2019 Honda Hr-v Earns Iihs Top Safety Pick

2019 Honda HR-V earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The changes Honda made when it refreshed its HR-V for 2019 have earned the small crossover a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with optional LED headlights and front crash avoidance technology.

Honda made some structural changes to its Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle that IIHS says help to better protect occupants in small overlap and moderate overlap front crashes, which replicate a vehicle clipping a stationary object on its front corners. Previous models earned an acceptable rating for the driver-side small overlap front crash test, and weren't tested for passenger-side small overlap. IIHS gave the 2019 model good ratings, the highest possible, in all six crashworthiness tests.

Utility May Introduce Ai For Safety Of Reactors

Utility may introduce AI for safety of reactors

A Japanese electric power company is considering introducing artificial intelligence to detect signs of problems at nuclear reactors.

The AI-based system is expected to be a solution for the shortage of experienced operators -- a major challenge for nuclear power plants across Japan.

Failed Safety Checks Blamed For Gsdf Misfiring

Failed safety checks blamed for GSDF misfiring

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force says the misfiring of a mortar shell during training last month was due to failed safety checks. Nineteen personnel are being penalized for the incident.

The shell landed near a national highway near the GSDF training ground in Shiga Prefecture in western Japan. No one was injured but a vehicle was damaged by debris.

Escalator Safety Campaign Starts At Tokyo Station

Escalator safety campaign starts at Tokyo Station

A campaign to promote the safe use of escalators has begun at Tokyo Station ahead of the year-end and New Year's travel season.

The Tokyo branch of East Japan Railway, or JR East, launched the campaign at one of the capital's busiest transport hubs on Monday.

Japan, Us To Discuss Helicopter Safety

Japan, US to discuss helicopter safety

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and the commander of the US forces in Japan, Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez, have agreed to speed up talks on safety inspections of US helicopters.

Iwaya met Martinez on Thursday at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. It was their first meeting since Iwaya's appointment in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

Safety Violations Plague Aviation Firms

Safety violations plague aviation firms

Incidents involving airline safety have been occurring in Japan in recent years despite government oversight. Every year for the past 5 years, the transport ministry has slapped flight operators with business improvement orders, issuing them to a total of 6 companies.

One of the orders was issued in July to Nippon Cargo Airlines. The company was operating without performing mandatory maintenance, and had been forging maintenance records. Transportation officials said the violations were serious and could have resulted in accidents.