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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015, file photo, a man repairs one of the two tires that he said blew up suddenly while driving on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles. Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people died in 2017 from tire-related crashes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Edmunds: Why having old tires on your car is a risk

Mar. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people...

FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 that partially automated driving systems like Tesla's Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. (KTVU-TV via AP, File)

NTSB: Tesla Autopilot, distracted driver caused fatal crash

Feb. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tesla’s partially automated driving system steered an electric SUV into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway because it was operating under conditions it couldn't handle and because the driver likely was distracted by playing a game on his smartphone, the National...

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday's running of the race was postponed by rain. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Ryan Newman Daytona 500 crash shows racing never truly safe

Feb. 18, 2020 6:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt's death on the final lap of the Daytona 500 may have saved Ryan Newman's life. Earnhardt died 19 years ago Tuesday, the same day Roush Fenway Racing said Newman was awake and talking to doctors and family following his own harrowing accident on the last lap of the...

Highway safety project planned for U.S. 60 in east Kentucky

Feb. 14, 2020 5:03 AM EST

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A highway safety project is planned to upgrade a section of U.S. Highway 60 in eastern Kentucky, transportation officials said. The project along six miles of the highway around the Rowan and Bath county line will realign a sharp curve and replace the Kentucky Highway 801...

IndyCar driver Will Power prepares to drive in IndyCar Series Open Testing, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Drivers have mostly praised the new aeroscreen design, a safety innovation for driver protection in the cockpit. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

IndyCar drivers like safety, still learning new aeroscreens

Feb. 12, 2020 5:01 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — IndyCar was supposed to have two full days of preseason testing this week for drivers and teams to get all the data, feel and confidence they could with the new aeroscreens installed on the cars for the upcoming season. What they got instead was mostly two days of cold, wet frustration...

Officials: Highway traffic fatalities increase in 2019

Feb. 11, 2020 4:10 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Highway traffic fatalities in Kentucky increased by 10 last year, according to a preliminary count. According to initial data, there were 734 fatalities in 2019, compared to 724 in 2018, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety said in a statement on...