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May 19, 2015
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Passing on a Two-Lane Roadway

Here's some advice, provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, on how to safely pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or highway. DefensiveDriving.com offers video tips as well.


<p><strong><em>Image of connected-car technology courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.</em></strong></p> DOT Seeks to Hasten Connected-Car Tech Rollout

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has directed NHTSA to tighten the deadline for the agency’s proposal to require V2V technology in new vehicles.



<p><em>Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Steering

The North American recall affects 12,328 2015 model-year Ford F-150 pickup trucks at risk for steering loss.


Video: Google Self-Driving Prototypes to Hit Public Roads

The pod-like prototype cars, which use the same software as Google’s self-driving Lexus RX450h fleet, this summer will undergo testing on public roads near Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.



<p><em>Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.</em></p> Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups Recalled

The recall, which affects 48,309 2015 model-year mid-size trucks in the U.S., will address seat frame attachment hooks that weren't properly connected.


Building a Safety Culture at the Fleet Safety Conference

The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.


<p><em>Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.</em></p> GM Recalls Malibu Sedans for Seat Belts

The recall affects 437,045 2011-2012 model-year Chevrolet Malibu sedans in the U.S. and 4,620 in Canada.


Video: Audi Q5 SUV Earns Top Safety Rating

Recent structural improvements pay off in crash tests, and the luxury SUV qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.


<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of FCA US.</strong></em></p> FCA Recalls More Jeep Cherokee SUVs for Air Bags

The 2014-2015 model-year vehicles are at risk for inadvertent air bag deployment during rough, typically off-road driving conditions.


Video: Toyota, Nissan Expand Air Bag Recalls

The two automakers are recalling an additional 6.56 million vehicles globally so dealers can replace Takata-manufactured air bag inflators at risk for exploding and injuring vehicle occupants.


Video: Nissan Murano Excels in IIHS Crash Testing

The redesigned 2015 mid-size SUV emerges as the biggest winner in the latest round of small overlap front crash tests for mid-size SUVs.


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