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President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday conceded for the first time that Russia had carried out cyberattacks against the two major political parties during the presidential election, but he angrily rejected unsubstantiated reports that Moscow had gathered compromising personal and financial information about him that could be used for extortion.
In a chaotic news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan nine days before he is to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Mr. Trump compared United States intelligence officials to Nazis, sidestepped repeated questions about whether he or anyone in his presidential campaign had had contact with Russia during the campaign, and lashed out at the news media and political opponents, arguing that they were out to get him.
“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Mr. Trump said, his first comments accepting the conclusions of United States intelligence officials that Moscow had interfered in the election to help him win. But the president-elect expressed little outrage about that breach and seemed to cast doubt on Russia’s role moments after acknowledging it, asserting that “it could have been others also.”
Full story: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/trumps-press-conference-highlights-russia.html
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Federal safety regulators, growing increasingly frantic, warned Wednesday that at least 7.78 million vehicles were equipped with dangerous Takata air bags which are blamed for killing two people. Federal prosecutors reportedly launched an inquiry into the company’s actions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified owners “with urgency” to get their previously recalled cars, which include vehicles from 10 makers, fixed at once as a matter “essential to personal safety.”
It’s not a new recall, but a plea for people with recalled cars to get them fixed now, as the air bags are an immediate threat to front-seat passengers safety.
Toyota and General Motors are taking the added step of sending overnight letters to owners of recalled models warning them not to let passengers sit in the front seats.
The new warning, as well as the underlying recalls dating to 2008, applies mainly to cars sold or ever registered in areas with high humidity, such as Florida and Puerto Rico. However, Consumers Union, advocacy unit of Consumer Reports, said Wednesday that it believes “the dangers could be far broader” than just humid locations. It said data show 100 injuries.
At least two deaths are blamed on the defect, reported years ago by Honda. Two more are suspected but not confirmed. Consumers Union says it believes all four deaths are linked.
The Takata bags involved mostly are on older vehicles, some of which have been on the road since 2000. When the defective bags inflate in a crash they can tear loose from their brackets, blowing pieces of their housings—shrapnel, in effect—at the faces and chests of occupants. The propellant for the bags was improperly handled during manufacture, and the danger is amplified by humidity.
The Takata bag defect has caused recalls of some 16 million vehicles worldwide.
NHTSA said it has an ongoing investigation into the bags.
Federal prosecutors also are looking into whether Takata was misleading about safety, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” USA TODAY could not independently confirm that.
Owners have been lax about the repairs. GM, for example, says that only about 10% of affected vehicles have been brought in.
It’s good to see Takata’s defective air bag issue finally getting the attention it deserves with so many vehicles being recalled. It will take years to address the danger, and there will be far too many consumers that ignore the recall.
Harry tells you which vehicles from the various auto manufactures are affected. If your present vehicle was mentioned it is of urgent importance that you stop driving the vehicle and cal your selling dealer and have them pick the vehicle up for the fix.
Demand a loaner car.
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