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Mazda recalling 18k Mazda6 and RX-8 models over airbag inflators

Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Mazda Faulty Takata airbag inflators keep taking their toll on automakers. Mazda is the latest to be affected in the US by announcing a recall covering 18,050 Mazda6 and RX-8 models to replace the front, passenger-side airbags. Specifically, the campaign covers 18,000 Mazda6 units from the 2003 and 2004 [...]

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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 themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel [...]

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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 themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel [...]

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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. Perhaps most troubling about this latest volley, [...]

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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 vigilant. They’re collectively navigating some of [...]

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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 such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the [...]

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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 the difficult small overlap front test, where Hyundai’s [...]

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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 plug between the pinion gear and steering gear assembly could [...]

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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 addressing an ignition-switch defect that killed more than a dozen motorists. CEO Mary Barra [...]

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