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January 2016 Archives

Record number of vehicles recalled in 2015

Oklahoma motorists might find it interesting that there were more auto recalls in 2015 than other year in history, just beating the previous record set in 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 51 million vehicles recalled last year. It was initially believed there were almost 64 million recalls in 2014, but that number inadvertently double counted some of the airbag recalls made by Takata Corp., so the total was adjusted downward.

Light snow and hazardous roads in Oklahoma

Although it might sound counterintuitive, drivers may be in more danger on the road when there is an inch of snow compared to a large snowstorm. There are several reasons for this including the fact that there may be more traffic just before a minor snow event. While it may be easy to stay off the road when there is a foot of snow, it may be harder to perceive danger during periods of light snow.

NHTSA urged to release new safety rules for keyless vehicles

Oklahoma drivers with keyless cars and trucks may not be aware that the vehicles have a dangerous flaw that could kill them. Unlike traditional vehicles that turn off when the key is removed from the ignition, keyless vehicles keep running when the driver exits with the electronic key fob after forgetting to turn off the ignition manually. This has led to the deaths of at least 18 people who were overcome with carbon monoxide fumes after accidentally leaving their cars on in the garage, according to some reports.

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