Airbag Maker Expands Largest Automotive Recall In U.S. History
Takata is recalling an additional 3.3-million bad air bags as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Notices of the expanded recalls were posted on the agency's website.
The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion that fills air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. The result is hot shrapnel shooting into unsuspecting drivers and passengers.
At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured. The recalls are being phased in over the next three years, with older models and those in states with high humidity getting priority.
Fantasy Football Loser Spends Nearly 24 Hours in Waffle House
A North Carolina man who came in last in his fantasy football league drew attention for his unusual punishment -- spending 24 hours in a Waffle House.
Justin Poliachik of Wilmington settled into his local Waffle House eatery about 7 p.m. Thursday with a sign on his table explaining his presence.
"I lost fantasy football, so I must stay 24 hours in this Waffle House," the sign stated, with a disclaimer at the bottom saying, "minus 20 minutes for each waffle consumed."
Poliachik ended up eating 7 waffles, earning him enough credit to end his eatery vigil after 21 hours and 40 minutes.
He said the punishment was agreed upon early in the season, well before he was declared the loser.
"We were just spitballing ideas for punishments this year because we needed to do something," Poliachik told WECT-TV. "Someone said it and it just stuck. It made the whole season so much more intense."
He said he knew his season was going poorly early on, when the New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. was sidelined with an injury.
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New vehicle unlocks with facial recognition, features video conferencing tech
With the electric/hybrid market heating up in smog-choked China, a new car company is hoping it can make a name for itself with a $45,000 SUV packed with high-tech features.
For example? The doors unlock when the car sees your face.
Facial recognition tech is just one of the features of the concept SUV from Byton, a company started by former BMW engineers. The advanced vehicle was unveiled at the electronics expo E3 in Vegas on Sunday.
According to its website, the sleek SUV also boasts a 49 inch screen across the dashboard, and capability for you to carry on video chats like video conference meetings.
To avoid the obvious built-in distraction, the car will boast a driver assistance system, and the company says it will be upgraded to fully autonomous via a software update by 2020.
What's more, the manufacturer says the vehicle can be 80% charged in just 30 minutes, and will feature voice recognition, Amazon's Alexa on-board, gesture controls, and other space-aged bells and whistles.
Girl Scout Cookies Are Back!
Just when you felt like the best time of the year was behind you, we’re happy to tell you that it’s actually only beginning. And that’s because it’s now officially Girl Scout cookie season, so you can go ahead and give up on that New Year’s diet.
This is the 101st year the Girl Scouts have been selling cookies and to honor that, they’re bringing back the crowd-pleasing S’mores Cookie from last year, along with your old favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas. And sometime between now and April, you’ll see those adorable Girl Scouts selling boxes of them at a booth in your city.
The exact date these highly desired cookies go on sale varies between cities, but you can check girlscouts.org to see when they’ll be available in your area. They also have a cookie sale locator on their site, so you can see exactly where to find Girl Scout cookies on sale near you.
The Best (And Worst) States To Raise A Family
Anyone with kids will tell you that there a lot of things to consider when deciding where you want to raise your family. While a lot of people may stick to the state they grew up in, they may do better moving to another state, and a new report reveals which ones they may want to consider.
WalletHub looked at all 50 states in the U.S., judging them on 42 different factors to determine which are the best states in the country to raise a family. They looked at such key factors as cost of housing, share of families with young children, quality of local schools, and healthcare, as well as if there are opportunities for fun and recreation.
So, what state should you pick up and move to if you want to do the best by your fam? Well, Massachusetts tops the list, with an overall score of 63.37 out of 100, getting high marks for family fun, health and safety and affordability.
Top Ten Best States To Raise A Family In the U.S.
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- New York
On the flipside, New Mexico is considered worst state in the U.S. to raise a kid, with a total score of just 32.68, coming in dead last for education and childcare and second to least for socio-economic rank.
The Ten Worst States To Raise A Family In the U.S.
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Click here to see where your state wound up on the list.