have triggered major restrictions on motorists, with only those with odd-numbered registration plates allowed to drive on the city's streets yesterday. If Monday's restrictions continue, today will see motorists with even-numbered registration plates only permitted to use the roads...


General Motors recalls another 1.76m vehicles after prioritising safety issues
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General Motors recalls another 1.76m vehicles after prioritising safety issues

General Motors – facing intense scrutiny over its handling of an ignition switch recall – has recalled a further 1.76 million vehicles overnight to address three new unrelated defects...


Volvo sensor technology reads drivers
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Volvo sensor technology reads drivers' eyes and attention

Volvo is conducting a new research project into in-car driver monitoring aimed at improving safety and allowing cars to better know their drivers. Conducted with involvement from Gothenburg's Chalmers University of Technology, the Swedish car maker says the driver monitoring sensors already installed into test vehicles can recognise and distinguish whether a driver is tired or inattentive...


Reverse-view cameras best for driveway safety, but drivers often fail - study
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Reverse-view cameras best for driveway safety, but drivers often fail - study

Reverse-view cameras are more effective at helping motorists avoid driveway accidents than rear parking sensors - but drivers need to bear the brunt of blame no matter what technology is fitted, research by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found. A study was conducted using 111 volunteer drivers in an empty parking lot using a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox (the US market equivalent of the Holden Captiva 5)...


Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX, Peugeot 5008 earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings
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Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX, Peugeot 5008 earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX and Peugeot 5008 have all been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash-tester ANCAP. The Peugeot 5008 became the highest-scoring people-mover ever tested by ANCAP, scoring 36.41 points out of a possible 37, dethroning the previously top-ranked Kia Rondo (36.2)...