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Report: US driver data privacy laws aren’t strict enough for EU

Filed under: Government/Legal, Infotainment, Technology In October the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manfuacturers informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they were working together on a set of privacy protection guidelines for drivers. The privacy concerns the data collected by modern automobiles, like vehicle location, biometrics or infotainment usage, [...]

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Report: Nissan’s London Black Cab postponed because it can’t meet emissions targets

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Government/Legal, Commercial Vehicles, Nissan, UK, Specialty Emissions concerns in London are causing headaches for Nissan, as the company continues its efforts to bring its Black Cab to the city’s streets. A proposed ultra-low emissions zone could lead to standards in the city center that are so strict the gas-powered taxi can’t meet [...]

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Report: 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 recalls or in the way Uncle Sam punishes automakers [...]

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Senator says Takata airbags are ‘ticking time bomb’

Filed under: Government/Legal “This is a problem that shows deep and wide issues in their quality-control process.” – Sean Kane Exploding airbags that spray lethal amounts of shrapnel at unsuspecting drivers are “ticking time bombs” that potentially threaten millions of American motorists, a leading US Senator said Thursday. Although automakers have issued at least two [...]

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Report: 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 disclosing them to the public. At its maximum, [...]

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Report: Amnesty International slams Abu Dhabi ahead of F1 race

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Middle East Human rights and motor racing don’t typically belong in the same sentence, but a damning report issued by Amnesty International regarding political dissent in the United Arab Emirates was just released ahead of the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 80-page report entitled There is No Freedom Here: Silencing [...]

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Breaking: 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 administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rosekind has served [...]

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Official: 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the feds are requesting nationwide action. [...]

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Featured: 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, including a TV spot featuring an emotional appeal to voters from a [...]

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Report: Why the Charger Hellcat can’t be ordered with a manual transmission

Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Dodge, Autoblog Black Fans of truly irreverent amounts of horsepower will find lots to love in the form of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models. Both of them send 707 ridiculous horsepower to the rear wheels; the only question is whether you want your [...]

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U-Turn: 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 fire this week for its handling of its far-reaching ignition-switch recall. Newly released emails [...]

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Report: Congresswoman calls for NASCAR to suspend Busch over domestic violence accusations

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal Representative Jackie Speier (inset), a Democrat from California, is calling on NASCAR to suspend alleged domestic abuser Kurt Busch ahead of Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch’s ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll made the domestic violence claims in court earlier this week. “I am disappointed to see that NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing [...]

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Report: 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 the newly added vehicles are in the United States. With the confirmation [...]

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Report: Uber Miami accused of coaching drivers to circumvent airport laws

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, UAW/Unions More and more users are finding on-demand ridesharing services to be extremely convenient. However, there isn’t much love for the competition among traditional taxi drivers for these new services, with some going so far as to protest their development in Europe earlier this year. Now, fresh controversy is popping [...]

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Motorsports: European lobby group calls for end of alcohol sponsorship in F1

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Marketing/Advertising A European lobby group has called for the end of alcohol sponsorship in Formula One, issuing an open letter to FIA president Jean Todt. According to the letter published by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, drunk driving accounted for 6,500 deaths (or 25 percent of road deaths) across Europe in [...]

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Report: Why Texas won’t let Polaris deliver Slingshots to its citizens

Filed under: Performance, Government/Legal, Specialty Texas might be known for the independent spirit of its people and for long stretches of high-speed open road, but prospective buyers of the Polaris Slingshot need to look elsewhere for their three-wheeled thrills. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles says that the sporty models cannot be registered there because [...]

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Report: Takata chairman drops out of sight amidst airbag crisis

Filed under: Government/Legal, Japan, Safety, Earnings/Financials The problems plaguing automotive supplier Takata this year for its faulty airbag inflators are starting to take their toll. Not only do an estimated 7.8 million vehicles need repairs, but it’s facing an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A recent report also alleges that hidden attempts [...]

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Followup: Senator angry over latest General Motors ignition-switch revelations

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety Following fresh revelations that General Motors has continued to conceal information related to its ongoing safety crisis, a leading US Senator has called the company’s conduct “outrageous” and called for more hearings on Capitol Hill. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), one of the top critics of the automaker’s conduct in handling [...]

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Report: Parents angry after motorist who ran over 3-year-old has tickets dismissed [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Videos A Queens, New York couple is furious after the driver who ran over and killed their three-year-old daughter last year had the two citations stemming from the incident dismissed by a judge at the DMV in July. The family only recently learned about the lack of punishment in their little [...]

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