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November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Road Deaths Expected to Rise

Photo by Mlaurenti/Wikipedia.

The National Safety Council estimates that 421 people could lose their lives in car crashes during the upcoming holiday weekend — a 7% jump over the average.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Road Crashes, Safety, Driver Safety Tips

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Dual Fuel System, NHTSA, Large Pickups

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Tags: SMS, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, CSA, Citations

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT, FCMSA

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Tags: AAA, Tires, Safety

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Emergency Kits, Safety, First-Aid Kits

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Recalled for Wheel Bearings

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, issued to address a wheel detachment risk, covers 109 vans in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Daimler, NHTSA, 2017-MY, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Vans

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Snow

It's that time of year again. A number of areas have already seen the first snowfall of the season. AAA offers advice for driving in wintry conditions.

Tags: Winter Driving, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

October 29, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Precautions for Halloween

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Here's safety advice, provided by AAA Exchange, to help keep motorists and trick-or-treaters safe on Tuesday night.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, AAA

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 30K F-150 Pickups

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The company issues three separate safety recalls that involve trucks in North America.

Tags: Ford F-150, Recalls, Ford, Transmissions, Engines, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, 2018-MY, Safety

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Fire Risk

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 65,000 2015-2017 vans in the U.S. equipped with a trailer tow module.

Tags: Vans, Fire, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, 2015-MY, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Reminders for the Time Change

Photo by Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5. Here's some night driving advice from the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Night Driving

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-150 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Thanks to optional automatic braking, the pickup truck now qualifies for the prestigious award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Headlights, Ford, Automatic Braking, Large Pickups, 2018-MY

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

GM Reaches Ignition-Switch Settlement With 49 States

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

The automaker agrees to pay $120 million to resolve state claims associated with the defective ignition switches that spurred 2014 recalls.

Tags: General Motors, Litigation, Safety

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Jeep Compass Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The award, given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, applies to 2017 Jeep Compass SUVs equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Tags: Jeep, IIHS, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Jeep Compass, Headlights, Automatic Braking, Compact SUVs, 2017-MY, Safety

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots

AAA offers advice on how to stay safe and avoid collisions in parking lots.

Tags: AAA, Parking, Vehicle Damage, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

October 14, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Recalls 470K SUVs, Sedans for Head Restraints

Screen shot of Chrysler 200 via YouTube.

The recall includes more than 414,000 Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles in the U.S. in the 2012 and 2013 model years.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge, Jeep Liberty, 2012-MY, Recalls, Chrysler 200, 2013-MY, Compact SUVs, Mid-Size Sedans, NHTSA, FCA, Safety, Dodge Avenger

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Road Deaths Rise 5.6% in 2016

Photo by Djmaschek/Wikimedia Commons.

Speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to buckle up contribute to the disturbing trend, according to newly released data from NHTSA.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Pedestrian Safety, Speeding, Motorcycles, NHTSA, Road Deaths

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall covers 109 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Fire, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety, 2016-MY

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

State Farm offers advice on how to spot warning signs of vehicle fire risk, and the National Safety Council provides tips on what to do if a fire starts while you're driving.

Tags: Fire, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Are Your Drivers Pencil Whipping Their DVIRs?

It’s important for drivers to do a proper walk-around of their vehicles and to complete a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) every day. This way, your maintenance provider can be on top of needed repairs before they become catastrophic failures.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Inspections, Vehicle Safety

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Warning Motorists After a Breakdown

The Kentucky State Police and AAA offer advice on what measures a driver should take to warn other motorists after a vehicle breakdown.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Mazda6 Recalled for Power Steering, Air Bags

Photo of Mazda6 sedan courtesy of Mazda.

The recall, tied to a wiring problem, covers nearly 58,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Mazda, Recalls, Air Bags, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Mazda Mazda6, Safety, Steering

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