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Swedish car mag says Ford Mondeo is dangerously, illegally overweight [w/video]

Swedish car mag says Ford Mondeo is dangerously, illegally overweight [w/video]

Filed under: Wagon, Europe, Safety, Videos, Ford Sweden's Teknikens Värld has a reputation for being very persnickety when it comes to auto safety testing, and its latest catch is the Mondeo Titanium Estate 2.0 TDCi 150 bhp S6 MPS (basically a station wagon variant of the Fusion). In addition [more]
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Cadillac CT6 will get high-res streaming video rearview mirror

Cadillac CT6 will get high-res streaming video rearview mirror

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Technology, Cadillac, Luxury Cadillac is preparing a big upgrade to the humble rearview mirror, adding a streaming video function that it claims will improve a driver's field of vision by 300 percent. The new system will debut on the 2016 CT6 flagship. The streaming sys [more]
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GM ignition switch recall fund reaches 100 approved claims for deaths, injuries

GM ignition switch recall fund reaches 100 approved claims for deaths, injuries

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM The General Motors ignition-switch compensation fund has the macabre task of determining whether to pay settlements to those who claim to be hurt by the automaker's faulty parts. The group, led by star attorney Kenneth Feinberg, has been accepting claims si [more]
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Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

Filed under: Performance, Recalls, Safety, Ford​ Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request o [more]
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Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die

Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die

Filed under: Budget, Etc., Safety, Hatchback, Mazda It's an over-played trope that senior citizens are bad with technology. Its regular use as a comedic device, though, overshadows a more dire circumstance that comes when elderly citizens are paired with gizmos and gadgets they don't fully understa [more]
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11-year-old Arkansas girl pays cabbie $1,300 to drive her to Florida boy

11-year-old Arkansas girl pays cabbie $1,300 to drive her to Florida boy

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Police/Emergency An 11-year-old girl from Arkansas is back at home after stealing $1,300 from her grandmother and taking a long-distance cab ride to meet a boy in Florida. Catching her wasn't too difficult, though. After her parents reported the girl mis [more]
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South Dakota yanks double-entendre 'Don't Jerk and Drive' campaign [w/video]

South Dakota yanks double-entendre 'Don't Jerk and Drive' campaign [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, VideosThe South Dakota Office of Highway Safety just can't take its own suggestive joke. The government organization recently started a public service campaign with the far too easily mocked name Don't Jerk and Drive. It was supposed to educate drivers on how t [more]
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Uber enabled surge pricing in downtown Sydney during hostage crisis [UPDATE]

Uber enabled surge pricing in downtown Sydney during hostage crisis [UPDATE]

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Technology, Australia, Smartphone UPDATE: Uber spokesperson Katie Curran sent a statement about the company's response. It can be read below. Ridesharing service Uber is facing some controversy in Australia after implementing its so-called 'surge pricing' during the just [more]
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10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that's unsurprising, since it's the automakers, not Takata, that [more]
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Takata airbag recall claims 209k Chrysler, Dodge vehicles

Takata airbag recall claims 209k Chrysler, Dodge vehicles

Filed under: Sedan, Truck, Wagon, Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge Chrysler is expanding the scope of its front passenger side Takata airbag inflator recall yet again to include 139,115 additional vehicles for a total of 208,783 units now needing these parts replaced. The latest campaign affects t [more]
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Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k

Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Mazda Earlier this week a Reuters report indicated that Mazda was considering a nationwide expansion of its recall for vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. The company has now confirmed said expansion, with the vehicle count jumping from 86,770 [more]
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eCall emergency call system to be mandatory in EU cars by 2018?

eCall emergency call system to be mandatory in EU cars by 2018?

Filed under: Europe, Safety, UK, Technology It's been in the works for more than seven years, but a deal between the European Parliament and the European Council has agreed upon mandatory implementation of eCall on all cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Europe by March 1, 2018. It works lik [more]
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BMW i8 recalled over possible fuel leak

BMW i8 recalled over possible fuel leak

Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Recalls, Safety, BMW, Luxury Some 223 examples of the 2014 BMW i8, built between May 16, 2014 and September 16, 2014, are being recalled over a potential fuel leak. A bolt used to secure a ground cable from the chassis structure to the fuel tank could have b [more]
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Streetpong is the cure for pedestrian boredom

Streetpong is the cure for pedestrian boredom

Filed under: Europe, Safety, Toys/Games, Design/Style, Technology, Videos A group of Germans have come up with an ingenious way to prevent jaywalking and entertain pedestrians at the same time. It's called Streetpong, and the idea is already at work in the real world at one lone intersection. Stre [more]
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Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears

Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears

Filed under: Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Acura, Luxury A bad indicator that could convince customers that affected cars are in park, even when they aren't, has pushed Acura to issue a stop-sale for the V6-equipped TLX sedan. The company has already alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra [more]
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Mazda considers expanding Takata recall nationwide

Mazda considers expanding Takata recall nationwide

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Mazda Vehicle recalls have come in force recently. Honda expanded its front driver's side Takata airbag inflator recall nationwide to cover an estimated 5.4-million vehicles, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added 19 notices to its database coveri [more]
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Nissan, Infiniti recall more than 130,000 vehicles for potential fuel leak

Nissan, Infiniti recall more than 130,000 vehicles for potential fuel leak

Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Infiniti, Nissan, Luxury Nissan and its luxury brand, Infiniti, are set to recall 133,592 vehicles after discovering that fuel could leak out around the pressure sensor, potentially increasing the chances of a fire. While Nissan lists five namep [more]
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Honda expands Takata airbag recall to 5.4M units in the US

Honda expands Takata airbag recall to 5.4M units in the US

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Acura, Honda While Honda already announced plans to take its front driver's side Takata airbag inflator recall nationwide, the automaker has now officially reported on the number of affected vehicles and the specific models in need of repair. The expanded campaign cove [more]
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Oil trains create 'virtual' pipeline with sometimes undisclosed routes [w/video]

Oil trains create 'virtual' pipeline with sometimes undisclosed routes [w/video]

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Autoblog Black The Wall Street Journal has a story on issues surrounding the "virtual pipeline," and it's hard to know where to begin sorting out what's what. The easy part is defining our terms: a virtual pipeline is the mile-long, or longer, hookup of [more]
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Scary downtown LA fire closes two freeways [w/videos]

Scary downtown LA fire closes two freeways [w/videos]

Filed under: Safety, Police/Emergency, Videos A massive blaze in Los Angeles of an under-construction apartment complex shut down two of the city's major freeways early Monday morning. First reported around 1:20 AM PST, over 250 firefighters arrived at the scene to fight the conflagration. One comp [more]
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