Honda's redesigned 2018 Odyssey minivan picked up a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Odyssey joins the Chrysler Pacifica as the only minivans to receive the IIHS's coveted award.
Honda won the Top Safety Pick+ designation via the addition of its Sensing braking system and improved LED headlights to the 2018 model, its fifth generation. The Odyssey won "good" ratings across the five crashworthiness tests, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front and side impact. It also won a superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable rating for the LED reflector headlights that feature on Elite and Touring trim lines, which automatically switch between high and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.
Japanese website Car Watch has posted extensive video demonstrations of the new Lexus LS Safety System + A, and the tech here is very impressive.
Lexus CoDrive adds Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to assist steering the driver on highways. It coordinates with the LS’s HUD and multi-information display to clearly notify the driver of the state of support provided.
Toyota Motor Corp. will release the first fully remodeled Lexus LS in 11 years, featuring what the automaker describes as "world first" safety technologies.
The new luxury sedan, the high-end model of Toyota's Lexus vehicles, was shown for the first time in Japan on June 26 and is expected to be marketed this autumn. The price has not been determined.
Convoys of go-karts evoking the hit Nintendo Co. Mario Kart series have become a head-turning sight among Tokyo's traffic, but the rental companies behind the vehicles, with a customer base comprised mostly of foreign tourists, face growing scrutiny over safety concerns.
Rental operators let customers drive often-crowded public roads in the low-slung vehicles while dressed as characters including those from the popular racing video games from the Mario franchise.
Four Lexus models — the Lexus RC, Lexus ES 350, Lexus NX, and Lexus RX — have all been selected as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the most of any luxury manufacturer.
To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five IIHS crashworthiness tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints—as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
As the facts surrounding the June 6 incident where five workers were exposed to radioactive materials following an accident at a nuclear research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture continue to emerge, it has become clear that the facility's stance concerning safety management has been simply too soft -- especially considering that it handles materials used for nuclear fuel.
The accident in question happened at around 11:15 a.m. on June 6 at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)'s Oarai Research & Development Center in the coastal town of Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture. Uranium oxide and plutonium oxide powder that had been stored in double-wrapped plastic bags inside a sealed stainless steel container were accidentally released across the research laboratory after the bags suddenly burst, thereby exposing all five workers nearby to the radioactive compounds. Prior to the leak, one of the workers -- a man in his 50s -- was opening the container for inspection.
Tokyo police requested Monday companies hosting go-kart city tours on public roads improve safety measures due to the increasing popularity of the attraction among foreign tourists.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving.