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Report: 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 focused on rusting heat shields, which may become dislodged and jam the [...]

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Featured: Traffic lights could be next big cyber attack threat [w/videos]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Technology, Videos A teenage computer whiz hacked into software that controlled traffic lights in a southwestern US city. Once inside the program, the 16-year-old boy accessed systems that could wreak havoc. An investigator said the boy could have turned all the lights to a blinking-red default that would snarl traffic. Or worse, [...]

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Featured: Will copyright law stop you from working on your car in the near future?

Filed under: Maintenance, Government/Legal, Technology, Ownership “It gives manufacturers the power to control secondary markets by leveraging the copyright law, if it doesn’t include enough of a safety valve.” – Kit Walsh Plan on repairing or modifying a car in the garage this weekend? You might want to first consult a copyright lawyer. In a [...]

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Official: 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 of injuries or deaths going unreported to federal authorities dating back to July 2003. [...]

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Report: 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 killed her boyfriend in the front [...]

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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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