Atwater Village Newbie

Hacker’s Company Handing Out Code That Can Turn Any Car Into A Self-Driving Vehicle

Does making a product free mean you don’t have to answer to authorities who might come knocking later? One experienced hacker seems to think his startup can avoid liability while giving away code for a software kit to convert cars into self-driving vehicles. [More]

Consumer Reports

Consumer Advocates Sue Government Over Long Wait For New Automobile Safety Features

Earlier this year, federal vehicle safety regulators reached a voluntary agreement with nearly two dozen car manufacturers to make forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking features standard in their cars starting in 2022. But some consumer safety advocates believe this is too long a wake and have gone to court in the hope of pressing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into taking more immediate action. [More]

tomtom4388

Court Overturns Federal Ban On Potentially Dangerous, High-Power Magnet Toys, Gadgets

Not that long ago, lots of us were going out on Black Friday weekend and buying Buckyballs or some other stocking stuffer that used tiny high-powered magnetic spheres. Then we learned that these doodads can do an awful lot of damage if swallowed. Since 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been recalling these products and filing lawsuits against the companies that continue to make these potentially dangerous items. The CPSC even created a new safety standard that effectively bans the remaining magnetic products, but this week a federal appeals court overturned that rule. [More]

Jeremy Brooks

NHTSA: New Hybrid, Electric Cars Must Make Noise So Pedestrians Hear Them Coming

Even if car doesn’t have an engine to rev, it still has to make enough noise to warn pedestrians that it’s coming. So says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which just released a new rule that says all hybrid and electric vehicles have to produce an audible sound when traveling at low speeds. [More]

Brian Brodeur

8 Things We Learned About Allegiant’s History Of Scary Midair Mechanical Failures

When you book a ticket on a discount airline, you might expect no-frills service in the cabin, but you don’t expect to be getting on a plane that’s any less safe than the more expensive competition. Yet after complaints from pilots and increased scrutiny from the FAA, the Tampa Bay Times crunched a lot of data and figured out that yes, Allegiant’s planes fail more than the U.S. average. [More]

After $4.8M In Property Damage, Millions Of Dehumidifiers Recalled

After $4.8M In Property Damage, Millions Of Dehumidifiers Recalled

Dehumidifiers are meant to protect homes from mold and mildew, not burn them down. Yet, that’s apparently a possibility for 3.4 million dehumidifiers — covering dozens of brands, including GE, Honeywell, Kenmore, and Sunbeam — that are being recalled after being linked to $4.8 million in property damage. [More]

Great Beyond

Lawsuit Against Amazon Claims Exploding Hoverboard Destroyed Family’s Home

For most people, so-called hoverboards were just a fad, one many didn’t think much about after a serious of fiery incidents involving the electric scooters prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall half a million of the devices over safety concerns. But it was more than a trendy fad to be forgotten for others, like one Tennessee family that’s claiming a scooter sold by Amazon was responsible for destroying their home. [More]

WFLA

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Shuts Down River Ride After Fatal Incident In Australia

After four people were killed on a river ride at an Australian amusement park on Tuesday, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has shut down a similar attraction “out of an abundance of caution.” [More]

WSB Radio

Pizza Shop Customer Claims Daughter Received Medication From Toy Machine

It’s always a surprise as to what you’re gonna get when you pop quarters into a toy vending machine, but there are some prizes that no parent wants dispensed to their kid. Say, blood pressure medication. [More]

Poster Boy

Facebook Relaunches “Safety Center” Anti-Bullying Hub With More Resources

Six years ago Facebook launched The Safety Center as a way to address bullying and provide users with copies of the social network’s community standards to ensure that anyone using the site can do so safely. Today, the company relaunched the Center and updated its Bullying Prevention Hub in order to reach more of its 1.7 billion users. [More]

Amtrak Now Prohibiting Passengers From Bringing Galaxy Note 7 Devices On Trains

Amtrak Now Prohibiting Passengers From Bringing Galaxy Note 7 Devices On Trains

First planes, now trains: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no longer welcome on Amtrak. [More]

Uber

Police: Miami Uber Driver Admitted He Sexually Assaulted Incapacitated Passenger

Police in Miami say an Uber driver has admitted to sexually battering a female customer while she was incapacitated after a night of drinking. [More]

CPSC

Amid Complaints Of Exploding Samsung Washing Machines, Safety Agency Says To Use Delicate Cycle

Some owners of Samsung top-loading washing machines say their appliances exploded while in normal use. Now, federal safety regulators have confirmed they are looking into the matter and are advising Samsung owners on the best way to avoid the potential problem.
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Uber

Uber Implementing New “Selfie” Security Requirement For Drivers

In an effort to prevent drivers’ accounts from being compromised, Uber has announced a new security measure called Real-Time ID Check that will require drivers to periodically take a photo of themselves before they can sign onto the platform and accept rides. [More]

Evenflo

Evenflo Recalling 30K Booster Seats Because Kids Can Loosen The Harness

Kids have a way of figuring out how to do exactly what they shouldn’t, which is why car seat maker Evenflo is recalling about 30,000 booster seats over concern that some children have figured out how to loosen the harness all by themselves. [More]

Michael Kappel

CDC Reports “Worrisome” News On Antibiotic Use In Hospitals

The overuse of antibiotics in human patients and farm animals has been linked to the development of so-called “superbugs” that are resistant to most traditional antibiotics. In a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents the “worrisome” news that hospitals are increasingly turning to stronger and broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat patients. [More]

Atwater Village Newbie

Tesla Supplier Says It Broke With Carmaker Over Autopilot Safety Concerns

In July, automotive tech company Mobileye, which had provided parts for Tesla’s Autopilot assisted-driving system, announced that it was ending its relationship with the carmaker. Now Mobileye says it parted ways with Tesla because Autopilot was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety.”  [More]

Federal Safety Commission Urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Owners To Stop Using, Charging Devices; Still No Official Recall

Federal Safety Commission Urges Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Owners To Stop Using, Charging Devices; Still No Official Recall

A week after Samsung said that it would eventually be recalling the recently released Galaxy Note 7 phones over reports of exploding and smoking devices, the tech giant has yet to finalize an official recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Regardless, the CPSC is now publicly urging anyone who has one of these devices to stop using or charging their phone. [More]