As many as 303 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in recalled GM cars
Set to make its motorsport debut on March 23rd, the safety car has been equipped with an assortment of BMW M Performance Parts. Highlights include a front splitter, a black grille and a titanium exhaust system which is surrounded by carbon fiber exhaust finishers. Other M Performance Parts include carbon mirror caps, aerodynamic side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car also has a new hood and an LED light bar. Interior pictures were not released but BMW says the car has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a carbon gear knob and stainless steel pedals. There’s also Recaro racing seats, Schroth belts and BMW M Performance floor mats. Last but not least, the safety car has a roll bar and a fire extinguisher. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.
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NHRA Youth Racing will focus on racing knowledge and car safety
The NTSB uses information gathered in the investigations of crashes like the one in Seattle to inform new safety recommendations. NTSB acting deputy Dennis Hogenson said Wednesday that investigators are examining pilot, maintenance, and company records. While it could be a full year before the agency is prepared to release a full report, Mr. Hogenson said that a preliminary report could come in several days. At a televised news conference Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told reporters that the incident could have been a much larger tragedy if it had not taken place so early in the morning. The site of the crash was very near several tourist attractions, including the Space Needle, the monorail, and a music museum. Mayor Murray has ordered a review of helipads in the city. He said regulations have not been updated in more than 20 years. “We need to look at it,” Murray said of the regulations. “In consultation with the council, we will decide if we need to adjust our policies.” An online list of public and private airports suggests that Seattle has a dozen such helipads at TV stations, universities, hospitals, and private corporate sites.
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Seattle crash underscores NTSB’s urgent concerns over helicopter safety
He will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, and will be in charge of validating GM cars safety performance and overseeing recalls and other safety-related issues after vehicles are sold. Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors, the company said. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S. Justice Department over why it didnt recall the Cobalts and other vehicles when it first became aware of issues with the cars ignition switches. Boyers appointment is intended to ensure such issues dont avoid detection in the future. He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Boyer began his GM career in 1974, as a co-op student and has held several senior engineering, safety and process leadership positions, including the role of a total vehicle integration engineer.
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BMW M4 Coupe is the 2014 MotoGP Safety Car
NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers, Ditlow wrote to federal safety regulators. GM vigorously challenged Friedmans findings in a statement. As knowledgeable observers know, FARS [fatality analysis reporting systems] tracks raw data. Without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions, the automaker said. Because the raw data relates to all front-seat fatalities in which the air bags didnt deploy, the fatalities cannot be directly linked to the ignition problem. The 303 deaths could also be caused by other issues such as a faulty passenger seat air bag detection system. This is certainly a place from which to start looking at crashes to see what might be directly related to the ignition switch, said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies, an independent, for-profit safety research company. We need further analysis to see how many of these are related directly to an ignition issue. Both the automaker and NHTSA have come under fire by safety experts for dragging their feet in issuing the recalls. Documents submitted by GM show the automaker was aware of the problem on a prototype Saturn Ion in 2001 and on production models in 2004.
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Stainless steel pedals are also used, as are BMW M Performance foot mats. The Recaro racing seat and Schroth belts provide the necessary comfort and safety on track. Safety car essentials include LED lights on the front apron, LED lights on the roof, and striking livery to ensure that it stands out ahead of the pack. BMW is no stranger to this it has been supplying safety cars to MotoGP for awhile now, and past models include the M6 Gran Coupe , 1 Series M Coupe and X6 M . See more of the civilian M4, along with its M3 sedan sister, here . Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details. merc is better la than this junk.. Like or Dislike: All uncles would agree with you. Like or Dislike: All the BMW fanboys would disagree with you AMG C63 fans rejoice!!!
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GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
In fact, to help meet the demand for teenagers wanting to drive fast, the NHRA today announced a new racing program for 13-16-year-olds that combines racing and car safety. NHRA Youth Racing will give teenage boys and girls the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles with an adult co-driver as their teammate. Competitors will go through an orientation/licensing procedure on an eighth-mile dragstrip in their vehicles, which must meet program requirements. Approved vehicles must be registered, insured, street-legal vehicles with mufflers and street tires and limited to 10 seconds and slower. This is an inexpensive program but, best of all, its a way for families to use drag racing as a learning tool and a conduit for family bonding, said Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration. All of NHRAs member tracks are eligible to conduct NHRA Youth Racing activities at their tracks. Those interested in competing should contact a member track by using the Member Track Locator at NHRA.com. Program rules can be found at NHRARacer.com . NHRA Youth Racing is the latest program in NHRAs youth racing segment that also includes the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA and the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
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