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Electric Fail-Safe Issue: Honda Accord Recalls Over 6,700 Hybrid Vehicles In United States

By Amy Jones / September 10, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an electrical flaw may cause the Honda Accord Hybrid (2014-2015 models) to switch to fail-safe electric vehicle mode. In this electric vehicle mode the vehicle “may” travel for about 2 miles at 40 mph, at which point the hybrid battery will discharge and the vehicle will stall.…

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10 Things Product Manufacturers Should Know To Prepare For Wireless Device Certification

By Amy Jones / September 7, 2015

As a product developer pursuing wireless device certification/s, negotiating global wireless standards and regulatory guidelines can be a daunting task. It is almost critical that experienced personal and resources are leveraged to engage a successful product certification strategy. HCT America would like to share some useful information on wireless device certification: It’s astounding how quickly…

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Cell Phones Cause Electromagnetic Interference With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

By Amy Jones / September 6, 2015

A study was performed to test the electromagnetic interference of cell phones with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. Close to 4 million ICD’s have been implanted in the United States, and well over 3.25 million cell phones are in use in the U.S. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators are life-saving medical devices implanted in patients who are at risk…

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Connecting Automobiles via Wi-Fi and Cellular Radio Frequencies Provides Endless Benefits

By Amy Jones / September 5, 2015

The benefits of cars with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity reach beyond function and convenience as the consumer demand facilitates automakers to provide a vehicle with technology that keeps on rolling. With more connectivity in vehicles comes an increasing need for the networks to support these demands. Smartphones have extended the massive technological advances in recent…

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Point Roberts Washington Continues Their Fight Against AM Radio Broadcast Towers

By Amy Jones / September 4, 2015

A plan from BBC Broadcasting Inc. to build five 150 ft. AM radio towers in Point Roberts, Washington have encountered more opposition than intended and have now turned into a major legal battle in U.S. courts. With the proposed five 150 foot towers the potential health impacts, blanketing interference, and impacts on the environment and…

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June 13, 2016: EU Directive 2014/53/EU Covering Radio & Telecom Equipment Takes Effect

By Amy Jones / September 3, 2015

Directive 2014/53/EU covers radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE). Including active implantable medical devices and some medical devices. Other examples of devices that fall into this new directive are mobile communications equipment such as cellular telephones, citizens band (CB) radio, broadcast transmitters, car door openers, and maritime radars. The Commission of the European Union…

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Computers Physically Isolated From Public Network’s Can Still Be Hacked By Cell Phones

By Amy Jones / September 1, 2015

Air-gapped computers are isolated from public networks, physically and technically, to prevent hacking over the internet, but if the computers are not enclosed in Faraday Rooms to block RF emissions, they may not be safe enough. Basic Security measures such as restricting the use of cell phones, limiting cell phone capabilities like cameras, video, and…

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Industry Canada Releases 2 New Online Forms To Provide Efficient Information Exchange

By Amy Jones / August 31, 2015

I.C. would like to encourage the use of these web forms to not only facilitate organization but to help Industry Canada prioritize industry updates to standards and procedures, and inventory industry concerns. Industry Canada releases two new web forms for Test Labs / Certification Bodies, Representatives, Manufacturers, users & others to seek changes to regulatory…

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Safety Commission Reports Ikea Recalls Children’s Nightlight For Electrical Shock Hazard

By Amy Jones / August 22, 2015

About 442,000 nightlights intended for children were recalled by Swedish retailer Ikea. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that Ikea would be taking all of their Patrull nightlights off the market to prevent further injuries. A child attempting to remove a nightlight out of an electrical outlet got an electrical shock and suffered a minor…

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