With any new thing, there is usually a bathtub curve of corrective maintenenance. The initial design is also much the same way.
It happened with some frightening engine problems in the A380 Super Jumbo jet. Such discoveries are to be expected. If flying scares you, then adjust your expectations accordingly. Just remember that even a very well designed, time tested aircraft can still be destroyed by a brief moment of inattention by the pilot, as evidenced by the unfortunate 777 crash at San Francisco airport recently.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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