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What you missed on 7.23.14

What you missed on 7.23.14

Filed under: Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Crossover, Nissan Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents? It's true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding the [more]
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Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds

Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Infotainment "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" - Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies ha [more]
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GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars

GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC General Motors has announced yet another sprawling recall campaign, with six separate elements covering 717,950 vehicles on US roads. At this point in 2014, it's starting to seem like there are more days with a GM recall than without [more]
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Odds of dying in a traffic accident depend on which state you reside in

Odds of dying in a traffic accident depend on which state you reside in

Filed under: Safety Motorists in Massachusetts and Washington DC can breathe easier on their afternoon commutes today. Their chances of dying in a traffic accident are the lowest in the nation. Drivers in West Virginia, South Carolina and North Dakota, on the other hand, may want to be especially v [more]
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An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license

An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license

Filed under: Etc., Safety My son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's license. My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven year [more]
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Cadillac issues stop-sale on recalled CTS, SRX

Cadillac issues stop-sale on recalled CTS, SRX

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Wagon, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Cadillac, GM, Luxury General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on the Cadillac CTS and SRX, both of which were recalled late last month. Why the stop-sale after all this time? Well, um, GM apparently doesn't know how to fix them. The [more]
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Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother

Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Videos, Hatchback, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Luxury Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For [more]
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Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Videos, Hyundai Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing. The redesigned Sonata's new look belied an improved crash test in [more]
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Auto industry continues to grapple with challenges of cyber threats

Auto industry continues to grapple with challenges of cyber threats

Filed under: Safety, Technology A car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an engine. A telephone is not a telephone. It's a computer that makes phone calls. A refrigerator is not a refrigerator. It's a computer that keeps food cold. And a car is no longer a car. It's a computer [more]
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Kia recalls over 50k new Soul compacts over steering issue

Kia recalls over 50k new Soul compacts over steering issue

Filed under: Budget, Wagon, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, Kia Kia is recalling certain 2014 models of its adorable Soul due to a bad adhesive used in the steering system. According to the bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the "thread-locking adhesive" that attaches the [more]
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Tesla Model S successfully hacked by Zhejiang University team

Tesla Model S successfully hacked by Zhejiang University team

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Technology, Tesla, Electric The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw, [more]
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Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill

Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM At times, the proceedings took a more conciliatory tone than previous hearings. General Motors executives were back on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another round of testimony before a Congressional subcommittee investigating the company's delays in addr [more]
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Chrysler accelerates Jeep recall repairs from 2018 to March

Chrysler accelerates Jeep recall repairs from 2018 to March

Filed under: SUV, Recalls, Safety, Jeep You may remember that Jeep's unusual fix for this recall involves fitting a trailer hitch. The recall of about 1.5 million models of the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and 1993-1998 Grand Cherokee over fuel tanks may finish far sooner than originally estimated. I [more]
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FBI fears autonomous cars will make great weapons

FBI fears autonomous cars will make great weapons

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology Let's face it, autonomous cars aren't coming; they're already here. From Google's continual testing to promises from Nissan and Mercedes-Benz that the tech is on the way, the only direction that driverless vehicles are moving is forward. Although, w [more]
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BMW recalling all 2000-06 3 Series models over airbags in US, 1.6M globally

BMW recalling all 2000-06 3 Series models over airbags in US, 1.6M globally

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Recalls, Safety, BMW, Luxury We just can't seem to get away from recalls involving the faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. There are already millions of vehicles in need of repair as a result of these ever-expanding campaigns, and BMW is adding anothe [more]
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Obama touts car-to-car communications, pushes for highway funding

Obama touts car-to-car communications, pushes for highway funding

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Celebrities Transportation was on President Obama's mind as he toured the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA Tuesday. In a brief, 14-minute speech, the president touched on both car-to-car communications and safety technology, as well as the [more]
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Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?

Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Diesel A cursory Internet search reveals that both kinds of 'smoke' have some pretty scary ingredients. With social, political and ecological concerns all wrapped up into one made-for-the-Internet phenomenon, there's no question that "rolling coal" has taken over the [more]
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Fukushima radiation still showing up in some Japanese cars

Fukushima radiation still showing up in some Japanese cars

Filed under: Car Buying, Japan, Safety In the wake of the 2011 tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there was a fear that radioactive cars and trucks could be bound for export. Within days of the tragedy, Nissan was already testing its vehicles' radi [more]
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Kids group wants White House to address hot-car deaths

Kids group wants White House to address hot-car deaths

Filed under: Safety Cars come equipped with alarms that remind motorists to buckle their seatbelts, chimes that indicate headlights are still on after the engine is turned off and buzzers that sound if keys are left in the ignition, says Janette Fennell. Forget a sleeping child in the rear seats, h [more]
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2015 Hyundai Sonata already recalled for bad wiring harnesses

2015 Hyundai Sonata already recalled for bad wiring harnesses

Filed under: Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Hyundai It's barely arrived in dealerships, and already, Hyundai is recalling its 2015 Sonata. A total of 2,138 vehicles are facing issues with a wiring harness that could limit the amount of power steering help and in some cases, making it difficult to shift ou [more]
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