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NHTSA closes book on Ford, GM probes of 600,000 vehicles

NHTSA closes book on Ford, GM probes of 600,000 vehicles

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Safety, Chevrolet, Ford US safety regulators have closed a pair of investigations into some 500,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Marauder sedans built between 2004 to 2007, and 100,000 Chevrolet Impala models from 2014. The Ford investigation [more]
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Innovative dad creates dangerously impressive motocross swing

Innovative dad creates dangerously impressive motocross swing

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Videos, Motorcycle You can make a swing out of just about anything: chain, rope, a plank of wood, even an old tire. But what if that tire is still attached to a motorized vehicle? That's the question one enthusiastic father set out to answer when he hooked up a dirtbike [more]
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Honda underreported 1,729 claims of injuries or deaths since 2003

Honda underreported 1,729 claims of injuries or deaths since 2003

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Honda Among these underreported cases were eight Takata airbag inflator ruptures not submitted. Following an independent audit of its safety reporting procedures, Honda has found massive holes in its methodology and practices that resulted in 1,729 claims [more]
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Woman's criminal record cleared in crash caused by GM's ignition defect

Woman's criminal record cleared in crash caused by GM's ignition defect

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM A woman in Texas is celebrating a cleared criminal record after being exonerated in a fatal crash now linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches. Candice Anderson was driving a Saturn Ion in 2004 when she struck a tree. The incident injured her and [more]
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Parts shortage could mean airbag inflator replacement takes two years

Parts shortage could mean airbag inflator replacement takes two years

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety Drivers in the US might be stuck with quite a wait to get their vehicles repaired under the Takata airbag inflator recall. As things stand now, the Japanese supplier could need as long as two years to produce enough replacement parts to service every a [more]
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Will states start to prevent you from registering cars that have pending recalls?

Will states start to prevent you from registering cars that have pending recalls?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Honda, Ownership The impact of 2014 - henceforth known as Year of the Recalls - will have long-ranging consequences on the auto industry. One of the biggest changes, though, might not be in the way manufacturers inform the government of pending recall [more]
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Feds chastise Marchionne over Jeep recall, only 13% repaired so far

Feds chastise Marchionne over Jeep recall, only 13% repaired so far

Filed under: SUV, Safety, Jeep Following the significant outcry surrounding the General Motors and Takata airbag safety crises this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be taking a much more aggressive role in pushing owners to repair their recalled vehicles. In the age [more]
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Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn 'dire' crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]

Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn 'dire' crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Safety, Videos, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Toyota First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers' existence. It's a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just [more]
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Ford, GM still doing new business with Takata amidst airbag crisis

Ford, GM still doing new business with Takata amidst airbag crisis

Filed under: Safety, BMW, Ford, GM, Earnings/Financials, Technology Lengthy vehicle development times make it difficult for automakers to cut and run from the supplier. You might expect automakers to be fleeing any connection with beleaguered supplier Takata in the wake of the company's explodi [more]
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Arizona suing GM for $3 billion over recalls

Arizona suing GM for $3 billion over recalls

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM General Motors is facing even more legal trouble after recalling roughly 26.6 million vehicles in the US this year. The latest case comes from the Arizona Attorney General and alleges that GM executives knew about the problems with its models but avoided di [more]
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Chinese manufacturer disavows tires after poor Consumer Reports test [w/video]

Chinese manufacturer disavows tires after poor Consumer Reports test [w/video]

Filed under: SUV, Truck, China, Safety, Videos To most consumers, tires all tend to look alike and be fairly easy to ignore. You slap them on your vehicle, check the pressures (somewhat) regularly and drive for thousands of miles. They're arguably the most important part of your car, however, and t [more]
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Subaru EyeSight: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist

Subaru EyeSight: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist

Filed under: Safety, Subaru, Technology Peering out of the top of the windshield of a growing number of Subaru models, looking like a pair of cyborg eyes on either side of the car's rearview mirror, are twin cameras that make up the visible portion of Subaru's high-tech EyeSight system. For 2015, t [more]
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Obama nominates Mark Rosekind for next NHTSA administrator

Obama nominates Mark Rosekind for next NHTSA administrator

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety Amid two of the greatest safety crises in automotive history, the federal agency charged with protecting American motorists may finally have a new leader. The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind to become the next a [more]
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NHTSA demands national recall of Takata airbags

NHTSA demands national recall of Takata airbags

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety The justification behind limiting the Takata airbag recall only to certain high humidity areas in the US always seemed somewhat dubious. The US Department of Transportation apparently agrees because in a detailed statement posted on the website for the [more]
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Honda is replacing airbags nationwide, not just in humid states

Honda is replacing airbags nationwide, not just in humid states

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Honda With a Senate hearing scheduled for November 20, the investigations into the exploding airbag inflators from automotive supplier Takata are just beginning. Honda is among the automakers most affected by the problem with over five million vehicles potentially in n [more]
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Texas Armoring chief literally stands behind his product

Texas Armoring chief literally stands behind his product

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Technology, Videos, Mercedes-Benz, Autoblog Black There are ways to test armor plating. You test the components under laboratory conditions, install them on a vehicle, test them some more, maybe put in some dummies to make sure occupants would be safe from harm under real [more]
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Public opinion swings hard against traffic cameras

Public opinion swings hard against traffic cameras

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety On election night, Jason Sonenshein merely hoped an anti-traffic camera ballot initiative for which he had campaigned would squeak out a win. He was nervous. In the days leading up to the election, traffic-camera proponents had increased their advertising, inc [more]
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Weekly Recap: Ignition-switch recall stirs new controversy for GM

Weekly Recap: Ignition-switch recall stirs new controversy for GM

Filed under: Motorsports, Performance, Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, Fisker, Design/Style GM has recalled an estimated 2.6 million vehicles for the ignition switches, and it's believed at least 32 deaths have resulted from the crashes. General Motors again came under f [more]
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New death linked to Takata airbag crisis, Honda recalls 170k vehicles overseas

New death linked to Takata airbag crisis, Honda recalls 170k vehicles overseas

Filed under: Government/Legal, Japan, Recalls, Safety, Honda The safety crisis surrounding Takata's exploding airbags continues to expand. In the latest revelation, Honda confirms another death linked to the faulty parts, and the company is expanding its recall of the components. However, none of t [more]
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How GM's OnStar is building a better Check Engine Light

How GM's OnStar is building a better Check Engine Light

Filed under: Maintenance, Safety, Technology, GM, Ownership Soon, OnStar will be used to mine your car's systems and compare its findings against vast pools of data in the cloud. We've all become accustomed to our cars' dashboards warning us of an impending calamity, be it low fuel, low tire pr [more]
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