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Brett Emison

Car Thieves Can Unlock And Start Cars Via Text Message

Earlier this year, I described how vehicle electronic and computer systems are easy to hack. Now, according to Gizmodo, hackers can unlock doors and start some cars via sms text messaging. Two computer researches have found a way to unlock vehicles [...]
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Car Electronics Responsible For Large Number Of Recalls

In recent decades, cars are becoming increasingly reliant on electronic control of many sub-systems, from ignition and engine control systems to anti-lock brakes and communication/navigation components. While some of these features are selling [...]
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Wall Street Journal Draws Attention to Further Troubles in DePuy Hip Litigation

This month there has been yet more attention brought to the DePuy hip recall. Under the headline,"Hip Joints Set Off New Rush To Court," the Wall Street Journal (7/8, Rockoff, Searcey, Subscription Publication) says attorneys are lining [...]
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West Virginia Judge Understands Tort Reform; Stands Up For Constitutional Rights

Judge Wilson, sitting as a temporary judge on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals filed a dissenting opinion last week demonstrating that he understands tort reform and the judiciaries role in protecting the constitutional rights of not [...]
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Ford News: $2.4 Billion Profit; Defrauded NHTSA And Courts

It’s been a week of good news and bad news for Ford. First the good news. Ford reported $2.4 billion in profit on total revenues of $35.5 billion earned in just the last 3 months. Putting those numbers in perspective, Ford earned a net [...]
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Antidepressants Under Fire as SSRI Linked To Birth Defects

Antidepressants have become a troubling subject when it comes to youngsters and teens. Now, some mothers are unfortunately delivering children with birth defects connected to taking drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) [...]
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Did You Know… One-Quarter Of Car Crashes Involve A Gadget?

Drivers take distracted driving dangers for granted thinking "it can’t happen to me." Chances are you’ve probably done it yourself. Sam Biddle at Gizmodo reports that a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association [...]
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Small Trucking Companies Oppose Black Boxes

I’ve commented repeatedly that most truck drivers are outstanding and safe professionals. However, I’ve also expressed by concern that some drivers can be pushed too hard by trucking companies in order to make a delivery (or even [...]
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Metrolink Train Crash: Diverging Points Of View

I wrote earlier this week about the heart wrenching decisions that were forced upon Judge Peter D. Lichtman due to a railroad industry subsidy / tort reform damage cap that failed to provide even adequate compensation to the hundreds of victims. Andrew [...]
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Study Confirms Seat Back Strength Requirements Need Update

I have written before about the dangers of seat back failures and seat backs that collapse. An auto seat that collapses backward during a crash can have devastating effects. The collapsing seat drops you away from your seat belt, leaving you [...]