Bill Enacted To Add 6 Seats To Upper House

Bill enacted to add 6 seats to Upper House

Japan's Diet has enacted legislation to reform the electoral system, including the addition of six seats to the 242-seat Upper House.

The legislation cleared the Lower House with majority support from the governing Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito.

2018 Mazda Mx-5 Miata Finally Has A Great Pair Of Seats

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata finally has a great pair of seats

We all know the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a truly wonderful car. It takes everything delightful about cars and driving and distills it into a compact and lightweight package. It's a car anyone can enjoy. My wife, who until recently has shown no real interest in sports cars beyond their design, wants one. I want one, too, but I couldn't get past the Miata's terrible seats. For 2018, there's finally an alternative.

The 2018 Miata got a number of minor updates. Most people I know were fawning over the new cherry-red top, but I was far more interested in the leather-wrapped Recaro seats. These are now included in the $3,770 Brembo/BBS package. Previously, that package just added a set of two-piston Brembo front brakes and black BBS wheels. Having put thousands and thousands of miles on various NDs, I didn't think it was really a worthwhile option unless you were planning to track the car regularly. These seats have changed my tune.

Japanese App Helps Pregnant Women Find Seats On The Train

Japanese App Helps Pregnant Women Find Seats On The Train

In many countries, you can find signs on buses and trains that lets commuters know that should they encounter someone elderly, or a parent with a young child, or someone who's handicapped, or a pregnant woman, that they should offer them a seat. Over in Japan, however, it seems that they have decided to go about this in a more hi-tech manner using an app.

Working together, Tokyo Metro and chat app LINE have announced a new feature that is meant to help pregnant women find seats on trains. The app will now feature a button called "I wish to sit" in its app, where tapping on it will attempt to locate a LINE user in close proximity who has pre-registered themselves to give up their seat should they be alerted to do so.

Toyota Unveils Lexus Rx Suv With 3 Rows Of Seats

Toyota Unveils Lexus RX SUV With 3 Rows of Seats

Toyota Motor Corp unveiled an SUV with three rows of seats in the Lexus brand of luxury cars at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which was open to the public from Dec 1 to 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif, the US.

The SUV, "RX350L," was developed by increasing the number of seats of Toyota's SUV from two to three to respond to the needs for SUVs having three rows of seats.

900k Honda Odyssey Minivans Recalled For Faulty Second Row Seats

900K Honda Odyssey Minivans Recalled for Faulty Second Row Seats

Around 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled due to faulty second-row seats.

According to Honda, the second-row seats in certain 2011 to 2017 model year Odysseys may not be properly fastened and could tip forward. The problem has been linked to 46 reports of minor injuries, the Japanese automaker said. Around 800,000 of the vans are in the United States, with an undisclosed amount in Canada and Mexico. Around 2,000 of the vans are located outside of North America.

Toyota Patents Device To Catch Items Falling Between Seats

Toyota Patents Device To Catch Items Falling Between Seats

Automakers are always patenting interesting ideas their engineers may dream up and this latest creation from Toyota could be the long-awaited solution to a problem that affects pretty much every motorist.

The gap between the driver’s seat and center console is nearly impossible to reach down, especially for someone with big hands, yet seems to always be the place where miscellaneous items fall into and are difficult to retrieve, whether that be a smartphone, coins or pretty much anything else you may keep in your pockets.

First-of-its-kind Rear Door Alert Technology From Nissan Can Help Remind Drivers To Check Their Rear Seats

First-of-its-kind Rear Door Alert technology from Nissan can help remind drivers to check their rear seatsNASHVILLE, Tenn. – With summer heat on the rise, potential issues posed by interior car temperatures are even more real, but Nissan hopes its new Rear Door Alert (RDA)1 may help reduce concerns.


Elsa Foley, an industrial engineer and mother of two young children, and Marlene Mendoza, a mechanical engineer and mother of three, decided to work on an idea to help remind drivers to check their back seats before walking away.

Honda Civic Hatch, Why No Magic Seats?

Honda Civic hatch, why no Magic Seats?

The all-new Honda Civic hatch may be one of the most practical cars in its segment, but it lacks a crucial item that used to be standard: Magic Seats.

The Honda Magic Seats system in the previous-generation Civic hatch would allow the seat bases to be folded up to allow a large storage area, and the seat backs could also be folded down flat for extra convenience. To see just how clever they are, check out our video on the ninth-gen Civic hatch.

New Cloth Makes It Easier To Manufacture Auto Seats

New Cloth Makes It Easier to Manufacture Auto SeatsToray Industries Inc developed a new cloth that can be used for the pads and seat covers of cars.
Compared with commonly-used seats covered by urethan, the cloth enables to make seats more easily. In addition, an elasticity as high as that of urethan can be realized with a thin cloth, reducing seat thickness. As a result, the space between the front and rear seats can be expanded, for example.

Subaru Study Says Commonly Available Pet Travel Seats Do Not Provide Effective Crash Protection

Subaru Study Says Commonly Available Pet Travel Seats Do Not Provide Effective Crash ProtectionSubaru of America, Inc. today announced the completion of a Pet Travel Seat Pilot Study as part of its continued partnership with Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization. Subaru and CPS have tested pet products most commonly used by pet parents when traveling. Phase one tested pet harnesses, phase two tested pet crates and carriers, and now, phase three has tested pet travel seats.