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NHTSA wants ignition interlocks installed for all DWI offenders
According to Detroit News, NHTSA wants every state to implement laws that would require even first-time drunk drivers to install ignition interlocks on their vehicles. Interlocks typically include some form of mechanism that analyzes a driver’s breath before they can start their vehicle. If the analysis reveals that the driver is over a pre-set alcohol limit, the car won’t start. Various safeguards exist to prevent passengers from breathing into the device, including random re-tests.
Currently, all states have some kind of interlock requirement on the books. Only territories like Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have no interlock laws at all. Whether all states will require all DWI offenders to install ignition interlock systems, remains to be seen. 2014 will be a telling year on this front. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Jeep recall still not fixed
Jeep still has not started a recall issued last June to fix a potential fire hazard in 1.56 million SUVs. After a short battle with the NHTSA, Chrysler agreed to fix 1.56 million vehicles that could be prone to catch fire if involved in a rear-end collision. That settlement came seven months ago, but Chrysler has yet to fix a single Jeep as part of the campaign.
Chrysler told USA Today that it “has finalized replacement-part design and is initiating the tooling process to deliver the required volume.” However, the automaker failed to give a specific date for when the parts might be available. The fix for the Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee models involved is essentially attaching a factory-offered trailer hitch. The NHTSA declined to comment if it planned to take further action against Chrysler.
BMW to introduce laser headlights on i8
BMW’s plug-in hybrid i8 sports car will be the world’s first production car to use laser headlights. Laser lights allow more intricate designs than ever before, and lasers units can be made incredibly small, allowing greater freedom with space under the hood. Another part is efficiency, particularly important in a car using an electric drivetrain.